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Universal Antidote and Detoxifier
By 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.1.
Systemic clearance of drugs and intoxicants.2.
Anti-aging and life extension.4.
Reducing cholesterol, coronary disease and arteriosclerosis.5.
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 properties)1.
The amount and type of charcoal ingested.2.
The length of time from toxin ingestion to activated charcoal ingestion.3.
The contents of your intestinal fluids and intestinal transport efficiency.4.
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 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 several manners:4
Purifies the 6-8 liters of digestive fluids that are secreted daily which in turn helps remove foreign substances from the blood.1.
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.3.
This POWERFUL Healing Tool ADSORBS EFFICIENTLY, being used for
localized DETOXIFICATION (i.e. - TOXIC Liver, Bee Stings, Spider or Snake
Bites and ...).
NOTE: Adsorption (adsorb) is a POWERFUL Electrical Action and absorption
(absorb) is ONLY a Mechanical Action.
1. 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
2. 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
3. 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 apart.
4. 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 Towel).
5. Place another layer of 6 X 6 inch Cloth/Towel DIRECTLY on top of this
Poultice Paste laden bottom layer.
6. 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
7. 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 ...).
8. Place Surgical Tape around the Poultice and stick it to the Skin Area to be
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.
9. Leave this Activated Charcoal Poultice in place overnight or at LEAST for 2 to
4 hours, if applied during the day.
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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 Bandaid to make a SMALL one or a Cotton Sheet to
make a LARGE one.
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.
Charcoal Booklet - C.R. Carnes.
Rx Charcoal - Agatha Thrash, Calvin Thrash & Phylis Austin.
Home Remedies (chapter - Charcoal Therapy) - Agatha Moody Thrash & Calvin
Tom Harrelson (Revised 9/11/08)
Here are common UNTRUTHS (misinformation & disinformation) about
Activated Charcoal Powder, that have been disseminated for MANY years, plus
PROVEN TRUTHS about Activated Charcoal Powder.
UNTRUTH No. 1: Activated Charcoal Powder will cause someone to have
TRUTH No. 1: Activated Charcoal Powder will NOT cause someone to have
Researchers found that, if a Person is CONSTIPATED and then drinks Charcoal
Slurry, the Activated Charcoal Powder will PACK-UP in the Colon due to
BLOCKAGES, which are ALREADY present in the Colon! And if that Person
does Colon Cleansing, then he/she can drink EACH and EVERY Glass of
Charcoal Slurry WITHOUT having the Activated Charcoal Powder PACK-UP in
NOTE: Activated Charcoal Powder will CORRECT Diarrhea. If a Person has
SEVERE Diarrhea (i.e. - I.B.S., Crohn's Disease & Colitis), he/she should drink at
LEAST 6-8 Glasses of Charcoal Slurry per day to STOP the Diarrhea!
UNTRUTH No. 2: Activated Charcoal Powder is a Carcinogenic Substance.
TRUTH No. 2: Activated Charcoal Powder is NOT a Carcinogenic Substance.
Researchers found that when meat is being barbequed, the fats drip down onto
the RED HOT Charcoal Briquettes (not activated charcoal powder), which then
get SEARED, resulting in the formation of carcinogenic substances (HCA's &
benzopyrene), which next rise upward and lastly are absorbed into the
UNTRUTH No. 3: Activated Charcoal Powder will ADSORB Nutrients in the
Foods, that a Person eats.
TRUTH No. 3: Activated Charcoal Powder will NOT ADSORB the Nutrients.
Russian Researchers have found that Activated Charcoal Powder ADSORBS
(efficient electrical action, not absorb - inefficient mechanical action) TOXINS
(synthetic, inorganic & organic substances), before they can COMPETE with the
Oxygen and the Nutrients (natural vitamins & organic minerals), which are
passing through the Cell Membrane. And so, the Activated Charcoal Powder
does NOT ADSORB Nutrients from the Food, but it INCREASES the efficiency of
UNTRUTH No. 4: Activated Charcoal Powder will ADSORB the Nutrients in the
Supplements, that a Person takes.
TRUTH No. 4: Activated Charcoal Powder will NOT ADSORB Natural/Organic
Nutrients in the Supplements, that a Person takes. Researchers found that
Activated Charcoal Powder will NOT ADSORB the Nutrients, such as NATURAL
Vitamins & ORGANIC Minerals, that are in Supplements. Activated Charcoal
Powder will though ADSORB the Nutrients, such as the SYNTHETIC Vitamins
and INORGANIC Minerals, that are in these Supplements!
