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Benefits of Camphor And Its Side Effects

Camphor and its strong relaxing smell is appreciated worldwide. It has a long lasting beautiful smell and various kinds of medicinal properties. Camphor is a common ingredient in many pain balms. It can be used to treat various kinds of health issues such as digestive problems, nerve problems, inflammation, cold, congestion of the air way and various other issues that are a daily affair. It also helps in increasing blood circulation, stimulating hormones and reducing osteoarthritis.

Benefits of Camphor And Its Side Effects

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Camphor
Nutritional Value of Camphor
Health Benefits of Camphor
Good For Digestion
Reduces Inflammation
Skin Care
Reduces congestion
Remedy for Arthritis
Treats Neuralgia
Improves Sexual Performance
Antispasmodic
Uses of Camphor
Side-Effects & Allergies of Camphor
Cultivation of Camphor

Camphor

There are two types of trees from which Camphor is extracted. Depending on its source camphor is put into two types – common camphor (Cinnamomum Camphora) and Borneo camphor (Dryobalanops Camphora). Though the properties are mostly same, a slight difference in smell and the concentration of some of the chemicals present in them. This beneficial compound is traditionally obtained from the bark and the wood of camphor trees. These days it is also produced artificially from turpentine oil. It has a wide range of uses from health to perfume to even keeping ants away. Camphor trees are evergreen and belong to the laurel family. They can grow as tall as 40 meters and can live up to 1000 years.

Nutritional Value of Camphor

Camphor is extracted from the essential oil that is contained in the secretory cells all over the tree. While the leaves contain 1% essential oils the wood of the trees contain 3%.

Health Benefits of Camphor

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Camphor
Health Benefits of Camphor

Good For Digestion

Camphor stimulates the digestive system and optimizes its functioning. It enhances the secretion of digestive juices and enzymes that is essential for the process of digestion to take place smoothly. It also prevents formation of gas and problems related to it. It is a good remedy for diarrhoea, gastroenteritis and other digestion related ailments.

Reduces Inflammation

Camphor has proved to be an extremely effective anti-inflammatory. This property of the compound has been made it a common name in conventional medicine apart from being active in Ayurveda and other forms of alternative medicine. This feature makes it a key ingredient in many pain balms that target towards reducing inflammation along with pain elimination. Camphor can easily penetrate the skin and hence gets easily absorbed for working miracles to heal external injuries and inflammation caused by it.

Skin Care

Various skin diseases can be treated with camphor. It is effective on itching and irritation, acne, soothing burn injuries, eczema, nail fungus, cracked heels and provides relief from pain. It is commonly used in various skin care products due to its beneficial attributes.

Reduces congestion

Camphor’s strong aroma is an extremely effective decongestant. It helps to free blocked bronchi, larynx, pharynx and other parts of the air way off phlegm and mucous. Decongestant balms and cold rubs use camphor for this purpose. Rubbing these medicines on the chest and throat gives a lot of relief.

Remedy for Arthritis

Camphor oil improves blood circulation and helps in detoxification. These properties make it good in relieving pain specially those caused by rheumatic diseases, arthritis and gout. The improved blood circulation also helps reduce inflammation. Its soothing smell helps relax too which helps a lot to cure pain.

Treats Neuralgia

Neuralgia is a painful condition that is caused by the swelling of the blood vessels surrounding the 9th cranial nerve. Camphor oil helps by making the vessels contract and relieving the pressure created on the nerve. The easily absorbent nature of camphor oil increases its efficacy as it can easily penetrate the skin. The aroma works as a sedative and soothes the pain more.

Improves Sexual Performance

Consuming camphor oil is a good way to improve sexual functions. Camphor stimulates those parts of the brain that control sexual urges and abilities. Applying camphor oil externally also works as a good way to treat erectile problems. Camphor improves blood circulation and a better flow of blood to the affected parts improves its functioning.

Antispasmodic

Spasms and cramps can occur at any time without any prior warning. The pain can be excruciating. They happen while you are sleeping too. Camphor oil is the best way to relieve such painful encounters. Pregnancy and spasmodic cholera are often accompanied by spasms and cramps. Massaging with camphor oil is a good way to sooth and calm the muscles.

