Activated charcoal is made by adding acid and steam to carbonaceous materials like wood and coconut shells. It is so beneficial in detoxification because it has a tiny particle size giving it a large surface area with a greater ability to absorb toxins. One teaspoon provides a surface area of 10,000 square feet!
For heavier detoxification, activated charcoal can be taken 25-100 grams per day on a short-term basis. For maintenance, it may be taken daily at 5-10 grams. It can be used one week at a higher dose and one week at the maintenance dose.
The father of natural medicine, Hippocrates, used it in many of his treatments to cure patients. Carbon has a negative ionic charge which attracts the positive ionic charges of toxins causing them to bind to the charcoal. The charcoal then carries the toxins safely out of the body through the intestines.