|ACTIVATED CHARCOAL POULTICE|
Blend 3 tablespoons of flaxseed (or use cornstarch).
Mix flax meal together with 1-3 tablespoons of charcoal
Add 1 cup water.
Set aside for 10-20 minutes to thicken, or mixture may be
heated and allowed to cool.
Spread the jelly evenly over an appropriate size cloth or
Cover the jelly with a second cloth or paper towel.
Position poultice over the area to be treated (i.e. - liver,
stomach, kidneys, spleen, knee, eye, ear, sting or bite
Cover poultice with plastic 1 inch larger all around (to
keep paste from spreading and drying too quickly). Secure
with surgical tap or ace bandage.
Leave poultice in place overnight or from 2-4 hours, if
applied during the day.
This poultice, without any thickening
agent, is a variation of the one described above. Consequently the
charcoal may dry out more quickly and will need to be changed or
remoistened. Mix charcoal (1 to 2 Tbs.) with a little water to form
a wet paste. It should be moist but not crumbly or drippy.
- Spread the paste on one half of a folded paper towel,
loosely woven cloth, or piece of gauze cut to fit the area
to be treated . When ready the cloth should be moist, and
thoroughly saturated with the paste.
- Then cover the paste by folding over the other half of
the paper towel or cloth.
- Next place the charcoal poultice on the affected body
part making sure it completely covers the area.
- Cover the poultice with plastic (when available, plastic
food wrap works fine) cut to overlap the poultice by an inch
on every side . This will keep it from drying out. If the
charcoal dries out, it will not be able to adsorb.
- Finish off by bandaging or taping the poultice securely
in place. Leave it on for several hours, or better yet,
overnight. After 6 to 10 hours another poultice can be
Note : Poultices of
any kind only work if there is continuous moist contact with the
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This POWERFUL Healing Tool ADSORBS EFFICIENTLY, being used
for localized DETOXIFICATION (i.e. - TOXIC Liver, Bee Stings, Spider
or Snake Bites). NOTE: Adsorption (adsorb) is a POWERFUL Electrical
Action and absorption (absorb) is ONLY a Mechanical Action.
- Blend two tablespoons of Flax Seeds in a Blender to make a
Flax Seed Meal. NOTE: Make up ONLY as MUCH Flax Seed Meal as you
NEED for the Poultice and if there is ANY EXTRA Meal, then store
it in the Refrigerator. Be SURE to use it though within 1 week,
since the Meal starts becoming RANCID afterwards, making it
TOXIC to the Body! Slippery Elm Inner Bark Powder, which does
NOT become RANCID, could be substituted instead. NOTE: Dr.
Richard Schulze's Intestinal Formula #2 can be used instead to
make an even BETTER Poultice! Formula #2 can be obtained from
the American Botanical Pharmacy.
- Mix an EQUAL amount of Activated Charcoal Powder SLOWLY
together with the Flax Seed Meal in a small Pot, that contains 5
- 6 tablespoons of Distilled (preferably) Water.
- Bring this Mixture to a Boil and stir until obtaining a
Toothpaste consistency. NOTE: The desired consistency should be
such that it is NOT TOO WET to run all over, or TOO DRY to fall
- Spread the Poultice Paste EVENLY on top of a 6 x 6 inch
Macroporous Cloth/Towel (i.e. - Cotton Cheesecloth, Cotton
Gauze, or even an unbleached (preferably) double-layered Paper
- Place another layer of 6 X 6 inch Cloth/Towel DIRECTLY on
top of this Poultice Paste laden bottom layer.
- Place a 7 X 7 inch piece of double-layered Saran Wrap
DIRECTLY on top of the now COMPLETED Poultice to cover it, while
leaving 1 inch ALL the way around.
- Place this Activated Charcoal Poultice over the desired area
of Skin to be treated (i.e. - Liver, Stomach, Kidneys, Spleen,
Knee, Sting/Bite Area or ...).
- Place Surgical Tape around the Poultice and stick it to the
Skin Area to be treated. NOTE: Saran Wrap, a Towel, or an Ace or
other stretch-type Bandage could also be wrapped around the
Poultice to secure it into place.
- Leave this Activated Charcoal Poultice in place overnight or
at LEAST for 2 to 4 hours, if applied during the day. NOTE: If
the Poultice is used over the Liver, it should be changed EVERY
day until the very BAD odor is TOTALLY GONE for 2 days in a row.