Uses of Camphor

Camphor has a range of uses from medicinal to aromatic and many others. It is used to keep ants away. This justifies its use in various sweet dishes. It is used in making perfumes and balms. Camphor’s soothing smell helps people relax and induces sleep. Dandruff can be treated with the application of camphor. Its antiseptic property makes it an effective disinfectant and can be used in cleaning your home. Cockroaches hate camphor. To rid your house of these tiny beasts boil few neem leaves and add camphor and spray it to the cockroach infested areas. It also has a very good anti-inflammatory, painkilling, decongestant and antispasmodic property.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Camphor

Camphor when applied and consumed in moderate quantity is safe and beneficial. Do not apply products on areas where the skin is gaping and open wounds as there are high chances of camphor causing poisoning. Inhaling camphor is fine till a certain extent for decongesting blocked air ways. Consumption or inhaling higher levels of camphor can be very dangerous and may also cause death. Symptoms of camphor toxicity are burning of the mouth and throat, nausea and vomiting. Children should be kept away from camphor as they might not be able to tolerate its toxicity as they are more sensitive. Pregnant and breast feeding women should not consume camphor. There are slight side-effects of applying camphor like redness and skin irritation.

Cultivation of Camphor

Camphor is a crystalline substance that is obtained by distilling the bark and wood of camphor trees. Originally camphor belongs to the Southern islands of Japan and Taiwan. China too has camphor trees growing in the wild. Tropical and sub-tropical climate is favourable for growing camphor and has hence become popular India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Madagascar, South Africa and the US. Previously all the parts of the tree was used to extract camphor, but now only leaves are used to preserve the tree and make the process eco-friendly. The ancient Chinese used camphor as an embalming agent. The distillation process gives three grades camphor, white, brown and yellow. Only the white fraction is safe for therapeutic purposes and the rest should neither be applied or consumed as it is highly toxic.

Popular Questions & Answers

I am 26 years old. From last 2 week I am suffering from itching problem on my right thigh and it becomes black and red. So please give me a advice wat to apply here.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Faridabad
Skin problems are associated with aggravated pitta. You must take a diet that is not hot in nature like don't eat heavy meals, avoid the consumption of brinjals, colocasia, rajma, chhole cauliflower. Don't take spicy food, tea, coffee. Take veg diet including fruits. Drink plenty of warm water. Take ayurvedic treatment. Also consume 4gm saunf after food. Apply coconut oil and camphor to the affected area.

I have rectal pain from the past 10 days and it was severe pain while passing stool and bleeding. I have consulted a doctor and he prescribed some Amoxicillin antibiotic and zerodol tablet along with one stool softener syrup freelex. After 3 days also it wasn't reduced and he gave me another antibiotic with more power along with zerodol. Now it is a bit okay. He says it's fissure and needs surgery. Does it really required? Around 3 years back the same situation has come and I have used drotin tablet along with flagyl 400 based on the prescription by another doctor n it got cured in 4-5 days. Can you please suggest the permanent solution for this problem?

MS - General Surgery, FMAS.Laparoscopy
General Surgeon, Gandhinagar
Hello dear lybrate-user, Warm welcome to Lybrate.com I have evaluated your query thoroughly.* Currently there is no need of surgery.* First of all, primary care has to be done with conservative management, when there is no recovery from that (which is very rare) then and then only surgery is mandatory.* Primary guidelines for better recovery. Drink plenty of liquids. Prefer soft, light diet with more of green leafy veg, whole grains, cereals,pulses, legumes,organic fresh fruits. Avoid all types of oily, spicy,non veg, hot beverages, junk foods, dairy fat. Manage to have smooth bowel passage with the help of bulk forming laxativesas Ispaghula husk with lukewarm drinking water. Tab. Ibuprofen (400 mg) after meals morning and evening after meals for control of pain, burning if no history of drug sensitivity. Xylocaine (5 %)jelly application over the anal part gives soothing action. Sitz bath (sitting in a tub filled with lukewarm water 5 minutes each 3 times a day and additionally after passing stools) helps.Avoid long drives, sitting prolong on hard surfaces. Control of blood sugar, cholesterol,body weight. Avoid smoking, alcohol if consuming.* And for your knowledge, fissure can again and again return after full recovery with surgery or without surgery, there is no permanent solution of that anywhere in any pathy of the universe. Hope this clears your query. Wishing you fine recovery. Welcome for any further assistance. Regards take care.
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He was travelling by two wheelers in cold weather at around 5-6deg C. He was feeling very cold. Suddenly he has loose motion and vomiting frequently. Feeling very weak and not able to get up. He was given some medicine by local Doctor. Please advise.

