Chelation therapy, a natural treatment for removing heavy metals from the body, is typically completed within five to 30 treatments. Therapy sessions last a couple of hours, so eating protein before the appointment and bringing high protein snacks is important for keeping blood pressure and blood sugar levels stable. Avoiding multivitamins and dairy products on the day of chelation therapy is also a must.
During the treatment session, a doctor will insert an IV through which the amino acid is distributed. Drinking water during this time promotes the success of the treatment because the toxins are removed through urine. Although patients may feel an ache in the IV arm, the treatment session should otherwise be painless. Keeping the arm still throughout the treatment is also important as it prevents the IV from slipping out.
Feeling tired after treatment is normal. Patients can resume their daily activities and eat their normal diet, but supplements are needed to replace the vitamins and minerals that are removed as a result of chelation therapy. Side effects of the treatment include headaches, upset stomachs, and diarrhea, all of which are best cured through plenty of rest.