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Coffee Charcoal

Coffee beans being roasting

Coffee charcoal is produced by roasting coffee beans until the outer portion is blackened or charred.

People use coffee charcoal for diarrhea and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support most uses.

Is It Effective?

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NatMed Pro rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate.

Insufficient evidence
  • Crohn disease.
  • Diarrhea.
  • A long-term disorder of the large intestines that causes stomach pain (irritable bowel syndrome or IBS).
  • A type of inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis).
  • Mouth and throat swelling (inflammation), when applied directly.
  • Angina.
  • Migraine.
  • Infected wounds, when applied directly.
  • Other conditions.

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of coffee charcoal for these uses.

Is it Safe?


Coffee charcoal might help reduce swelling, and it might also have a drying (astringent) effect on the tissues.


When taken by mouth: Coffee charcoal is POSSIBLY SAFE for most adults when taken by mouth.

When applied to the skin: Coffee charcoal is POSSIBLY SAFE for most adults when applied to the skin.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if coffee charcoal is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Drug interactions

Medications taken by mouth (Oral drugs)

Interaction Rating=Moderate Be cautious with this combination.

Coffee charcoal absorbs substances in the stomach and intestines. Taking coffee charcoal along with medications taken by mouth can decrease how much medicine your body absorbs, and decrease the effectiveness of your medication. To prevent this interaction, take coffee charcoal at least one hour after medications you take by mouth.

Herb interactions

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

Food interactions

There are no known interactions with foods.


The appropriate dose of coffee charcoal depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for coffee charcoal. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

Other names

Café Arabica, Café Carbonisé, Café Robusta, Caféier d'Arabie, Caféier Robusta, Carbón de Café, Charbon de Café, Coffea arabica, Coffea canephora, Coffea liberica, Coffeae Carbo.


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