Known since antiquity, rediscovered in the mid-twentieth century, indispensable in the third millennium, the activated adsorbent charcoal is the most powerful natural clinic that is known worldwide and mostly used. It is able to bind, capture, pump and trap foreign substances or toxins that are in the air, water, our food or on our body.
Composed entirely of plant material, it becomes almost pure carbon, activated charcoal is a very fine powder, odorless, tasteless and without any granular particle. Its intelligent use, based on an accurate knowledge of its molecular structure and physiology of our body, has given rise to what is called the carbotherapy.
The carbotherapy: before and after antibiotics
In ancient times, Hippocrates and Pliny already warmly recommended charcoal in the treatment of epilepsy, vertigo, chlorosis (a form of anemia) and anthrax, a food-borne infection transmitted to humans when working for slaughter or tanning.
In the seventeenth century, D.M. Kehl wrote a memorandum in which he advises the use of activated charcoal poultices to eliminate odors gangrenous ulcers and purify the breath when used as a mouthwash. He also advocates its use in oral treatment of putrid fever and any “bilious.”
The nineteenth century saw the industrial use of activated charcoal become widely available: it is being employed to absorb the gas, bleaching many liquids, refining sugar, purified water, ventilate the sewers and manufacture of highly efficient gas masks. We also discover its great power as an antidote in many mercury poisoning or antidote in strychnine, opium, morphine, silver nitrate and lead salts, among others…
In America, interest in activated charcoal is focusing on its effectiveness for relieving gastrointestinal disorders and actively prevent cholera, smallpox, typhoid fever and all malignancies.
The beginning of the twentieth century is not yet known for antibiotics. It is turning to the activated charcoal and seeks to exploit its great anti-infective properties. Numerous studies have established that it can absorb staphylococci, streptococci, meningococci, coliform, the pathogens common in hospital acquired infections. Many bacterial toxins including Vibrio cholerae and also viruses can be absorbed. French doctors even think to use it as intravenous drug shock in infectious diseases including tuberculosis, successfully, until the discovery of antibiotics, which was relegated to anti-infective of activated charcoal.
From the 70’s, we rediscovered activated charcoal, but rather insist on its great power in the gastrointestinal disorders, food poisoning, chronic renal failure along with acute and quick lowering of high rates of blood cholesterol, allergy to the sun, aging and poisoning without any side effect.