Production and use of charcoal is as ancient as the use of fire itself. There are many types of Charcoal but the best for home remedy is the Activated Charcoal.
Activated Charcoal is different from Common Charcoal(barbecue charcoal) which is made from peat, coal, wood, coconut shell, or petroleum. “Activated charcoal” is similar to common charcoal, but is made especially for use as a medicine. To make activated charcoal, manufacturers heat common charcoal in the presence of a gas that causes the charcoal to develop lots of internal spaces or “pores.” These pores help activated charcoal “trap” chemicals.
Use of Charcoal includes but limited to the following :
Acute poisoning antidote
It is use to treat poisonings. Activated charcoal has been used in the management of acute toxicity for almost a century. Its large surface area permits the absorption of a variety of complex chemicals, thereby rendering toxic material unavailable for systemic absorption
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My advice is always brush your teeth regularly and mind what you eat. Some have grown up to have brownish teeth but don’t worry Charcoal can make it all white again.
Reduce Passing of Gas (Flatus)
It is normal to pass gas 6-20 times a day, some times it could be embarrassing, charcoal helps reduce intestinal gas (flatulence).
Lower Cholesterol Levels
Abnormal levels of LDL cholesterol or HDL cholesterol are treated with a low-fat diet, exercise, and medications such as statins. Charcoal has been found to be effective too.
Improve Bad Odour in Shoes
Drop a common or activated charcoal in your smelly shoes after a coming back from work, it will take the smell off.
Improve Food Taste
Sometimes your food is about to go bad but you are left with no option, you can put a piece of charcoal for an hour or two before warming the food , it will make the taste fresher. Works best with soup.
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Emesis is the most common adverse reaction in the administration of activated charcoal, with a reported incidence of 6% to 26%. The American Academy of Clinical Toxicology position statement on single-dose activated charcoal states that the influences of rate and volume of charcoal administration, ingested toxic substances, and premorbid conditions on the incidence of vomiting are unknown. However, in a study in children 18 years of age and younger, previous vomiting and nasogastric tube administration were found to be the most important independent risk factors for vomiting sorbitol content. Large charcoal volume or rapid administration rate did not increase vomiting risk.
Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Activated charcoal might be safe when used short-term if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, but consult with your healthcare professional before using if you are pregnant.