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Cleaning your body by the power of charcoal   written by Kenji Okabe

Muso has an affiliated company, called “Seishoku Kyokai”, which is a macrobiotic association in Osaka, Japan. Seishoku Kyokai was established in 1956 by Shuzo Okada who’s legacy has carried on the will of George Ohsawa, -the founder of Macrobiotics.

Today we would like to introduce an article featured in “Musubi” a monthly Macrobiotic magazine issued by Seishoku Kyokai.

Environmentally friendly charcoal

In the past charcoal has mainly been consumed as a source of energy. However, there is a new way of using charcoal that is attracting a lot of attention. It’s been that charcoal, made from wood and bamboo, such as Binchotan (traditional Japanese charcoal: (see the link for details) charcoal is useful as a filtering agent to make clean and good tasting water. Charcoal can also make the air cleaner and helps to produce rich soil.

There are tiny holes in the structure of wood charcoal under an electron microscope. Surface area of hole is 300㎡ per 1g of wood charcoal so it has a strong adsorption power. In addition, it is easy for microorganisms to live in the countless number of holes, and it creates microbial film. This is the secret that wood charcoal is useful for soil improvement and water purification.

If wood charcoal is mixed with soil, drainage and containing water in soil will be better, and microbial film can break down fertilizer and agricultural chemicals that often remain in soil. Microorganisms can also break down dirt and harmful substances absorbed into the holes of charcoal. Therefore, charcoal is environmentally friendly such developing good soil, sewage treatment, river purification..,etc.


Water increases the permeability to the body by making molecular structures due to the effect of wood charcoal

If you put wood charcoal into drinking water, you can make delicious and clean water. This is because chlorine and organic substances which cause odors is absorbed into the surface of charcoal holes. Then, microorganism which live in the holes breaks down these substances. Wood charcoal contains about 2 to 3 % of minerals absorbed from soil of trees. In the minerals, there are a lot of important minerals like calcium to grow trees. If wood charcoal is soaked in water, various minerals start to seep into the water; therefore, water soaked in wood charcoal can be highly safe like "spring water".


Activation of microorganism. Plants grow due to thermal storage effect

It is said that carbon contained in wood charcoal can transform electromagnetic waves, such as infrared rays from sun..etc into sound waves and ultrasound waves that microorganisms like. This is why a lot of microorganisms gather around charcoal if you put charcoal in soil. The function that charcoal can make plants grow better is activated by microorganisms. Charcoal also has an effect of thermal storage...For instance, if charcoal powder can be used for melting snow. Use of charcoal can also assist with environmental contamination.


Attention of the effect of the negative ions

It is worth mentioning the effect of “negative air ionization” that charcoal brings out. If you put charcoal at four corners of a room, it can reduce the electromagnetic waves that TV, air conditioners, personal computers…etc radiate. If your body takes negative ions, your blood will flow smoothly. If you put charcoal and salt into laundry for washing, they can remove stains better. If you cook rice with charcoal, rice will be tastier due to the effect of the negative ions and a far infrared effect.


Purifying body's internal environment by power of charcoal

Human beings cannot eat charcoal, so you can purify body's internal environment by eating food that is roasted for long time. For example, there is black roasted brown rice, called “Genshin,” which is made by roasting brown rice for long time. If you add 15 or 20 times of water and a pinch of salt to it, and boil for 40 to 50 minutes, it will be a black roasted brown rice soup. It can stick to waste, such as fecal impaction staying in the intestine, and can help discharge it.

(Quoted by a macrobiotic Magazine, “Musubi” in October 2011 issue, published by Seishoku Macrobiotic Association in Japan.)


Muso has the following carbonated product line

Dark Roasted Umeboshi (pickled plum) powder

It functions as a natural antibacterial material, and it assists body's internal environment by purifying bad bacteria and disease-causing germs.


Dark Roasted Kombu powder

It is most suitable for detoxifying radioactive iodine attached to thyroid gland. It also functions as a cough medicine and miracle cure of asthma.


Dentie tooth powder (roasted egg plant powder with sea salt)

It is highly recommended for gum disease and cavity protection, as it adheres to stains in the mouth. Let us cleanse our body not only externally but internally with the various power of charcoal.

If you need further information, please feel free to let us know.

About the writer: Kenji Okabe

Born in Gumma prefecture, Japan in 1961. He is the director of Japan Brown Rice and Macrobiotic Research Institute and also work as a food and medical consultant.

Kenji Okabe visited the United States while he was in college, and was surprised to see a lot of obese people there. He researched the subject related to “American society and diet food”. After realizing that Japanese traditional food is an ideal diet food, he learned about Macrobiotics and studed with Shiro Matsuoka. Shiro Matsuoka was one of the disciples of George Ohsawa,  and was also a chair person of Seishoku Kyokai. After playing an active role as a macrobiotic lecturer at Seishoku Kyokai, he moved to countryside in Fukuoka Prefecture located in south Japan in 2003, and established Japan Brown Rice and Macrobiotic Research Institute. He set up “Musubi no Kai” in 2005, and opened a seminar house called “Seasonal House”, Nagaiwa” in 2006. He holds various seminars and cooking classes. He published 3 books so far. His hobby is also his field work.