Do NOT reuse Activated Charcoal Poultice after each use! An
Activated Charcoal Poultice can be made ANY size, using a
Band-Aid to make a SMALL one or a Cotton Sheet to make a LARGE
NOTE: If you NEED to use Activated Charcoal for an Eye Problem(s),
then you can make a small 2" X 2" Charcoal Poultice (see above) and
place it over one eyelid for 8-10 hours, repeat for the other
eyelid. You can use a Ski Cap or Surgical Tape to hold the Charcoal
Poultice on the eyelid.
References: Charcoal Booklet - C.R. Carnes. Rx Charcoal - Agatha
Thrash, Calvin Thrash & Phylis Austin. Home Remedies (chapter -
Charcoal Therapy) - Agatha Moody Thrash & Calvin Thrash.
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Activated Charcoal Universal Antidote and
Richard C. Kaufman, Ph.D.
Activated charcoal is a highly absorbent gritty black material
commonly found in air and water filters. Activated charcoal is
created by carbonizing organic matter in a kiln under anaerobic
conditions and activating the material with oxidizing gases like
steam or air at high temperatures. This oxidative process erodes the
charcoals internal surfaces and increases its adsorption capacity by
creating an internal network of very fine pores. Usually bone char,
coconut shells, peat, coal, petroleum coke, and sawdust are the
starting materials for making activated charcoal.
Early Uses Of Charcoal The medical uses for charcoal date back to
the Egyptian Papyrus of 1550 B.C. During the time of Hippocrates
(400 B.C.) physicians treated epilepsy and anthrax with charcoal. In
the 1700s charcoal was often prescribed for bilious problems
(excessive bile excretion). After the development of the charcoal
activation process (1870 to 1920), many reports appeared in medical
journals about activated charcoal as an antidote for poisons and a
cure for intestinal disorders.
Contemporary Charcoal Use Modern research has validated most of
the early uses for charcoal and discovered exciting new
applications. This article will discuss the many important
therapeutic uses for activated charcoal;(1,6)
- Universal antidote for drugs, chemicals and poisons.
- Systemic clearance of drugs and intoxicants.
- General detoxification.
- Anti-aging and life extension.
- Reducing cholesterol, coronary disease and arteriosclerosis.
- Counteracting pathogens.
- Intestinal complaints.
Antidote For Drugs, Chemicals and Poisons Activated charcoal has
the well-earned reputation of being a universal antidote. It can
adsorb most organic chemicals, many inorganic chemicals and
countless poisonous substances before they can cause harm. How well
activated charcoal really works in practical situations depends on
several different factors:(8)
- The type of toxicant (its chemical structure and physical
- The amount and type of charcoal ingested.
- The length of time from toxin ingestion to activated
- The contents of your intestinal fluids and intestinal
As a general rule, a single large dose of activated charcoal
should be taken as soon as possible after ingesting a poison. The
amount of activated charcoal should exceed the toxic substance by a
factor of eight (a ratio of 8:1). In other words, if youre poisoned
with 5 grams of a chemical, you need to take at least 40 grams of
activated charcoal. Other researchers recommend different dosages.
Some experts believe a 10 to 1 ratio is correct. Still other experts
recommend a fixed amount of 50 to 100 grams. I recommend ingesting a
minimum of 50 grams of activated charcoal as a counterpoison,
because ingesting large amounts of activated charcoal is harmless,
and taking too little is ineffective. Besides, how often in the case
of an emergency can you precisely determine the amount of the
The actual effectiveness of the activated charcoal will vary, so
take more than you think you require. Activated charcoal should be
taken within 30 minutes of ingesting the poison. The longer the
delay, the less effective activated charcoal will be. On some
poisons delaying more than 30 minutes decreases the effectiveness of
the activated charcoal as an antidote by up to 60%. The bottom line
is plain and simple. Keeping activated charcoal in your medicine
cabinet and taking it if you are poisoned could save your life and
your money too. It has been estimated that use of activated charcoal
for treating poisonings could reduce the stay in intensive care from
3 or 4 days to one, saving over $100,000,000 in health care costs
and preventing unnecessary disability and death.(11)
Systemic Clearance of Drugs and Intoxicants Nowadays, activated
charcoal is often used to clear drugs and intoxicants that can enter
the body through the intestinal tract, and even by injection and
other routes. The systemic clearance of toxic substances or
detoxification by activated charcoal is accomplished by taking
multiple daily doses. Activated charcoal detoxifies the body in
Purifies the 6-8 liters of digestive fluids that are secreted
daily which in turn helps remove foreign substances from the blood.
Absorbs the intoxicant substance and its metabolites that are
excreted into the small intestine from the biliary (bile) tract,
preventing their reabsorption.
