Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Information about Charcoal

Charcoal is an amorphous, porous form of carbon made by the destructive distillation of almost any carbonaceous material such as wood, coconut shells, animal bones, and corn cobs. Woods, coconut shells, and animal bones do not produce harmful chemicals, such as methylcholanthrene and benzopyrene in the process of burning. Accordingly, powdered charcoal is an antiseptic and adsorbent.
Charcoal powder can be given for dyspepsia (poor digestion) where foul breath and smelly eructation are present, and for the offensive smell in the bowels which usually attend to pregnancy.

The most important work of charcoal powder in the treatment of various diseases is it adsorbs chemical substances that are harmful to the body, like germs, viruses, toxins, wound secretions, and other results of infections. Charcoal does not absorb but rather it adsorbs substances, by "adsorb" means to take up, hold on, or spread out on the surface of the molecules. Charcoal works like a magnet, it collects foreign substances around it, bonding them all together and disposes of them through the excretory system.

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