While its rising popularity as a holistic health remedy can’t be ignored, many people are still in the dark about what chelation is.
Chelation is a form of blood cleansing used in conventional medicine to rid the body of toxic heavy metals such as lead, mercury, aluminum, nickel, and arsenic, which the body itself cannot eliminate.
Safe chemical agents are used, including EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) and DMSA (dimercaptosuccinic acid), and are chemically bound to toxic metal molecules so that newly formed compounds can be removed from the system.
In addition to its use in the treatment of heavy metal toxicity, chelation has shown promise in the treatment of cardiovascular disease and the improvement of atherosclerosis.
It may also be useful in the treatment of autism, ADHD and some other conditions that may be related to the toxicity of heavy metals.
Because of all of the unnatural food we eat, as well as chemical products we put on our bodies and ingest, our bodies end up accumulating trace amounts of toxic heavy metals.
These are especially likely to accumulate in the blood, which is one of the filtration systems of the body.
Remember, each cell in our bodies must consume vitamins and minerals, and excrete waste. When our cells encounter substances they have no use for, they inevitably have to put it somewhere.
In a properly functioning body, all traces of matter that don’t belong in the body or that are harmful to it are passed through the digestive system to be filtered out or excreted.
The issues arise when our body’s encounter ongoing amounts of harmful matter that we have not evolved or adapted to deal with efficiently.
In nature, there is no way for the average animal to ingest large amounts of heavy metals. Thus, they have never adapted or evolved a way to cope.
Our bodies at present find it extremely difficult to filter out harmful substances from the blood when these substances are allowed to accumulate. The biggest offenders would be mercury and aluminum, which are toxic for us if the trace amounts reach a certain threshold.
Herbs and Supplements for Chelation
Chelation therapy is the name given to the process of introducing natural (often plant-based) substances into the body that chelate and then remove foreign substances such as cadmium, lead, and other heavy metals.
With the proper herbs, it is possible to chelate at home without invasive medical procedures, as many kinds of herbs enhance the natural blood purification process in your body that is already there.
Here are few of the proven herbs and supplements that perform a chelation on your body:
1. Cilantro or coriander
Cilantro Chelation is very popular and removes heavy metals like aluminum, lead, and mercury from the system. In fact, urine tests after consumption of coriander soup show an increase in urinary mercury levels.
You can add lots of cilantro/cilantro or Chinese parsley to your green juice. Sprinkle chopped cilantro on rice, burritos, salads, soups, etc.
2. Chelation of Garlic
Garlic or Allium Sativa has a very high binding capacity to heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, and mercury. Eat lots of garlic in raw or grilled form. Add it to your soups, salads and sauteed recipes.
This herb comes in the form of capsules and liquid. It has natural chelating properties, and it is also a regulator of the heart.
4. Milk Thistle (Silymarin)
Another popular herb that binds to toxins and heavy metals is milk thistle. It binds to heavy metals, blood glucose, and cholesterol deposits. Take 230-600 g of silymarin per day. You can also drink tea with milk thistle or tablets.
Asparagus cleanses and strengthens the functions of the blood and kidneys. It is diuretic Also, the high content of folic acid helps in the production of red blood cells.
6. Cayenne pepper and ginger
Cayenne pepper is exceptionally beneficial for heart patients who have clogged blood vessels. In combination with other medicinal herbs, it stimulates blood circulation, dissolves clots and prevents strokes and heart attacks. Ginger and pepper together expand the blood vessels in general.
This herb improves blood circulation in the legs, which can help with a number of issues.
Astragalus or Dairy root removes fats from the diet, protects the immune system function by supporting adrenal function and digestion. It also increases metabolism and stimulates sweating to chelate toxins. Astragalus is particularly nutritious for people recovering from the disease and providing energy to combat fatigue. Many doctors prescribe to chemotherapy patients to remove residual toxins. You need at least 250 mg per day.
Chlorella is a blue-green algae that binds to mercury in the colon. Combine with coriander to remove mercury from the tissues and the colon.
10. Herbs that strengthen the kidney
Dandelion root, corn silk, Uva Ursi, parsley, Buchu leaf, juniper berries and celery seeds strengthen the kidneys. Use the gravel root to throw stones at the kidney.
Heavy Metals Linked With Numerous Diseases
Many popular ailments and diseases are mislabeled in modern day medicine. For example, pseudo-illnesses like IBS, Crohn’s, gluten intolerance, leaky gut, eczema, and food allergies, could all more properly be all lumped under one umbrella and simply labeled “auto-immune dysfunction” brought on by an improper diet.
The concept of diseases is more of a marketing gimmick than anything, but that’s another story.
What’s important is to realize that many of the so-called “diseases” or “ailments” you may have been labeled with are in fact merely the result of heavy metal toxicity, the result of having trace amounts of certain toxic metals in your blood above a certain tolerance threshold, and your body is reacting accordingly.
If you have random malaise that includes some of the following symptoms (that come and go seemingly at random but always pop up again), you probably are in need of chelation: mysterious abdominal pain, anemia despite a good iron intake, heart palpitations or problems, nerve disorders (tingly extremities, poor circulation, always cold, etc.), re-occurring diarrhea, brain fog, or are easily made nauseous.
These are just some of the symptoms.
Heavy metal toxicity has wide-reaching and potentially devastating affects on the human body if left untreated. The effects also differ depending on the metal in question.
Heavy metals in the blood can affect and / or damage everything from the cardiovascular system to the liver, to the bones. It is important that if you want to start an holistic diet and lifestyle that chelation be looked into as a means of “rebooting” your body.
For example, many people who go from a normal Western diet to a vegan one, complain months down the road that they haven’t seen significant health benefits or that they haven’t cured their auto-immune disorders like allergies.
Just eating a healthy diet isn’t enough to “cleanse” all parts of the body from the accumulated toxins and garbage that has been stacking up for several decades. This is where chelation comes in. Sometimes, certain herbs can be used to gently nudge the body’s natural processes in the right direction.
With assistance from these herbal substances, the body is guided and strengthened to employ its ability to purify itself, and the result is that the heavy metals are quite literally washed out, either by filtration, relocation, or outright disintegration.
It is important to note that if you are serious about performing an herbal chelation, you should follow the recommended steps of detoxing so you don’t overburden any one part of your body.
That means first cleansing the colon (performing a colonic or using herbs to gently cleanse the colon, along with eating a fruit and vegetable based, fiber rich diet for at least a few weeks). Then, cleansing the liver is recommended. The liver is the “water filtration plant” of the body, where many harmful substances go to be separated and quarantined.
The liver can take a lot of punishment, but a sudden influx of heavy metals from the blood brought on by chelation, in tandem with an already overloaded liver, can result in nausea, cramping, or worse.
While such occurrences are rare (one would have to have a very poorly functioning liver for this to occur), nevertheless, you will help your body cleanse in the right order and ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible.
Only once your colon and liver have been cleansed should a strong chelation process be taken up. However, once you experience a chelation, you will wish you had done the whole process sooner.
The removal of that “malaise” of middle age, the strengthening and quickening of the metabolism, and the answer for many auto-immune diseases is all possible with this herbal practice.
If you have ever experienced a chelation before or have any questions about the process, please drop a comment for us below!