Treat poisoning with Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal (also known as activated carbon) can be an effective way to help the body get rid of certain toxins. Activated charcoal is a natural substance. It works by trapping chemicals and toxins in its tiny pores (millions of them). It doesn’t actually absorb the toxins. Rather, it binds the toxins to itself. This is a process call adsorption.

Activated charcoal is made from a variety of sources, such as petroleum pitch, coal, peat, coir, wood, lignite, nutshells, and coconut husk. When purchasing activated charcoal for natural healing, make sure you select one that is made from a natural source such as coconut husk.

Activated charcoal is NOT the same as charcoal you find in a supermarket for your barbeque. Barbecue charcoal must never be consumed, as it is filled with chemicals and toxins.

The activated charcoal powder is mixed with water and can either be drunk or administered to the patient via a tube to the throat or stomach.

Activated charcoal is not effective against all chemicals (and in some cases is not safe to take with certain chemicals.

Take activated charcoal for:

  • Aspirin
  • Bleach
  • Cocaine
  • Fertilizer
  • Mercury
  • Most organic compounds
  • Morphine
  • Opium
  • Pesticides

DO NOT take activated charcoal for:

  • Any strong acids or bases
  • Cleaning fluid
  • Cyanide
  • Gasoline
  • Iron tablets
  • Lithium

Dosage for poisoning

Start with 50 to 100 grams of activated charcoal. Follow this with a dose every 2 to 4 hours (the dose is equal to 12.5g per hour). For children, lower doses are used. This is a guideline – always go with the recommendation of a healthcare practitioner.

Before attempting to administer activated charcoal, ALWAYS call either a poison control center, an emergency line, or your doctor. Administering activated charcoal should only be done by a healthcare professional unless you have instructed to do so otherwise.

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