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Internally: For adults, take between 2-4 tablets until symptoms are alleviated but do not exceed 16 tablets per day. Or take 1 teaspoon USP grade powder mixed with water but do not exceed 3 teaspoons per day. Children should take half an adult dosage. Activated charcoal should not be taken regularly for more than 6 weeks at a time. Please consult a physician if symptoms persist.
Externally: To make a poultice, mix 3 tablespoons of ground flax seeds or cornstarch with 3 tablespoons of activated charcoal powder in 3/4 cups of hot water. Stir until blended and cool to room temperature. Place mixture generously on a strip of gauze large enough to cover the area and tape the sides so that the mixture does not leak. Leave on 3-6 hours or overnight.
Other Uses: Activated charcoal helps to eliminate bad breath by cleansing the mouth and digestive tract, relieves symptoms of nervous diarrhea, traveler’s diarrhea (Turista), spastic colon, indigestion, and peptic ulcers. For these discomforts, between 1 and 1 ½ tablespoons of powdered charcoal stirred in a glass of water up to 3 times a day is normally effective. It is most effective when taken between meals, as food may reduce its effectiveness.
Activated charcoal is inexpensive, simple to use, and a time-tested natural remedy that has many valuable uses without dangerous side effects or contradictions. It is an efficient cleaner when taken orally which helps to purify the blood.
Charcoal may adsorb and inactivate other medications. Usually you can take charcoal two hours before or after other drugs. Check with your physician before beginning treatment with charcoal if you are taking prescription drugs. You may take charcoal intermittently for long periods or regularly for up to 12 weeks. However, it should not be taken regularly for extended periods of over 12 weeks. Do not give charcoal to an unconscious person.
Activated charcoal may be used as an antidote in poisoning from most drugs and chemicals. However, DO NOT USE WITH THE FOLLOWING: Cyanide, mineral acids, caustic alkalines, alcohol, or boric acid. Other antidotes are more effective. Charcoal is not effective in every poisoning situation so consult a Poison control Center or a physician immediately for instructions in any poisoning emergency.
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