The more my research extends into the world of alternate treatments, the more I question my own personal experience with primary care physicians and specialists. It seems that my own medical radius is limited to several of the previously mentioned treatments. There seems to be little knowledge locally concerning these revolutionary fields. But apparently, someone is feeling better somewhere else; that's for sure.
Chelation therapy is based on the concept that when an amino acid complex known as EDTA (ethylene-diamine-tetra-acetic acid) comes into contact with positively charged metals and other substances, it will bind these toxins and remove them from the body. When EDTA binds to toxins, a stable compound will be formed that will then be excreted from the system.
While synthetic amino acids are used in chelation therapy, the process actually takes place naturally in our bodies. For instance, during digestion, amino acids will naturally bind to minerals such as iron in order to transport them to other parts of the body where they will be released.
Chelation therapy for fibromyalgia treatment can help eliminate built-up ionic substances such as lead, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, plutonium and manganese.
Chelation has been used for fibromyalgia treatment as well as the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome which is believed to be aggravated by heavy metal toxicity. Exposure to environmental toxins is believed to possibly contribute to fibromylagia symptoms, making it important to remove any toxins that are stored in fatty tissue from the body. Chelation therapy can be used as a natural fiibromyalgia treatment for its cleansing properties, as the accumulation of toxic exposure may contribute to cellular damage and future health problems.
Chelation therapy for fibromyalgia treatment may help reduce symptoms including:
- neurological symptoms
- cardiovascular symptoms
- respiratory problems
- urinary problems
- gastrointestinal symptoms
Chelation fibromyalgia treatment will typically involve a blood infusion of EDTA. However, in some cases EDTA may be administered orally. In addition, organic complexes other than EDTA may be infused.
EDTA infusion will likely require a series of treatments of up to 20 to 30 sessions, scheduled two to three times a week. A needle will be inserted into a vein in the hand, arm or leg, and the EDTA fluid will be drip fed into the body for approximately three and half hours. Additional minerals or supplements that may be infused along with EDTA may include B vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium and heparin (to prevent clotting) if the health care provider believes that the patient will benefit from these.
Fibromylagia patients who opt for chelation therapy should take into consideration that the body is likely to be chemically addicted to the substances that will be eliminated. For this reason, chelatin therapy will often result in short term withdrawal symptoms as the body begins to build up its natural immunity.