MBBS, MD, DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopath, Indore
Give him Camphor 30, 4 pills for 2 days and Aconitum napellus 30, 4 pills twice a day for one day and report thereafter for further treatment. Give him light diet like khichdi or dalia, curd, give him ORS 3-4 times a day, so that body's electrolyte will be balanced. Let he be hydrated well. And revert back for further treatment.

My son is 20 months old too much perspiration/ sweating is it okay? He is also suffering from light sniffles & fever in alternative days. May we need any treatment for him or its common matter. Actually I am worried about him please suggest.

MD - Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lucknow
Go for nearest child specialist, use coconut oil + camphor (small peice) heat it and apply over the chest when leukwarm. Sometime due to congestion baby over work for respiration and produced perspiration.

I had sex and next day found bump on entrance of vagina size of gumball it hurts when I touch it and when I sit but it does not itch or have a smell nor do I have any discharge It does not hurt when I pee I have to lay down most of the day cause when I stand I feel like pressure that makes it hurt so I lay down don't know what it can be.

MD-Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Sexologist, Haldwani
Hello- It can be a hair boil or a simple bacterial infection. Wash vaginal area with neem leaves and apply coconut oil mixed with camphor. The boil will cure within three days.

Popular Health Tips

Camphor Oil (Kapoor Ka Tel) - Know Its Surprising Benefits!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda,
Camphor Oil (Kapoor Ka Tel) - Know Its Surprising Benefits!

Mosquito bites are a common occurrence but do you know, at least 1 million people die every year due to diseases spread by these mosquitoes, as per World Health Organization (WHO).  So what should you do to prevent mosquito breeding at home? 

Using Camphor or camphor oil is the best solution, as it is a natural repellent. Camphor oil or commonly known as Kapoor ka Tel offers a number of health benefits that most of us are not aware of. It is a popular sedative, stimulant, antiseptic, antispasmodic and decongestant. It is extracted from the camphor tree, the scientific name of which is Cinnamomum camphora. Other common Ayurvedic names of camphor are Ghanasara, Sheetabhra, Himavaluka and Sphatika. Additionally, apart from the cooling effect, camphor oil also has a strong aroma.

Following are the benefits of camphor oil-

1. Camphor oil as a stimulant: Camphor oil actively boosts the functioning of the various organs of the body including circulatory, excretory, digestive system and the overall metabolism. Camphor oil has a scraping nature which helps in maintaining Kapha dosha, level of cholesterol and prevents clotting in blood vessels.

2. Camphor oil as an antiseptic: Camphor oil is an excellent disinfectant and is mixed with other herbal oils before it is applied. In many households, it is used as a water disinfectant, especially during the rainy season. A cloth soaked in camphor oil, when kept in a room, drives away all the insects and germs. A few drops of camphor oil when poured into a container of grains keeps it safe from the insects. Camphor oil lotions are used for treating various forms of infections. It disinfects the body and also has the power to keep lice away.

3. Camphor oil as a remedy for cough: If anyone of you is suffering from chronic cough, then camphor is a very good remedy. Just put a few drops of it in boiling water and inhale the vapor.

4. Camphor oil as an anesthetic: Camphor oil is an excellent agent for local anesthesia, as you will feel a numbness after applying it. Further, it can soothe nerve disorders and convulsions. Camphor oil when applied with a carrier oil is very beneficial for controlling Parkinson’s disease, nervousness and epileptic attacks.

5. Camphor oil as an aphrodisiac: Consumption of camphor oil can boost your libido as it can stimulate that portion of your brain, which controls the sexual desire. External application of camphor oil can treat erectile problems, by enhancing the circulation of blood.

6. Camphor oil as an antineuralgic: Neuralgia is related to swelling of the blood vessels and camphor oil is an excellent cure for it. It decreases the pressure caused by the blood vessels thus reducing pressure on Ninth Cranial Nerve.

7. Camphor oil as an antirheumatic: Camphor oil can easily stimulate the circulatory system because of its stimulating properties, which is a crucial factor in managing arthritis, gout and other rheumatic problems. Mix it with olive or sesame oil and then apply it on your skin, but make sure the concentration of camphor should not cross 11%.

Apart from these properties, camphor oil is used in treating hysteria, epilepsy, food poisoning, whooping cough and many other problems. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Camphor (Kapoor) - How it is a Natural Home Freshener?

BAMS, M-CSEPI, M.Ayu.D, Dipl.EMS
Sexologist, Pune
Camphor (Kapoor) - How it is a Natural Home Freshener?