MORE TRUTHS: Researchers found that Activated Charcoal Powder HELPS to
POWERFULLY DETOX a Person, who is VERY ILL.
Editor's Note: I've worked with SERIOUSLY-ILL (i.e. - Cancer, Diabetes, AIDS,
....) People for 15+ years, and if they drank 10-12 Glasses of Charcoal Slurry per
day, they would ALMOST ALWAYS get WELL AGAIN!! But if he/she did NOT
drink these HIGHER amounts of Charcoal Slurry, while his/her Body was
DETOXING itself, he/she would usually DIE, because the EXCESS TOXINS going
into his/her Bloodstream would OVERWHELM his/her Detoxification Organs (i.e.
- liver, kidneys, intestines, lungs, skin, ...)!! Activated Charcoal Powder acts like
a POWERFUL Electrical Sponge, attracting and holding onto MOST of the
Toxins being ELIMINATED by your Body, thus allowing your Body to RID itself
of the MUCH LOWER Amounts of TOXINS, which remain!
Researchers also found that Activated Charcoal Powder is a REAL LIFE-SAVER!!
ALL Emergency Rooms in the Hospitals and Clinics, which are in the U.S., use
Activated Charcoal Slurry for Food, Drug and Chemical POISONINGS as well as
POISONINGS from the bites of POISONOUS Insects and Reptiles, SAVING MANY
Lives!!! I've had Food Poisoning myself several times and Charcoal Slurry has
COMPLETELY and QUICKLY ELIMINATED this SERIOUS LIFE-THREATENING
Please REMEMBER that Activated Charcoal Powder does NOT take part in ANY
Chemical Reactions in the Body, but it does act like a POWERFUL Electrical
Sponge, attracting and holding onto ANY Gases, Fluids and/or Solids, which do
NOT belong in your Body.
ACTIVATED CHARCOAL POWDER
In EVERY EMERGENCY Room in the U.S., Activated Charcoal Powder is used as a Slurry
(see below) for a Person, who has taken a POISON ACCIDENTLY or otherwise! And for a
Person, who has been BITTEN by a POISONOUS Insect or Reptile! The Person's Stomach is
NOT pumped or Activated Charcoal Capsules/Tablets given, but the POWDER Form is used
to make the Charcoal Slurry, so that it can be drunk!! Activated Charcoal Powder is also
used in Gas Masks to SAVE LIVES!!
Activated Charcoal Powder ADSORBS (see NOTE) OVER 60,000 TOXIC Chemical Pollutants,
that we have in our Environment, get into our Bodies through the Air, Water and Food and
NOTE: ADSORPTION (adsorb) is a VERY EFFICIENT Electrical Action and Absorption
(absorb) is a LESS EFFICIENT Mechanical Action.
(1) Activated Charcoal Powder can be made into a Charcoal Slurry (see below), which can
then be drunk. The Activated Charcoal in the Slurry can ADSORB from the Bloodstream,
Heavy Metals, such as Mercury, which usually comes from Mercury Amalgam Fillings in the
NOTE: The MOST EFFICIENT Method, that can be used to REMOVE the Mercury from the
Body, is to have your Mercury Amalgam Fillings REMOVED by a QUALIFIED Mercury-FREE
Dentist, using the PROPER Removal Protocol.
(2) Activated Charcoal Powder can be made into a Charcoal Slurry (see below), which can
then be drunk. The Activated Charcoal in the Slurry can ELIMINATE Food Poisoning,
Indigestion, Gas and Colon Problems (Colitis, Crohn's, I.B.S, ...).
(3) Activated Charcoal Powder can be made into a Charcoal Poultice, which can then be
applied to Areas of the Body. The Activated Charcoal in the Poultice can ADSORB the
POISON from Bee Stings or Snake Bites, plus HEAL Bruises, Ulcerations, Inflammation and
NOTE: Please be AWARE that a Tatooing Effect can occur, If it is used on an OPEN Cut &/or
(4) Activated Charcoal Powder can be made into a Charcoal Poultice, which can then be
applied to one or both Eyes. The Activated Charcoal in the Poultice can RELIEVE
Inflammation of the Eyes. A small 2" X 2" Activated Charcoal Poultice (or Compress) can be
made and applied over one eyelid for 8-10 hours. It should then be removed and another
Charcoal Compress used on the opposite Eyelid.
