Definition of chelation therapy in English:

chelation therapy


mass noun
  • 1A therapy for mercury or lead poisoning that binds the toxins in the bloodstream by circulating a chelating solution.

    • ‘Appropriate medical management involves a thorough clinical evaluation and possible cautious use of chelation therapy in children with refractory blood lead levels.’
    • ‘A follow-up study on the blood heavy metals levels of factory workers and surrounding inhabitants is also indicated, with the introduction of chelation therapy to prevent metal poisoning.’
    • ‘Treatment is based on chelation therapy, in which a drug is administered that binds the lead and allows it to be excreted safely from the body.’
    • ‘In any case, chelation therapy is not covered by Medicare nor will most insurance companies pay for it.’
    1. 1.1 A form of complementary therapy involving the intravenous infusion of substances intended to remove calcium from hardened arteries.
      • ‘The neurologist diagnosed Wilson's disease (hepatolenticular degeneration) and Andrew was started on chelation therapy in a specialist centre.’
      • ‘These data demonstrate that EDTA chelation therapy results in significantly increased urinary losses of lead, zinc, cadmium, and calcium following EDTA chelation therapy.’
      • ‘Psychological support is important in managing chelation therapy and other aspects of the condition.’
      • ‘What is the Government doing to promote the use of alternative health therapies, and can the Minister advise whether any such proposals will include an evaluation of chelation therapy?’
      • ‘Study participants will receive 30 weekly infusions of EDTA chelation therapy followed by 10 bimonthly infusions.’
      • ‘None of these children had levels that required chelation therapy, as stipulated in CDC case-management guidelines.’
      • ‘Treatment may range from avoiding further exposure if levels are borderline to chelation therapy if it is high.’
      • ‘But chelation therapy can also remove necessary substances from the vital organs.’
      • ‘In many patients, the need for transfusion and chelation therapy may be life-long.’
      • ‘I suggest to those members that there might be more in the system - more in chelation therapy - than that member over there gives it credit for.’
      • ‘This, fittingly, is the same mentality that brought us bypass surgery as a first resort, then consider suggesting diet, exercise, and nutritional supplementation, not to mention chelation therapy.’