Activated charcoal, dosage and contraindications

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Activated charcoal is a natural remedy useful for absorbing digestive and intestinal gases, but it is also an indispensable aid in case of poisoning or poisoning from spoiled foods. The intake must be controlled and limited to short periods of time.

The charcoal is a very useful remedy to detoxify from any food poisoning or forms of poisoning caused for example by the ingestion of non-edible mushrooms.

This effective action is due to the porosity of the coal activated by the combustion procedure at very high temperatures, about 600°C, without the presence of flame from the timbers and the like, and from the ex post treatment to which the coal thus obtained is subjected.

In fact, charcoal possesses the prerogative of “adsorbing” and not just absorbing: it means that through its porosity the toxicities are incorporated and retained, to then be transported in a mass unaffected by acids and carried to the colon to be expelled.

In addition to this important anti-toxic effect, Activated carbon is also used to adsorb gastric and intestinal gases, due to malabsorption disorders, gastritis, aerophagia, meteorism, but also to stop diarrhea caused by gastrointestinal virus infections.

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Activated Charcoal: How much to take

Doses and methods of taking Vegetal Charcoal depend on the indications for which it is taken.

  • For digestive abdominal tensions: it is advisable to take Charcoal immediately after meals of 50 to 100 mg daily, depending on the complexity of the disorder.
  • For swellings of intestinal origin: it is advisable to take Charcoal far from meals, 100 to 200 mg daily.

When the Charcoal is prescribed to adsorb the food assimilation gases it is possible to associate it with carminative herbs that help the gastric functional like fennel, cumin, mint, facilitating digestion.

Activated Coal: Contraindications

  • The use of charcoal has not shown toxicity, but should not be taken for excessively long periods, because it can cause constipation. In fact, it is not recommended for those who usually suffer from constipation and whose intestinal peristalsis is slow and a bit asleep.
  • Activated carbon is not recommended for those undergoing pharmacological treatment because its adsorbent capacity could reduce the effectiveness of the therapy.
  • Activated carbon is contraindicated in the case of taking emetic drugs, i.e. that facilitate vomiting, to detoxify an organism affected by poisoning.

Warnings: The use of Activated Charcoal produces as a result the appearance of black feces, a phenomenon that disappears after a few days from the suspension of treatment.

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