Go Back   Natural Medicine Talk > Health > Vitamins & Supplements

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 12-12-2009, 06:17 PM
kind2creatures's Avatar
kind2creatures kind2creatures is offline
...elusive dreamer
Wiki Editor
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: USA
Posts: 5,359
Blog Entries: 40
kind2creatures is just really nicekind2creatures is just really nicekind2creatures is just really nicekind2creatures is just really nicekind2creatures is just really nice
Default Benefits of Activated Charcoal

When you understand the benefits of activated charcoal you won't want to be without it.

(from natural-pain-relief-guide.com)

What is Charcoal?

Above all charcoal is black and messy. It is formed from woody substances that have been charred by fire. It has the characteristics of being able to take up toxic gases, disease germs, toxins from fluids and heavy metals. It is also called activated charcoal or activated carbon.

Adsorbs? Why do we say adsorbs rather than absorbs? The reason is that the materials that charcoal takes up are attracted to and held by the surface of the charcoal particles rather than going inside it. That is why a finely-ground charcoal product is important - it presents much more surface area. Powdered activated charcoal has a very small particle size of 1-150 microns. The internal surface area is from 500 to 1500 square meters per gram.

Good charcoal is made from a source of wood, coconut shells etc and is ground into a very fine powder. It can be obtained in tablet or capsule forms but the adsorption time will be longer than when using the straight powder. Note that charred toast it not charcoal.

Safety of charcoal Charcoal has been studied for toxicity due to ingestion, skin contact and inhalation and all studies have shown it to be harmless. The most likely side-effect with internal use, if a person is going to have any, is slight constipation at higher doses but this is easily counteracted.
Benefits of Activated Charcoal

"Charcoal is without a rival as an agent for cleansing and assisting the healing of the body. The grains of charcoal have many crevices and corners for the absorption of materials, gases, foreign proteins, body wastes, chemicals and drugs of various kinds making it a powerful assistant for the cleansing apparatus of the body. ... The uses of charcoal are almost as universal as those of water." (Thrash, Agathy Moody, M.D. and Thrash, Calvin, M.D. Home Remedies Hydrotherapy, Massage, Charcoal and Other Simple Treatments. 1981. Thrash Publications, Seale AB. 174p)

Adsorbs poisons "Charcoal is the most valuable single agent currently available for treating poisonings." (Clinical Toxicology 3(1):1-4 March 1970)
More effective than the standard medicine-chest-item Syrup of Ipecac. This syrup - itself a poison - was found in one study (Robertson, W.O. 1962. Syrup of ipecac: A fast or slow emetic? Amer. J. Dis. Child. 103:136) of 250 patients given a 20 ml dose to take on average of 19 minutes to induce vomiting. And even then the average recovery of stomach contents can be only 27% in ipecac-induced vomiting (Corby, D.G., Fiser, R.H. and Decker, W.J. 1970. Clinical comparison of pharmacological emetics in children. Pediatrics 42:361)
The recommended dosage is an 8:1 ratio of charcoal to drug or poison that is to be adsorbed. (Cooney, David. 1995 Activated Charcoal Antidote, Remedy and Health Aid. TEACH Services Inc. Brushton, NY)
Charcoal should be administered as soon as possible after ingestion of a poison/drug.

Adsorbs bacteria, viruses etc. It will even adsorb anthrax (Cooney, David. 1995 Activated Charcoal Antidote, Remedy and Health Aid. TEACH Services Inc. Brushton, NY)
One study showed that bacterial adsorption by wound dressings made of an activated charcoal cloth helped cleanse infected wounds. (Beckett, R. Coombs, T.J., Frost, M.R., McLeish, J. and Thompson, K. 1980. Charcoal cloth and malodorous wounds. Lancet, September13, 594)
In vitro experiments showed bacterial counts decreased by 1000 to 100,000 fold. Many types of bacteria are adsorbed. In some other cases the benefits observed are likely from the adsorption of the toxins or enzymes produced by the bacteria. (Tsuchiya, T., and Levy, G. 1972. Drug adsorption efficacy of commercial activated charcoal tablets in vitro and in vivo. J. Pharm. Sci. 61:624)

Adsorbs intestinal gas Studies have shown that charcoal can keep intestinal gas production at normal levels even after consumption of a high gas-producing meal. (Hall, R.G., Jr., Thompson, E. and Strother, A. 1981. Effects of orally administered activated charcoal on intestinal gas. Am. J. Gastroenterol. 75:192)

Insect bites and stings and snake bites can be alleviated using a poultice of charcoal and water or charcoal, water and ground flax seed. It often brings relief in a short time.

