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Benefits of Activated Charcoal: Medicine of the Egyptians, Greeks, and Native Americans

Christina Sarich
June 18th, 2013
Updated 05/07/2014 at 10:02 pm
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activated charcoal carbon 263x164 Benefits of Activated Charcoal: Medicine of the Egyptians, Greeks, and Native AmericansEating charcoal sounds about as appetizing as scarfing down some black, charred remains of a Saturday BBQ, but activated charcoal is a whole other animal. Activated charcoal is used as a detox agent to absorb a host of heavy metals, chemicals, and pharmaceutical drug remains that flow through your blood stream and cause a hindrance to your best health. Activated charcoal absorbs the toxins from your body and then, since it is not absorbed by the body, the toxins along with the charcoal are expelled, leaving you cleaner and more toxin-free.

The Numerous Benefits of Activated Charcoal

Charcoal is “activated” because it is made to have a very small particle size. This increases its overall surface area and absorptive capacity. Activated charcoal is produced by adding acid and steam to carbonaceous materials such as wood, coal, rye starch, or coconut shells. To understand just how effective this substance is at absorbing toxins, one standard 50-gram dose of activated charcoal has the surface area of 10 football fields. It also encourages bowel movements, so it can help to rid the body of toxins rather quickly.

Hippocrates, the Greek physician considered the father of natural medicine, used activated carbon to cure many patients. Activated charcoal (also referred to simply as carbon) has been called black magic because of it’s color and healing abilities. Carbon:

  • Has a negative ionic charge that attracts the positive ionic charges of toxins and poisons causing them to bind to the charcoal. They are then surreptitiously escorted out of the body via the eliminative channel of the intestines.
  • Removes heavy metals like lead and aluminum.
  • Deodorizes foul smells.
  • Removes symptoms of traveler’s diarrhea.
  • Reduces ulcers in the stomach.
  • Can be used as a toothpaste to whiten teeth and eliminate foul breath since it kills bacteria.
  • Reduces gas from eating beans and other gaseous foods.
  • Eliminate many micro-organisms and chlorine from drinking or bath water.
  • Removes pharmaceutical toxins from the body. This includes aspirin overdose, accidental household toxin ingestion, and heavy metals. It has been used for hundreds of years in cases of food poisoning. Ancient Egyptians used activated carbon as did the Native Americans.
  • Removes parasites and bacteria from the body. This includes bugs that cause everything from a stuffy nose to more invasive parasites.

Those with Crohn’s disease or irritable bowel syndrome need to prepare their activated charcoal a little differently, or use it externally, as a poultice, instead of mixing it with water and drinking it or taking it in pill form.

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  • Jenning

    Activated charcoal is excellent at controlling wind or removing a smelly breath both in humans and animals.

    whenever feeling unwell firstly take charcoal and if this fails to cure after about 30 minutes then the problem has nothing to do with bodily poisons (usually from food or drink).

  • Jess

    I have Crohn’s, and am very interested in how to prepare it differently for use for the disease (besides a poultice). Thank you!

  • Steve

    Activated carbon is awesome try brushing your teeth with carbon it removes plaque and whitens your teeth.

    • Jenning

      Entirely agree; I brush my teeth with it every morning and the effect is beautiful white teeth and almost no dental requirements. I also use it as suggested in the article and have done so for many years.

  • Mike

    Where you buy Activated Charcoal?

    • Kimm Pensinger

      Any local health food store should carry it :-)

    • Jenning

      …Also available on Internet.

  • charlie flagg

    50 grams sounds like a hellava lot of cahrcoal for one dose. Is this spaced out over ti=me or taken all at once?

    • Jenning

      50 grams is, undoubtedly, a clerical error; 5 mg is more likely if taken orally, indeed, a very small amount is sufficient; just the tip of the smallest spoon. There is no adverse side-effect but there could be at 50 grams.

  • Jenn

    I make a homemade face wash with it! Works amazingly on ache prone skin.

    1tsp Aloe
    1pill Activated Charcoal cracked open
    3 drops Tea tree oil
    Dash of salt
    1tsp water

    Mix together until paste
    Apply, let dry
    Wash off once dry

  • Dan

    Can someone recommend a good brand of activated charcoal or where I can get some?

    • Jenning

      Any brand will do; most of it will probably arise from the same source. It is available at HFS or on the Internet.

  • Eddy

    Shungite rock, like charcoal, absorb toxins. Good for water elixirs.

  • Anonymous

    Stuff works great