Did you know that camphor is very effective in keeping your home devoid of bad odor? Camphor or kapoor, as it is commonly called, can be found in every Hindu household. It is primarily used for purposes like pooja and aarti and for warming the house. It is considered to be a holy substance, the flames of which drive away negative energies and evil forces. However, camphor is beneficial in several other ways as well. It can be used as a natural home freshener which serves certain purposes.

Benefits of Camphor

  1. Camphor helps in killing germs. It is also an excellent way to purify the air in the surroundings of your home. Burning camphor or kapoor regularly is an effective way to eliminate germs from your household.
  2. It keeps your home odour free
  3. Artificial room fresheners, which are commonly used, contain a harmful chemical known as phthalates. This chemical may lead to the development of several health complications in children and pregnant woman. Instead of using such artificial room fresheners, you should use camphor as an alternative. It is very effective in eliminating odor. You need to burn the camphor in a lamp, ideally in the center of a room. Place it in a location from where the fragrance can reach all the parts of the room.
  4. It acts as an effective insecticide. Camphor contains properties, which act as an efficient natural insecticide. You can apply camphor to get rid of insects such as ants, bed bugs and mosquitoes. Here are the ways you can follow:

    • In case of ants, you need to dissolve a small amount of camphor in water. Sprinkle it over the area where you see ants, and they will go away instantly.
    • For eliminating bed bugs, you should wash your bed covers and bed sheets and mattresses in the sun. Put a chunk of camphor, put it in a piece of muslin cloth and keep it between the mattresses. This will drive all bed bugs away.
  5. Camphor is very useful in eliminating or getting rid of mosquitoes in your house. Camphor is made from the extract of a certain tree. Compared with other natural mosquito repellents, camphor has the most powerful mosquito repellent activity and capability. You need to light the camphor in your room and shut all doors and windows. Leave the room in this condition for around fifteen minutes and you will get a completely mosquito-free environment.

Other than being a natural freshener, camphor is also beneficial for the treatment of several skin problems such as rashes and irritation. It helps in treating pregnancy cramps and helps in the treatment of acne scars as well. Instead of using chemical camphor, it is always recommended to use Bhimseni Camphor (Kapoor). If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a doctor and ask a free question.

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Dengue - 5 Ways You Can Prevent Yourself Against It!

MD - Internal Medicine, MBBS
General Physician, Delhi
Dengue - 5 Ways You Can Prevent Yourself Against It!

The monsoons cool the air down but also provides an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes. A mosquito bite is universally abhorred. A sting that turns into dengue is even more disliked. Dengue is a mosquito borne disease that causes high fever, rashes and pain in joints and muscles. Since there is no vaccine that can completely eradicate dengue, it becomes important to take preventive measures to reduce mosquitoes and keep the disease at bay.

Here are a few tips that can reduce your risk of being bitten by mosquitoes:

  1. Do not allow water to accumulate: Mosquitoes breed in standing water. To prevent this do not allow rainwater to collect in pots or stagnate in your garden. Ensure that your water tanks are kept covered always. Keep buckets turned over when not in use. Coolers are generally ineffective in the monsoons so empty them out and keep the trays dry. It is also a good idea to empty and dry swimming pools and ornamental fountains during the monsoons.
  2. Use mosquito repellant: Dengue mosquitoes typically bite a person during the day. Hence, make it a habit to put on a mosquito repellant along with your sunscreen every time you step out. Mosquito repellants should be used on all the exposed areas of your skin including your ears. Using a mosquito net around your bed at night is the best way to ensure safety against mosquitoes. You could also attach mosquito repellant patches on your infant's clothes.
  3. Do not allow mosquitoes indoors: Install mesh shutters on your doors and windows. This will allow air in but will keep mosquitoes out. Take a close look at your doors and windows for holes through which mosquitoes could come in. Also look at their joints and edges to ensure that there are no gaps. Burning camphor and lavender or tea tree aromatics can also help keep mosquitoes away.
  4. Grow mosquito repellant plants: Citronella and tulsi are two plants that are well known for their mosquito repelling properties. Grow these plants near your window and the entrance of your house to naturally repel mosquitoes.
  5. Avoid outdoor activities at dawn and dusk: Sunrise and sunset are when mosquitoes are most active. Hence avoid being outdoors at this time. If you must be out, wear protective clothes that minimize the amount of skin exposed. Wearing light colours instead of dark colours can also help as mosquitoes are attracted to dark colours.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

3668 people found this helpful

Hot Oil Massage - Can It Help Manage Dandruff?