NOTE: You can use a Ski Cap &/or Surgical Tape to hold this Charcoal Compress over the
DOSAGES - Slurry/Drink:
General Health: Mix 1 tsp. - Activated Charcoal Powder into 8 oz. - Pure Water and drink 1-3
glasses per day.
General Illness - Flus, Colds: Mix 1 tsp. - Activated Charcoal Powder into 8 oz. - Pure Water
and drink 4-7 glasses per day.
SERIOUS Illness: Mix 1 tsp. - Activated Charcoal Powder into 8 oz. - Pure Water and drink
8-12 glasses per day.
NOTE: If you have Constipation, the Charcoal Powder in the Slurry will probably PACK-UP,
and so you'll NEED to drink 8 oz. of Charcoal Slurry, using 1/2 tsp. of Activated Charcoal
Powder, that has been mixed into 8 oz. - Pure Water. If your Constipation STILL causes the
Charcoal to PACK-UP, after drinking the above Mixture, then drink a Slurry, using 1/2 tsp. -
Activated Charcoal Powder and 1/2 tsp. - Psyllium Seed Husks or Flax Seed Meal, that have
been mixed together in 8 oz. - Pure Water.
Please continue to drink your usual Dosage until the DESIRED Results are obtained and
then you can drink the General Health Dosage for the REST of your LIfe.
If and when you take ANY Drug(s) or drink Oxygenating Water, please WAIT at LEAST 1 hr.,
before you drink Charcoal Slurry, thus ENSURING that the Activated Charcoal will NOT
Charcoal Booklet - C.R. Carnes.
Rx Charcoal - Agatha Thrash, Calvin Thrash & Phylis Austin.
Home Remedies (chapter - Charcoal Therapy) - Agatha Moody Thrash & Calvin Thrash.
Tom Harrelson (Revised 4/17/08)
An Article by HHR's Charles L. Church Published in Countryside Magazine
If you’ve ever been poisoned, you know what charcoal powder is, because that
is normally what Emergency Rooms administer for an antidote in most such
cases. Like many healing substances that cannot be patented , the vast
resource of credible data about the healing virtues of activated charcoal
remains inaccessible to most. We hope to “scratch the surface”. Charcoal, like
similar useful substances provided for in creation, has not just one healing
application, but is believed to produce beneficent results in several instances of
family health, and is therefore a product that no house should be without. Let
us attempt to discuss just a few.
Charcoal is a “clinical absorbent”. That means that it absorbs inorganic matter.
That is why they use it in water filtration. But it does the same thing anywhere.
On a bee sting; on a snake bite; in your stomach when you have the flu. Don’t
take it with any pharmaceutical medication, however...... it will absorb it! (On
second thought......) Activated charcoal is obtained by blasting the burning
charcoal with oxygen, which increases its surface area, and hence its ability to
absorb inorganic matter and toxins, enormously. When I speak of charcoal in
this article, I am speaking of this activated variety. It will be perhaps necessary
to point out that just because something has charcoal in it does not mean that it
will therefore be safe to ingest.. Charcoal briquettes, for instance will make you
sick if you ingest them.
Activated charcoal is an extremely effective remedy for nearly all poisonings
......Tylenol, Aspirin, barbiturates, chemicals, etc.. Since Charcoal binds
nutrients very poorly, an iron tablet overdose will be little helped by it. Strong
acid or alkali substances are also best treated by neutralizing the substance
with something of the opposite ph. Common household substances would be
Vinegar, which is acid, for an alkali poisoning such as lye; or Baking Soda,
which is alkali, for an acid poisoning such as a hydrochloric acid poisoning.
Though such poisonings are rare, when they occur, it is a great comfort to have
the cure at once on hand, and the knowledge of how to administer it, without
dependence on a derelict and self-serving medical community.
But Charcoal has a much greater value in the treatment of very common
ailments. It works wonderfully, where the allopathic medical community has no
remedy to offer whatever, such as in the case of the brown recluse spider bite.
This bite can cause a large area of the flesh to die and fall off, and cause
gangrene, and other complications. If the bite is on a finger or some area where
there is not much flesh it can necessitate an amputation for obvious reasons
there is not much flesh, it can necessitate an amputation, for obvious reasons.
