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Research could pave way for activated charcoal treatment for colitis and Crohn's disease

 by charcoal on 23 Apr 2017 |
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A new study could pave the way for the use of activated charcoal in the treatment of Colitis, Crohn’s disease and  Inflammatory Bowel Disorder. 
The recently published research (Afrin MR, et al. Int Immunopharmacol*) looked at the impact of Le Carbonne charcoal supplements, a French product similar to UK manufactured Bragg’s medicinal charcoal, on inflammation of the intestines in mice. 
The two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) are ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Ulcerative colitis causes inflammation and ulceration of the inner lining of the rectum and colon. Crohn's can affect any part of the gut causing inflammation. 
Bragg’s customers have often reported relief of symptoms with the use of our pharmaceutical grade activated charcoal so we were particularly interested to read about this latest study. 
Previous studies have supported the beneficial effects of activated charcoal on stomach disorders, indigestion and diarrhoea but this is the first time research has looked specifically at its effect on inflammation and disease progression in colitis. 
The study found that activated charcoal treatment resulted in a  significantly reduction in loss of body weight, shortening of the colon, histopathologic changes and disease activity index. The results of the study demonstrate the capability of activated charcoal to reduce inflammation in the colon. 
This new evidence has the potential to open the door to new treatments for Inflammatory Bowel Disease. 
*Int Immunopharmacol. 2017 Feb;43:70-78. doi: 10.1016/j.intimp.2016.10.023. Epub 2016 Dec 12.


Peter  - Comment
Peter 23 Feb 2019Reply
6 years ago, after taking 16 (500mg) activated charcoal capsules every day for one month as a cleansing protocol, a side effect developed thereafter---my 13 year bout with periodic ulcerative colitis has not returned since!!
charcoal - Comment
charcoal23 Feb 2019Reply
Dear Peter
Thank you for your email your comment is very interesting, there are a number of conditions which may benefit from treatment with Activated Charcoal, however we can only promote those conditions which are covered within the scope of our medicinal product license.

Kind regards
JL Bragg
Praveen - Comment
Praveen23 Feb 2019Reply
Any more advancements in the treatment of ulcerative colitis by using the charcoal medicine?
charcoal - Comment
charcoal23 Feb 2019Reply
Dear Praveen
Thank for your email, studies in the use of activated charcoal are quite extensive. One method of following published clinical data obtained from a number of sources would be to access the pubmed database. I have provided a link in which the data has been filtered in respect to your enquiry, as this is public source you may use the data base for research.

Kind regards
John Briggs
Praveen  - Comment
Praveen 05 Sep 2020Reply
Mr JL Bragg snd Peter,

Request you to share if there are any more advancements in the treatment of ulcerative colitis by using activated Charcoal?

Many thanks!

- Praveen.
Tiru - Comment
Tiru22 Aug 2023Reply
Any one recently tried for Crohn’s Disease ? Please let me know it will
Life saver
charcoal - Comment
charcoal22 Aug 2023Reply
Thank you for your email, we have a number of customers who use activated charcoal to alleviate the symptoms of Crohn's and find it beneficial.

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