Alternative Medicines for Heart Disease

Chelation Therapy for Heart Disease

According to chelation therapy, removing calcium from the bloodstream and out through the kidneys can help clear any plaque that has built up on blood vessel walls. That's because calcium contributes to the glue that holds plaque together. Once the calcium is gone, the plaque (containing deposits of fat, cholesterol, and other substances) breaks down on its own and also leaves the body.

The process of removing calcium and other minerals starts with intravenous injections of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), an amino acid that binds to metallic ions in the body and renders them chemically inactive. These joined-together substances are then excreted by the kidneys in the urine.

Various clinical studies of chelation therapy have yielded promising results. In one trial, the majority of people with heart disease who were each given 20 chelation treatments experienced an improvement in chest pain. The reported side effects included nausea and dry mouth. The treatments are often combined with a supplemental regimen of vitamins, minerals, and trace elements (to replace any lost during the chelation process), as well as long-term dietary changes. Only a licensed physician is qualified to perform chelation therapy. Look for someone who has been well trained in this area.

Other Heart Disease Therapies

  • Ayurvedic Medicine for Heart Disease -- Effective treatment may include dietary alterations, herbal therapy, and meditation.
  • Guided Imagery and Creative Visualization for Heart Disease -- People with heart disease can focus on images of clear arteries and a healthy heart.
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine for Heart Disease -- Treatment involves acupuncture, acupressure, dietary changes, herbal therapy, and qigong.
  • Yoga for Heart Disease -- Poses and breathing exercises are an important part of a treatment program, as research has shown.

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