Timing is everything here. If the bite is recognized quickly, the effects can be
greatly mitigated, often leaving only a scar. But if the person waits a couple of
days, then the results will be less impressive, but still better nothing ......the
standard allopathic “treatment”. This works best if used in conjunction with
Melaluca oil, for some reason, alternating between the two. As we would
suspect, then, Charcoal will work very well for bee stings, or ant stings. In all of
these conditions the method of treatment is the Charcoal Compress, which will
be described shortly.
Charcoal is also of great benefit in Snake Bites. The clinical experience for
using this treatment in this case is not worth mentioning; but empirical
evidence strongly suggests is effectiveness in treating such cases. An Arkansas
couple reported the following experience: Their 1 ½ year old child was bitten by
a Copperhead on the chest. There was swelling in the area, and the child was in
extreme pain. They called their doctor, who advised them to get to the E.R.
ASAP! But they were 60 miles of winding roads away from the nearest hospital.
The doctor told them to use charcoal compresses, changed every ten minutes
and get to the hospital. By the time they arrived the swelling was totally gone,
and the child was sleeping. As a precautionary measure the antivenin was
administered anyway. It should be noted here that the compress should cover
the whole extremity, and charcoal should be taken internally as well.
Departing for just a moment from our subject, it will be of interest to the reader
to learn that electric shock can also cure snake bites. I know..... it sounds weird.
It sounded weird too to a medical missionary, (an invention of this ending age),
until he ran out of antivenin, and had people coming to his South American
clinic with lethal snake bites. He had heard of this remedy, and had counted it a
fable, but he had people in his clinic who were going to die anyway, and so he
tried it. Much to his chagrin it worked. To this day they don’t have a clue why it
works, but it absolutely must be DC power. NOT AC. That means that you take
the spark plug wire from your car or boat motor, and touch it to the bitten area,
and crank the engine, or pull the cord, or whatever, and it will shock the area
with DC power. I read this man’s article in some sort of Christian magazine, and
it all seemed quite reputable.
Charcoal also works satisfactorily for Poison Ivy & Poison Oak, because it
absorbs the toxic oils which cause the infection. Combining some French
Green Clay with some Charcoal and Water and applied to the infected area
works well. Fresh Plantain mashed up and applied to the infected area also
works well. What works best, though, is to wash the area with isopropyl aclohol
every time it gets itchy, so as to wash off the oils before they spread.
Charcoal is also a phenomenal treatment for Diarrhea & Vomiting either from
Charcoal is also a phenomenal treatment for Diarrhea & Vomiting, either from
food poisoning, or from infecting agents such as the flu. Finding a satisfactory
treatment for nausea and vomiting is a great trial for most. When the flu bug
comes into a house it usually means a great deal of suffering. I don’t need to
consult the books here, but can speak from experience, that charcoal can
utterly relieve these symptoms. I am not a doctor, and I don’t mean to act like
one, but Charcoal has relieved great suffering in our house! Again, TIMING here
is everything. When you FIRST start feeling nauseous, AT ONCE get up and take
some charcoal, (2 tbs. In 8-12 oz. of water, and drink it), and that will simply be
it. It will all be over. You will get the flu, you will feel weak, you will feel like
going to bed; but you won’t be vomiting, and having diarrhea, which are by far
the worst symptoms of this malady, and the next day you should be fine. As
you would expect, it doesn't taste like chocolate milk. It is basically flavorless,
but the texture is less than appealing.
But most people seem to wait until they are good and sick, and then try to get
better. Charcoal still works here. You WILL spend some time before the toilet,
however. You stir in two tablespoons of charcoal into 8-12 oz. of water, and
drink it down. If you are already sick you will usually throw it right back up
within seconds, or atleast within 10 minutes. But just repeat the treatment, and
wait to see what happens. You will usually throw up two times, and hold down
the third. The only time that we have gone over three doses is when the
intestines have been stopped up and could not receive the treatment, and when
these are cleared, (by whatever means, enema, etc.), the cure should be
Charcoal has also been used in Uterine infection. A “pencil” is made by boiling
water, starch, and charcoal together until thick, and this is formed into strips on
a pan and let cool. These are then inserted through the cervix into the uterus.
This is said to have cured Endometritis, but required more than one “pencil”.
Just how this procedure is performed is unknown to me. Perhaps it could be
beneficial when used as a douche in some cases.
