Activated Charcoal Cures:
Poison Control: Activated Charcoal’s ability to absorb large amounts of toxins before they have a chance to harm your body makes Activated Charcoal great at removing ingested poisons in the body, doctors at The Mayo Clinic report. Dosages depend on the type of poison taken and the time between the poisoning and the ingestion of Activated Charcoal, however researchers at Stanford University report that the Activated Charcoal treatment can begin to work immediately and can be an effective method for providing a window of time to get to a hospital. They also recommend including Activated Charcoal capsules in the first aid kit of all families. Activated Charcoal is most successful if used within the first hour of ingesting poison (before the poison gets fully into the bloodstream).
Insect Bites: Activated Charcoal has been shown to be an effective way to ease the discomfort associated with insect stings and bites because it immediately attaches itself to the poison and limits the spread through the body. Doctors recommend applying the Activated Charcoal powder to the affected area. Treated properly, Activated Charcoal will reduce the pain and swelling associated with the insect sting or bite. Activated charcoal can also be used on spider and snake bites.
Intestinal Problems: Activated Charcoal has been used for years by doctors to reduce problems like diarrhea, gas and bloating associated with many stomach complaints including discomfort from ulcerative colitis and spastic colons.
Warning: Activated Charcoal absorbs a wide range of drugs and nutrients. Those using Activate Charcoal should avoid using it within 2 hours of drug, food, nutritional supplement or herb intake. It can decrease your body’s absorption of certain nutrients and also interfere with medications. Because of this, frequent use is NOT recommended. Activated Charcoal may also cause abdominal pain or swelling – if this occurs, contact your doctor immediately — as it could be an indication of intestinal bleeding or blockage. Ordinarily, Activated Charcoal should not be used to treat the ingestion of corrosive poisons (lye, acids, fuel oil, alcohols, etc.).
Note: Water is necessary with each dose of Activated Charcoal, and distilled water is best since it is generally free of toxins. Other liquids are not a substitute for water, and some — such as milk and all dairy products can counter the Activated Charcoal’s benefit. Activated Charcoal loses its effectiveness when mixed with chocolate syrup, ice cream or sherbet – best when taken with nothing but water.