MD - Ayurveda
Ayurveda, Delhi
Hot Oil Massage - Can It Help Manage Dandruff?

Dandruff is a condition where flakes of dead skin appear on the scalp, accompanied with itching. There are different types of dandruff you can suffer from. It be can yellow and sticky or white and flaky. It is a very common condition, which is often the result of exposure to styling products, chronic constipation, stress, fatigue or pollution. A chemical treatment can surely cure the condition but it can also harm your hair as well as have its fair share of side effects.

Here are a few ayurvedic treatments which you could try to treat dandruff:

1. Coconut oil and camphor: Mix a small portion of camphor with some coconut. Store it in a container and apply it to your scalp every night. The camphor will help cool your scalp, which will help reduce the dandruff.

2. Coconut and lemon: Lemon is a particular ingredient, which is used for many hair care remedies. Warm up the coconut oil, mix some lemon juice in it and apply it on your scalp. Leave it on for at least half an hour and then wash your hair with shampoo. Perform this remedy at least for two to three weeks.

3. Curd and gram flour: Take a small bowl of curd and mix two to three teaspoons of gram flour. Add half a spoon of lemon juice in the mixture before applying it on your scalp and leave it for half an hour. Curd and gram flour are considered to be the best cleansers to clean the scalp and one of the best remedies for dandruff.

4. Lemon and neem leaves: Take a few neem leaves and make a paste. Add only half of a lemon to the paste and apply the mixture to your scalp. Leave it on for half an hour before washing your hair with shampoo. Follow this for at least two to three weeks.

5. Hot oil massage: A hot oil massage not only gives you relaxation, but also helps a lot with dandruff. Heat up a small amount of oil and massage your scalp with it. The hot oil seeps deeper into the roots of hair.
These remedies not only clear your scalp of the dandruff, but they also make your hair soft, smooth and healthy. So go and try them out. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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5 Natural Ways To Get Perfect Looking Nails!

MBBS, MD - Dermatology, F.C.P.S.(Dermatology, Venereology & Leprosy), Diploma in Venerology & Dermatology (DVD), DNB (Dermatology)
Dermatologist, Pune
5 Natural Ways To Get Perfect Looking Nails!

Having beautiful nails is not necessary only for looking good, but they need to be clean for health purposes too. Just like your skin and hair, you need to take care of them so that they are healthy looking. They are exposed to environment and there are many ways by which your nails get damaged. Thus, here are a few tips that are easy to follow to keep your nails look great and keep them healthy!

  1. Care for your cuticles: During a manicure avoid trimming your cuticles. They are meant to be the barrier for bacteria and when you cut them, it may result in painful infections. With the help of a cuticle pusher, you may moisten them and push them back, but do not cut them totally. Even when you are having a conventional manicure make sure that you protect your cuticles by dabbing some olive or almond oil so that the reaction of chemicals that come in contact with your skin becomes minimum.
  2. Use moisturizer: Even your nails need to be moisturized and hence while you rub lotion on your hands put some of it on your nail and cuticles too. By using hand wash regularly you tend to dry your nail bed. Thus, after every wash, it is necessary that you use some moisturizer. If possible, use some coconut oil for rubbing on your nails. You can use cuticle cream too and rubbing that every day on your cuticles will help in keeping them moisturized.
  3. Provide nutrients to your nails: Yes, even your nails need nutrients to be healthy. Take biotin that is also referred as vitamin H. Studies reveals that it helps in preventing nails from becoming brittle. It may not grow your nails faster, but it provides the necessary support to your nails so that they do not split, crack or tear away.
  4. Wear gloves to protect your nails: Make it a practice to wear gloves while you are working with detergents, whether during dishwashing or anything else. Detergents have harsh chemicals that will leach away nutrients and moisture from your nails. Thus, it’s better to protect before than taking care later. “Prevention is better than cure” you know!
  5. Avoid using harsh polish: In nail polishes, you will find toxic chemicals like toluene, dimethyl, dibutyl phthalate, and camphor, diethyl phthalates, and formaldehyde. These nail polishes are dangerous for health. Instead try alternatives that do not contain such chemicals and are easy on your nails. Before you purchase them read the label carefully.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Table of Content

Camphor
Nutritional Value of Camphor
Health Benefits of Camphor
Good For Digestion
Reduces Inflammation
Skin Care
Reduces congestion
Remedy for Arthritis
Treats Neuralgia
Improves Sexual Performance
Antispasmodic
Uses of Camphor
Side-Effects & Allergies of Camphor
Cultivation of Camphor