Charcoal is also the best possible agent for whitening the teeth. Just brush with
it, and that's it! I should note that we have had our teeth look grey for a short
time afterwards, but not to worry..... it goes away. Repeat treatments as
Charcoal has many other uses. I am getting much of my information from a
book entitled, “Rx Charcoal” by Drs. Calvin & Agatha Thrash, which we sell in
our home business. It explains many other uses, and the ones I have mentioned
it explains in much greater and authoritative detail. These would include, Eye &
Ear conditions; Infections; Inflammation; Chronic Relapsing Pancreatitis;
Kid & Li F il Ch l t l l ti Di b t d th
Kidney & Liver Failure, Cholesterol regulation, Diabetes, and others.
How Do I take Charcoal?
There are several ways. Ranging from most to least common, it would probably
look like this: Charcoal in water, taken orally; Charcoal compresses, taken
topically; Charcoal bath; Charcoal Enemas; Charcoal pencils; Intravenous
Colloidal Charcoal. As nearly all treatments employ the former three methods,
we will speak only of those.
Before describing these methods, allow me to make the admission that
charcoal is unavoidably messy. No matter how careful you are it will always
make a disaster. But when you witness its healing effects and the weal to your
household to break free from the monetary drain of the not so great physicians,
this problem will seem infinitesimal. To get around this people often buy
charcoal in capsules, but they pay dearly for it, and buy it thus in an amount
that would be grossly insufficient for a compress, but only for oral
administration. Buy it bulk.
The Compress. The first thing that should be said is that any charcoal
compress MUST remain wet in order to work. If it dries out it will effect
absolutely nothing. The idea of a compress, then, is that you make a mixture of
charcoal and water, (sometimes of charcoal, water, and starch to thicken it), and
then spread it over the area requiring treatment. The Thrash’s recommend
spreading ¼ in. of the mixture on a paper towel, and then placing another paper
towel on top of this, (presumably the paper towels are wet), placing this on the
treatment area, and then wrapping with plastic wrap to hold in the moisture.
This method is a very clean way to apply charcoal, but our (non-professional)
opinion is that better results should be attained by placing the charcoal mixture
directly on the skin, and then covering with the wet paper towel, the plastic
wrap, etc.. This is much messier, and doesn’t seem to keep the moisture in as
well, but it does keep the mixture in more direct contact with the skin. For
poison Oak, try adding some French Green Clay to the mixture. Warning: If you
use charcoal to draw out toxins from a festering wound, be advised that it CAN
permanently tattoo the patient.
Charcoal bath. In some cases where there is a general poisoning, such as in a
bee attack, or in a bee alergy case, charcoal can be of great use by taking a cup
or two and putting it in the bath tub, and soaking the patient in it. One lady who
got into some bees, and who was greatly allergic to bee stings used this
treatment, and felt so great that she got out. Within minutes she could hardly
breath. This method also underlines the necessity of having more than 100
capsules on hand! I should also here again mention the fact that I have never
found a remedy that worked faster or better for the common bee sting, (one
sting, no allergies), than simply mixing a little charcoal and water and putting it
right on the sting. Within about 10 seconds there is major relief, and within
about 30 seconds there is almost total relief. you have to keep in on, though, for
about five or ten minutes.
The best remedies are those provided immediately by God to man, and
charcoal is definitely once such remedy. While activated charcoal is obtained by
employing some rather modern methods, (blasting it with oxygen while
burning), and is about four times as effective as non-activated charcoal, it
remains that it is but a wood based charcoal, and such as you can get from
chewing on any stick put in the fire! Cool it first!
Activated Charcoal Booklet - Carl R. Carnes.
Rx Charcoal - Agatha Thrash, Calvin Thrash & Phylis Austin.
Home Remedies (chapter - Charcoal Therapy) - Agatha Moody Thrash & Calvin
ACTIVATED CHARCOAL - Uses In Modern Natural Healing
Anonymous (Revised 3/8/08)
A NEW LOOK AT AN OLD REMEDY-CHARCOAL
Here is modern medical proof that the old natural remedy, Charcoal, is truly a very
safe and highly efficient Natural Healing Agent. Presented here for your interest and
examination are a few of the many articles and scientific papers that tell of charcoal
research and its uses in modern natural healing.
Activated Charcoal has been used effectively in the healing arts for centuries. Doctors
still use it today as a healing agent, an antidote for poisons, and an effective treatment for
indigestion and gas. Modern Industry also relies on Charcoal to deodorize, decolorize and
purity solutions. Charcoal can do these varied tasks because of its amazing ability to attract
other substances to its surface and hold them there. This is called adsorption. Charcoal can
adsorb thousands of times its own weight in gases, heavy metals, poisons, and other
chemicals, thus making them ineffective or harmless.