Absorbs drugs that diffuse back into the stomach and intestines.
Decreases the detoxification work load of the liver.
Activated charcoal shortens the time it takes an intoxicant to
leave the system and decreases the duration and intensity of
symptoms.(15) People who take activated charcoal after drinking
alcohol or taking recreational drugs such as cocaine or amphetamines
recover quicker. I recommend activated charcoal as part of a drug
recovery program to ease withdrawal symptoms and reduce drug
craving. Other nutrients that help are the neurotransmitter
precursors L-Tyrosine, L-Tryptophan, L-Phenylalanine, Choline and
Even experts disagree on the best way of using multiple doses of
activated charcoal to remove intoxicants. Most protocols are based
on experience with drug overdosages. In actual clinical situations,
the activated charcoal regimen is optimized to the patient. The
doctor considers the type of toxic substance, severity of
intoxification, digestive functions and electrolyte balance. For
mild overdoses and intoxification, I suggest up to 80-100 grams
divided into 4-6 daily doses of powdered activated charcoal until
the symptoms are eliminated. Consult an expert who can optimize your
regimen. For a dangerous overdosage call your physician or hospital
General Detoxification Very few health practitioners realize that
activated charcoal is the best single supplement for enhancing
detoxification. Detoxification is an on-going biological process
that prevents toxins (from infectious agents, food, air, water, and
substances that contact the skin) from destroying health. Chronic
exposure to toxins produces cellular damage, diverse diseases,
allergic like reactions, compromised immunity and premature
To use activated charcoal in a detoxification plan, I recommend
about 20 grams a day of powdered activated charcoal be taken in
divided daily doses for several months or the duration of the
In addition to activated charcoal, the ideal detoxification
prescription includes sauna baths, exercise, a special diet, and
supplements (unsaturated fatty acids, vitamin C, niacin, proteolytic
(protein digesting) enzymes, liver support phytonutrients and a
comprehensive multiple nutrient formula.(9)
Anti-Aging and Life Extension Dr. V. V. Frolkis, a famous Russian
Gerontologist, and his colleagues have discovered that activated
charcoal is a potent life-extending agent. Activated charcoal has
been found to increase the mean lifespan of older test animals by
approximately 40% and their maximum lifespan by approximately
Activated charcoal decreases the age-related increase in the
brains sensitivity to drugs and toxins.
Activated charcoal normalizes cholesterol and lipid metabolism.
The regular use of activated charcoal improves the adaptive
functioning of essential organs (the liver, kidneys, and adrenals).
That translates into better defense mechanisms.
Microscopic tissue analysis shows that activated charcoal
prevents many cellular changes associated with aging-decreased
protein synthesis, lower RNA activity, arteriosclerosis, and organ
fibrosis. So the cumulative effects from activated charcoal are
longer life and improved overall health.(19)
A recommended protocol for anti-aging and life extension benefits
is as follows: On two consecutive days each week, take about 30
grams each day of powdered activated charcoal in divided daily
doses. Take charcoal in the morning, at midday and before bed on an
empty stomach. Avoid excessive calories or unhealthy foods on those
Reducing Cholesterol and Coronary Artery Disease You can help
your heart and circulatory system by taking activated charcoal.
Activated charcoal lowers the concentration of total lipids,
cholesterol, and triglycerides in the blood serum, liver, heart and
brain. In one study that was reported in the British journal,
Lancet, on patients with high cholesterol, 8 gm of activated
charcoal taken three times a day lowered total cholesterol 25%,
lowered LDL cholesterol 41% and doubled their HDL/LDL (high-density
lipoprotein/low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol ratio. Microscopic
tissue examination studies have shown that a daily dose of activated
charcoal may prevent sclerotic changes in the heart and coronary
blood vessels. To help your heart and blood vessels, I suggest the
following: 12-17 grams of activated charcoal twice a day for one
month under the guidance of a physician who can measure
cardiovascular improvements and cholesterol levels.(5,15)
Counteracting Pathogens Activated charcoal reduces the activity
of some viruses. So if you catch a cold or the flu, try activated
charcoal. You may suffer less and heal faster. Activated charcoal
also prevents the poisonous activity of many harmful bacteria in the
human body by adsorbing the toxins and enzymes that they generate.