Brown recluse spider Charcoal is the treatment of choice for these serious bites and for which there is no other treatment.

Lowers Cholesterol Scientific research has found that "two tablespoons (8g) of activated charcoal taken three times a day for four weeks, can lower total cholesterol 25%, lower LDL cholesterol 41%, and double the HDL/LDL (high-density lipoprotein/low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol ratio. (P. Kuusisto, et al., Effect of activated charcoal on hypercholesterolemia, The Lancet, 16: 366-67, August 1986)

Lengthens lifespan? Most people think of poisoning as a single event but many people are poisoned in tiny daily doses that still kill them prematurely. The body deals with waste products from digestion and metabolism daily and with our increasingly toxic world our detoxification mechanisms can use some extra help to keep us from a premature death.
One study reported a prolonging of lifespan in rats by 34% as compared to controls. Since charcoal can adsorb toxic metabolites in the intestinal tract this mechanism could potentially remove some of such toxic substances from a person's system. The same study noted a decrease in age-related metabolic changes including decreases in blood cholesterol and triglycerides. (Frolkis, V.V. et al. 1984. Enterosorption in prolonging old animal lifespan. Exp. Gerontol. 19:217)

"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 aging." (Kaufman, Richard C., PhD, The Universal Antidote and Detoxifier that Extends Life: Activated Charcoal, Journal of the MegaHealth Society, July 1989) He recommends regular use to help protect from toxins.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 12-12-2009, 08:25 PM
TMP. Des Paul TMP. Des Paul is offline
Observer
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 3
TMP. Des Paul is on a distinguished road
Question ACTIVATED CHARCOAL

I use [activated?] charcoal extensively in my practice, where i serve the poorest of the poor.

I use it both orally and externally with and without linseed, depending on the circumstances and availability.

To activate or sterilize campfire charcoal I wash it thoroughly, pulverize it then roast it on a flat metal surface on a hot fire, until the powder is totally dry, then use it and place the remaining charcoal in a tightly lidded bottle.
it works for me. Any suggestions?

I enjoyed this article which confirmed my existing knowledge and taught me more.

I'm also noting that strained charcoal water has beneficial effects on health too. any theories?

I'm very interested in receiving information about the electrical effects of charcoal in medical applications.

Never too old to learn.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12-13-2009, 06:43 AM
jfh jfh is offline
perpetual student
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Texas, USA
Posts: 4,196
jfh is a jewel in the roughjfh is a jewel in the roughjfh is a jewel in the rough
Default

Charcoal absorbs vitamins and minerals as well; so I only have it available for emergencies such as poison. I would not use it on a regular basis.
__________________
.
- Jim

"Lord, make me pureóbut not yet." - Saint Augustine
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12-13-2009, 09:28 AM
kind2creatures's Avatar
kind2creatures kind2creatures is offline
...elusive dreamer
Wiki Editor
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: USA
Posts: 5,359
Blog Entries: 40
kind2creatures is just really nicekind2creatures is just really nicekind2creatures is just really nicekind2creatures is just really nicekind2creatures is just really nice
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by TMP. Des Paul View Post
I use [activated?] charcoal extensively in my practice, where i serve the poorest of the poor.

I use it both orally and externally with and without linseed, depending on the circumstances and availability.

To activate or sterilize campfire charcoal I wash it thoroughly, pulverize it then roast it on a flat metal surface on a hot fire, until the powder is totally dry, then use it and place the remaining charcoal in a tightly lidded bottle.
it works for me. Any suggestions?

I enjoyed this article which confirmed my existing knowledge and taught me more.

I'm also noting that strained charcoal water has beneficial effects on health too. any theories?

I'm very interested in receiving information about the electrical effects of charcoal in medical applications.

Never too old to learn.
Hello TMP.Des Paul, welcome to the forum! You have a lot more experience with charcoal than I've had, that's for sure!

I keep a bottle of Solaray Activated Charcoal (280mg) capsules in my medicine chest for emergency use, as in poisoning for both me and my dogs, also for occassional intestinal disturbances.

"Never Too Old To Learn"
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
activated, charcoal
Please reply to this thread with any new information or opinions.

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Activated Charcoal Fights Heart Disease in Kidney Patients kind2creatures Heart Health 3 05-01-2010 10:56 AM
Detoxamin- Activated Zeolite duka Vitamins & Supplements 0 03-01-2010 01:50 PM
How long will activated MMS last? cyber-junkie Alternative Therapies 1 11-09-2009 03:03 PM
Benefits of Vit D3 supplementation??? Rickster Vitamins & Supplements 10 10-30-2009 03:43 PM
Coconut oil benefits Judie777 Nutrition 0 09-29-2008 03:39 PM