The form of Charcoal used in modern medical science is Activated Charcoal U.S.P., a
pure naturally produced, wood charcoal carbon that has no carcinogenic properties.
Activated Charcoal is an odorless, tasteless powder. One teaspoonful of it has a surface
area of more than 10,000 square feet. This unique feature allows it to adsorb large amounts
of chemicals or poisons. The powder must be stored in a tightly sealed container, as it
readily adsorbs impurities from the atmosphere. Charcoal from burnt toast is not effective,
and Charcoal briquettes can be dangerous because they contain fillers and petrochemicals
to help them ignite.
Studies show that Activated Charcoal is harmless when ingested or inhaled, or when it
comes in contact with the skin. In rare cases, charcoal may mildly irritate the bowel in
sensitive persons, but no allergies or side effects have been recorded. Ingested Charcoal
may linger in the colon, but this is not harmful. Many pediatricians and pediatric
handbooks recommend that Activated Charcoal be kept on hand as an antidote in the family
medicine chest, especially in households that include small children (5, 10, 38, 41, 53, 64).
Scientific experiments over many years attest to the effectiveness of charcoal as an
antidote. In one experiment, 100 times the lethal does of Cobra venom was mixed with
charcoal and injected into a laboratory animal. The animal was not harmed (15). In other
experiments, arsenic and strychnine were mixed with charcoal and ingested by humans
under laboratory conditions. The subjects survived even though the poison dosages were 5
to 10 times the lethal dose (1, 3, 14, 16, 17, 38).
HOW MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS USE CHARCOAL
Today doctors, paramedics and medical centers use Activated Charcoal in a number of
1. to eliminate toxic by-products that cause anemia in cancer patients (33, 50, 54).
2. to disinfect and deodorize wounds (48, 50, 58, 59).
3. to filter toxins from the blood in liver and kidney diseases (31, 48, 65).
4. to purify blood in transfusions (48, 60, 65).
5. to cut down on odors for ileostomy and colostomy patients (20, 22, 48).
6. to treat poisonings and overdoses of aspirin, Tylenol and other drugs (10, 30, 46, 48,
49, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 62, 63).
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7. to treat some forms of dysentery, diarrhea, dyspepsia, and "foot and mouth" disease
(20, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 37, 38 & 48).
8. to treat poisonous snake, spider and insect bites (38.).
Activated Charcoal is REQUIRED by law to be part of the standard equipment on many
ambulances, for use in poisonings. Mushroom poisoning, brown recluse spider bites, and
snake bites can all be treated with Activated Charcoal. Doctors also use Activated Charcoal
to prevent and treat intestinal infections, and as a cleansing and healing agents. Jaundice
of the newborn, bee stings, poison ivy reactions, and many other illnesses can be helped
with Activated Charcoal.
SUBSTANCES ADSORBED BY CHARCOAL
Digitalis or Foxglove
Some Silver & Antimony Salts
Many Herbicides 32, 39, 40
& 4000+ chemicals, drugs, toxins, &
HOME USE OF ACTIVATED CHARCOAL
HOME USE OF ACTIVATED CHARCOAL
Indigestion and Gas-
A study made in 1981 shows that activated charcoal cuts down on the amount of gas
produced by beans and other gas-producing foods. It adsorbs the excess gas as well as the
bacteria that form the gas (57). Activated charcoal helps to eliminate bad breath, because it
cleanses both the mouth and the digestive tract (38). It is also helpful in relieving symptoms
of nervous diarrhea, traveler's diarrhea (Turista), spastic colon, indigestion, and peptic
ulcers. For such problems take between 1 teaspoon and 1 tablespoon of powdered charcoal
up to 3 times a day. Take it between meals, as food can reduce its effectiveness. Swirl the
charcoal in a glass of water and drink it down or mix it with olive oil for easy ingestion by
use of a spoon (38, 47, 57, 58).
Activated charcoal is inexpensive, simple to use and is a time-tested natural remedy
that has many valuable uses without dangerous side effects or contradictions, a very
efficient cleaner of the body when taken orally. It also helps to purify the blood (10, 38).