Studies have shown that activated charcoal is an effective treatment
for dysentery, cholera, and many infectious conditions of the
Systemic Candidiasis Activated charcoal can be an effective
adjunct to any regimen for the treatment of systemic Candida
albicans infections. Activated charcoal adsorbs much of the toxins
that Candida produces that otherwise would be absorbed by the blood
and carried throughout the body. These toxins produce pathological
changes in tissues and organs and interfere with proper immune
function. Candida toxins cause allergic reactions and are
responsible for the debilitating symptoms of Candidiasis.
Activated charcoal also suppresses the growth of intestinal-based
yeasts.(3) Activated charcoal counteracts the Herxheimer reaction--a
severe, short-term exacerbation of Candida symptoms caused by the
copious amount of toxins produced by dying yeast cells. The
Herxheimer reaction is often so unpleasant that patients abandon
treatment before completion. Activated charcoal is one method for
alleviating the symptoms of yeast die-off so people can continue
their treatment and not suffer.
I suggest 20-30 grams of powdered activated charcoal a day in
divided dosages on an empty stomach until the problem is eliminated.
The larger amount is taken for more severe situations. Again, a
reminder: do not take required medications within 2 hours of taking
Intestinal Complaints Activated charcoal has been used by
physicians since the last century to treat various intestinal
complaints. Abdominal distension (bloating) and flatulence respond
favorably to treatment with activated charcoal. Diarrhea caused by
food poisoning, bacteria, nervousness and other factors is usually
alleviated by taking activated charcoal.(10) Some physicians have
used activated charcoal to stop bleeding from ulcerative colitis and
calm spastic colons.(12) Activated charcoal is the best intestinal
deodorant available. Taking activated charcoal counteracts
decomposition products from food (such as beans) that cause
flatulence and diarrhea. Individuals with malodorous stools should
reach for activated charcoal. Travelers to foreign countries would
be wise to pack activated charcoal. In my opinion, activated
charcoal is the most practical way to effectively counteract food
poisoning. To alleviate intestinal disorders with activated
charcoal, I recommend the following. As an antidote for food
poisoning, take 20 grams of activated charcoal two to three times
daily. For other intestinal complaints, 5 to 10 grams of powdered
activated charcoal twice daily.
Charcoal Is Safe Toxicology studies have proven that activated
charcoal is basically harmless. Ingesting high dosages does not
interfere with sleep, appetite or well being--or cause major
problems. There are several undesirable effects of using activated
charcoal that can be avoided by complying with the following
directions. Activated charcoal is highly adsorbent; when it is
ingested at the same time as medication, supplements and foods it
may decrease their absorption and utilization. Therefore, always
allow 2 hours before and wait 2 hours after using activated charcoal
to eat, take supplements or swallow medication. Activated charcoal
has a natural tendency to cause constipation. That can be
counteracted by taking a mild herbal laxative with the activated
charcoal. Finally activated charcoal harmlessly blackens your
stools. Although black-gray stools look strange, they can be used to
calculate your bowel transit time. Just measure the length of time
from taking activated charcoal to the appearance of darkened stools.
Not All Charcoal is Alike Numerous companies manufacture
activated charcoals, each of which can have different adsorptive
capacities. Different source materials and manufacturing procedures
give each brand of activated charcoal its own pore diameters and
internal volume that determine its adsorption capacity. The U.S.P.
(United States Pharmacopoeia) standard for activated charcoal
specifies an internal surface area of 1000 m2/g (square meters per
gram). Recently, several companies have begun manufacturing Super
activated charcoals, with up to 3 times the internal surface area
per gram and far greater adsorption power than standard activated
Powders, Capsules, or Tablets? Because of the large volume of
charcoal that is needed, it is easiest to take liquid preparation of
charcoal powder. For example, to take 30 grams of charcoal a day in
capsules would require that you swallow about 60 capsules.
Furthermore, activated charcoal tablets are not effective. They take
too long to disintegrate and release the activated charcoal.
Ideal Charcoal Preparation - (see VRPs EnteraKlenz)
Unfortunately, a simple water and charcoal mixture is unpalatable
and messy. It tastes like a charcoal briquette, and blackens your
teeth, gums and tongue. These problems can be avoided by ingesting a
powdered activated charcoal complex that contains a thickening agent
like bentonite, with added flavors and mild sweeteners.
Research studies showed that that the addition of bentonite
significantly improved the palatability of an activated charcoal and
water slurry. Bentonite acts as thickening agent that reduces
powdery mouth-feel and improves the taste without reducing the
efficacy of activated charcoal. In fact, bentonite is an
enterosorption agent and a poison antidote in its own right. For
example, bentonite has been shown to bind and reduce the poison
paraquat. The addition of chocolate further enhances the
palatability of activated charcoal in research studies and practical
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