Charcoal (Activated) is a finely ground encapsulated powder that is made from wood that has been exposed to very high temperatures in the absence of air. Charcoal itself has been used over decades for its known effectiveness in absorbing and expelling intestinal gas. Charcoal is classified as an "adsorbent" substance, and for this reason, it's the popular choice among hospitals today for the treatment of drug over doses and poisonings.

Charcoal (Activated) may also be used for relieving a variety of ailments, such as indigestion, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, high cholesterol, intestinal gas and bloating. Charcoal's ability to adsorb and prevent substances from dislodging or reabsorbing into the body makes it a popular choice for detoxifying the liver and kidneys.

Applied topically, Charcoal also may help draw out poisons and toxins from wounds, skin irritations, as well as insect bites and stings. Limit the consumption of Charcoal because it will also absorb nutrients.