Activated carbon (activated charcoal), is a form of carbon processed to have small, low-volume pores. This increase the surface area available for adsorption. It also has a variety of popular uses. It can likewise be used to relieve bloating and gas, for hair and skin, to treat insect stings and mild infections and even to whiten teeth.
Activated charcoal has been part of my natural medicine cabinet for years. It is one of those rare areas where ancient traditional medicine and today’s medical literature agree. Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine used this sooty, jet-black powder for thousands of years. (Its first recorded use dates back to 1550 BC.) It is also established in the medical literature as a powerful antidote that adsorbs most organic toxins, chemicals, and poisons before they can harm the body.