Chelation Therapy Cost

Last Updated on September 3, 2022
Written by CPA Alec Pow | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popinker

The chelation, a type of therapy for detoxification of heavy metals in the body is extremely beneficial, being used in a long series of ailments, which target heavy metals with which we are intoxicated every day from the environment, from food, from cosmetics, or from various industrial products we use.

Thus, heavy metal chelation is successfully applied in metal poisoning, cardiovascular diseases, atheroma plaques, carotid stenosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, peripheral vascular disease, osteoporosis, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, as well as a relief of the effects of aging.

How Much Does Chelation Therapy Cost?

Depending on your medical condition, you will have to spend anywhere between $3,500 and $4,500 for the chelation therapy treatment.

Before beginning the chelation therapy, most doctors will want to take you through a physical exam and evaluate your medical and health history. Be prepared to pay anywhere between $130 and $180 for the doctor’s office visit fee.

In order to make sure that you are suitable for the procedure, you will be required to go through a lab screening after this evaluation. This includes a basic urine and blood test. Depending on the number of tests your physician orders and the lab you choose, you will have to pay anywhere between $120 and $250 for this screening.

After you passed through all tests and evaluations and it is decided that you are a good candidate for chelation therapy, you will start the I.V. treatment, which will cost anywhere between $85 and $160 each. In order to check on your results, the majority of doctors will recommend taking a lab test after every six to eight treatments.

According to Harvard University, the cost of each I.V. treatment is anywhere between $80 and $130, and dozens of three-hour treatments will be necessary over a period of a month to notice the desired results. The same source says that the overall cost of treatment will be more than $5,000 and, in general, it is not covered by health insurance.

You might also like our articles about the cost of cold laser therapy, cupping therapy, or EMDR therapy.

Also, according to The New York Times, the costs of chelation therapy will exceed $5,000.

Chelation therapy details

Chelation therapy refers to the injection or consumption of chelating agents to remove unwanted substances from the body, such as heavy metals, chemical toxins, mineral deposits, and atheroma plaques.

Chelation treatment uses EDTA to remove heavy metals from the blood, such as lead, mercury, nickel, cadmium, aluminum, antimony, arsenic, copper, and calcium. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of EDTA as safe in the treatment of toxicity caused by the accumulation of heavy metals in the body. Intravenous treatment is stronger and faster than oral treatment. Intravenous administration takes about 30 minutes.

How does it work in the body?

Heavy Metals in BloodEDTA is an outstanding arterial cleanser, having the ability to effectively remove arterial plaque, cholesterol and stagnant heavy metals. Moreover, it restricts and prevents the flow of blood and oxygen from the blood vessels in the body. Another benefit, and perhaps the most important for cancer patients, is that EDTA removes excess free radicals from the body, which contribute to the onset and progression of cancer.

Heavy metals are defined as molecules with a relatively high density compared to water. Studies have shown that human exposure has increased dramatically as a result of an exponential increase in their use in more and more industrial, agricultural and technological applications. According to scientific reports, heavy metals in the environment come from geogenic, industrial, agricultural, pharmaceutical, household and atmospheric sources.

Adverse effects and contraindications

EDTA chelation treatment was approved by the FDA over 40 years ago as a safe and effective treatment for heavy metal poisoning.

The most common side effect of chelation therapy is a burning sensation at the site of intravenous EDTA administration. This aspect can be remedied by adjusting the infusion rate or by applying a warm compress. Rarely, side effects may also include hypoglycemia (therefore patients will be asked to eat before treatments), mild headaches, mild hypertension, phlebitis, feelings of fatigue (due to the detoxification effect), diarrhea, and mild muscle cramps.

What are the additional expenses?

We already mentioned above that you will have to go through lab screening after every six to eight procedures to see if there are any improvements. Your toxic metal levels like mercury will be tested with these screenings. In case levels are still high, you will have to continue the treatment. Expect to pay anywhere between $110 and $230 for each lab screening.

Be prepared to pay another $160 to $290 for each additional test besides the mandatory screening like testing for environmental toxins or toxic metals.

Important things to consider

By 1980, more than 2 million EDTA chelation therapies, or approximately 100 million infusions, had been performed in the United States, with no severe side effects reported.

Due to its ability to bind and remove calcium from atheroma plaques, EDTA chelation therapy is increasingly recommended by doctors in the case of cardiovascular complications, representing a much cheaper and more bearable alternative for the patient compared to surgical interventions. We remind you that atheroma plaques cause heart attacks and other cardiovascular diseases.

How can I save money?

As you will need more than one session, it would be a good idea to buy your sessions in bulk because many clinics offer a discount of up to 20% for bulk buyers.

Most health insurance companies will not cover the costs of chelation therapy because this procedure is considered controversial.

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