Chelation

Vishaal Veerula, M.D. -  - Integrative Medicine Physician

Fort Wayne Integrative Medicine

Vishaal Veerula, M.D.

Integrative Medicine Physician & Internist located in Fort Wayne, IN

If you’re concerned about having been exposed to heavy metals or are at risk of developing a chronic disease, chelation therapy is an effective treatment. Board-certified internal medicine and integrative medicine physician Vishaal Veerula, MD, of Fort Wayne Integrative Medicine, is committed to helping men and women in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with this cutting-edge treatment to restore you to optimal health. Call the office or request an appointment online to learn how chelation therapy can cleanse your body today.

Chelation Q & A

What is chelation therapy?

Chelation therapy removes heavy metals from your blood. Chelation therapy is effective against common poisonings from lead, mercury, nickel, cadmium, and arsenic. Metals that are also effectively cleansed with chelation therapy, but are less common, include copper, aluminum, zinc, and thallium.

You may have been exposed to heavy metals from the environment, certain foods, water, or medications. You can breathe them in, eat them, or absorb them through the skin. Some metals are naturally occurring and naturally absorbed and removed through your body’s lymphatic system.

But, too much metal can cause serious health complications, including organ failure and mental changes. Chelation therapy helps remove excess metals to prevent these complications and may be effective in addressing symptoms caused by autism and heart disease, among other conditions.

How does chelation therapy work?

Chelation therapy involves the injection or oral ingestion of specific medications, known as a chelator, into your bloodstream. The chelator works to remove excess metals from your body. The medications bind to heavy metals in your bloodstream so your body can effectively process and filter them out through your kidneys.

What are the benefits of chelation therapy?

Chelation therapy is an effective and safe way to remove harmful heavy metals from your body. It’s safe and well-tolerated. The process is noninvasive and protects you from the harmful effects heavy metals can have on your body and health.

You may have some side effects, including burning or tingling at the injection site. Some people also develop a fever, headache, or nausea following therapy. These side effects subside relatively quickly, however.  

If you have any questions or concerns before chelation therapy, don’t hesitate to bring them up with your provider.

Am I a candidate for chelation therapy?

To determine if you’re a candidate for chelation therapy, Dr. Veerula performs specific blood and urine tests to check for excess metals in your blood. He also reviews your health history, potential exposures, and physical health to determine if you need treatment.

If you’re interested in learning more about chelation therapy, request an appointment at Fort Wayne Integrative Therapy by calling the office or using the online booking tool today.