Activated charcoal is one of the world’s oldest and most trusted detoxifying remedies. For thousands of years healers from Chinese medicine, Ayuredic Medicine and western medicine have used activated charcoal for a range of medicinal benefits.
Here’s a sneak peak of why activated charcoal has been heralded as a medical marvel for centuries:
- Treats alcohol poisoning
- Alleviates gas and bloating
- Mold cleansing
- Removes toxins in an emergency setting
- Facilitates digestive cleansing
- Prevents cellular damage to kidneys and the liver and supports healthy adrenal glands
- Improves heart health
- Assists with various skin ailments – insect stings, poison ivy and inflammation
C&B does not advocate taking any medical action without the guidance of medical professionals. Many seek out instructions on how to make activated charcoal at home however the references above relate to medical treatment within a hospital environment, not as a Do It Yourself (DIY) solution at home.
Here are just some of the side effects activated charcoal can have when ingested:
- Decreased absorption of vitamins
- Decreased absorption of medicines
- Interactions with birth control
- Pulmonary side effects
- GI problems
- Metabolic disorders
It is extremely important to follow up with your health care professional before consuming any activated charcoal products.
To be clear, products referenced by Charcoal and Body are not products that should be ingested.
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