Charcoal may adsorb and inactivate other medications. Usually you can take charcoal
two hours before or after other drugs. If you are taking prescription drugs, check with your
doctor before beginning treatment with charcoal.
You can take charcoal intermittently for long periods or regularly for up to 12 weeks.
TREATMENT OF WOUNDS, ULCERS, AND BRUISES
Lancet, the prestigious British medical journal, describes the use of charcoal
compresses to speed the healing of wounds and eliminate their odors. This article tells
about the amazing ability of human skin to allow transfer through its permeable membrane
and pores of liquids, gasses and even micro-particles by the application of moist activated
charcoal compresses and poultices which actually draw bacteria and poisons through the
skin and into the poultice or compress. Poultices must be kept moist and warm to allow
this healing process to take place (59).
Make a poultice by putting 1-2 tablespoons of charcoal powder in a container and
adding just enough water to make a paste. Spread the paste on a paper towel, cloth, or
piece of gauze cut to fit the area to be treated. Make sure the cloth is moist, warm, and
thoroughly saturated with the paste. Place it over the wound cloth-side down and cover it
with a piece of plastic wrap or plastic bag cut to overlap the poultice by an inch on every
side. Fix in place with adhesive tape. Poultices should be changed every 6-10 hours. Do not
put charcoal directly on broken skin, as it may cause a tattooing effect (21, 23, 24, 29, 38,
Activated charcoal can be used as an antidote in poisoning from most drugs and
chemicals. DO NOT USE WITH THE FOLLOWING: cyanide, mineral acids, caustic alkalies,
alcohol, or boric acid. Other antidotes are more effective. Consult a Poison Control Center
or a doctor immediately for instructions and information in any poisoning emergency (10,
In poisonings, activated charcoal works by adsorbing the poison or drug, inactivating
it, and carrying it inert throughout the digestive system so that it can be eliminated from the
body. Charcoal is neither adsorbed nor metabolized by the body (6, 13, 47, 53).
In a poisoning emergency, if the patient is conscious, first induce vomiting if it can be
done quickly. Syrup is ipecac is a commonly used emetic preparation. The dosage is 1/2 oz.
for children and 1 oz. for adults. Induced vomiting will bring up about 30% of the poison
from the person's stomach. Then give charcoal to help inactivate the remaining 70%. The
usual dose of charcoal is 5 to 50 grams, dependent on the amount of poison taken and the
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person's body size. Adults should receive at least 30 grams, or about half a cup of lightly
packed powder. Larger doses are needed if the person has eaten a meal recently. A dose of
200 grams is not excessive in severe poisoning cases. Powdered charcoal can be given in
fruit juice, chocolate syrup, jam, or honey to make it easier to get down. Ice cream is not
recommended as it makes the charcoal less effective. Powdered charcoal reaches its
maximum rate of adsorption rapidly, within one minute. The sooner it is given the better the
chances of successful treatment. The dose can be repeated every four hours, or until
charcoal appears in the stool (3, 10, 41, 47, 48, 52, 53, 60, 61).
Do not give charcoal or anything else to an unconscious patient. Consult a doctor at
once. Do not give charcoal before giving an emetic, because the Activated Charcoal will
adsorb the emetic and make it ineffective. Charcoal does not work in every poisoning
situation, so be sure to follow your doctor's instructions.
Activated charcoal taken as a powder is the most effective form of charcoal that can
be used. The best method of use is to take the required spoonfuls of powder, place them in
the bottom of a cup or glass, and add water while rapidly stirring the charcoal into the
water, then drink it down, along with a second glass of water to include any residue.
Alternate methods listed below can also be used.
You can put charcoal into empty gelatin capsules. They may act more slowly than
powder; the capsule must dissolve before the charcoal can work. Vegetarians who object to
gelatin can use starch papers called Kokko-Oblates to allow convenient ingestion of
activated charcoal powder. These are obtained at health food stores.
Medical researchers have discovered, that Activated Charcoal is so effective both
chemically and physically, because of the it's electrical charge and the thousands of
microscopic tunnels created by the process used to make it. The medical profession uses it
as an antidote (10, 38, 41). It is inexpensive, harmless, and easy to use.
1 tsp./8 oz. Glass-PURE Water (1-3 times/day) - General Health
1 tsp./8 oz. Glass-PURE Water (4-7 times/day) - General Illness (Flus, Colds)
1 tsp./8 oz. Glass-PURE Water (8-12 times/day) - Serious Illness
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