Activated Charcoal Universal Antidote

Activated charcoal is considered to be medicine's most powerful absorbent and as such, it readily works to absorb many toxins and poisons, rendering them harmless.

What is activated charcoal?

Activated charcoal is simply burnt wood that has had all the oxygen removed through controlled oxidation and or processing by steam. Before the nineteenth century plain burnt wood was used in the same way activated charcoal is used today. Activated charcoal has up to four times the absorption power of plain burnt wood. Although charcoal briquettes, burned toast, burned meat or any burned food can be harmful carcinogens or cancer producers, activated charcoal is an important health aid. Activated charcoal is most commonly produced from hardwood trees or coconut shells.

How is activated charcoal used as an antidote?

As an antidote, activated charcoal is mainly known both for its use in drug overdoses and chemical poisonings. Charcoal acts to purify and cleanse the body due to its amazing ability to attract poisons to itself. Charcoal has a wide range of absorption. Heavy metals, viruses, bacterial and fungal toxins, etc. are all absorbed effectively. Activated charcoal often absorbs more than its own weight of injurious materials.

How does charcoal work?

Internally as an antidote and remedy, charcoal works by binding drugs and poisons within the gastrointestinal tract. This allows their transfer out of the body in a harmless form. Charcoal absorbs like a sponge, and renders poisons harmless. It can do varied tasks because of it’s amazing ability to attract other substances to its surface and hold on to them until they exit the body.

How is activated charcoal used internally?

One tablespoon or more mixed into glass of water is usually all that is required. Charcoal is an odorless and tasteless powder that is best taken between meals-two hours before or two hours after a meal. One teaspoon of charcoal has a surface area of more than 10,000 square feet. This unique feature allows it to absorb large amounts of chemicals and poisons. Activated charcoal powder must be stored in a tightly sealed container because it really absorbs impurities from the atmosphere. If kept in a glass jar or can, charcoal will store indefinitely. Mason jars with seals are ideal for storage.

Is activated charcoal harmful in anyway?

Studies show that activated charcoal is harmless when ingested, inhaled or when it comes into contact with the skin. In rare cases charcoal may mildly irritate the bowel in sensitive persons, but no allergies or other side effects have been recorded. It can also be slightly constipating.

How can everyone benefit from drinking charcoal mixed in water?

For the few sensitive persons that may have Crohn's disease, colitis or irritable bowel syndrome, etc. there is a special way to prepare charcoal. Actually, every person reading this paper can benefit by using this formula for preparation.

Put two tablespoons of charcoal into quart jar with a little water. Mix well. Fill the jar to the top with more water. Put a lid on the jar and shake. Let the mixture sit overnight. The next day, pour off the water into another empty jar and discard the charcoal that has settled to the bottom. The mixture is now ready to use or to save for future use.

You can use this mixture in an infant's baby bottle, for colic. Dilute with more water if necessary. As long as a suspension is stored in a closed container, the potency of the suspension will be preserved indefinitely. It is suggested to drink this mixture first thing in the morning as far away from breakfast time as possible. Try this for three months and see how much better you feel.

How does charcoal work with drug or aspirin poisoning?

The most common drug poisoning is from aspirin. Charcoal should be given within the first 30 minutes of an overdose. Powdered charcoal reaches its maximum rate of absorption rapidly, within one minute. The sooner it is given the better the chances of successful treatment. Charcoal given after one hour of fast absorbing drugs, like aspirin, are usually only about 10 percent effective.

How can charcoal be used externally?

Externally, charcoal has been found to be effective for itchy skin, infections, gangrenous ulcers, insect bites and stings. Charcoal poultices draw toxins and poisons out through the skin tissue. Skin tissue is itself a permeable membrane that allows a two-way transfer of liquids and gases. The skin is the largest organ of the body, and therefore a very vital organ. Do not put charcoal directly on an open wound, it can cause a pigment tattooed effect. Instead use a poultice application, which filters out charcoal pigment and allows the healing moisture to go through.

How is a poultice made?

A poultice (which means paste), is generally made with charcoal and a little water. The poultice should be about one-fourth inch thick and put into a cloth or paper towel. One important point about a poultice is that it needs to be kept moist to be effective. Covering the poultice with plastic wrap or plastic bag will keep air from drying it out. Charcoal may be used by itself, or with ground flaxseed or clay added. Using equal parts of charcoal, clay, and ground flaxseed makes a nice poultice that will remain moist overnight when covered with plastic.