Health Benefits of Camphor
The Rajanirghantu describes an oil of camphor under the name of Karpura Taila. It is said to be useful in rheumatism and in giving firmness to loose teeth. This oil is not recognized or used by the native practitioners of the present day, but it most probably meant the camphor oil or liquid camphor obtained my making incisions on the Borneo camphor tree.
Camphor is regarded as carminative, stimulant and aphrodisiac; it is used in fever, diarrhoea, impotence, cough, eye-diseases, etc. It is also much used in the preparation of medicinal oils for imparting fragrance to them, singly as well as in combination with other aromatic substances.
Dose of Camphor in Medicine
Camphor enters into the composition of numerous medicines for the diseases mentioned above. The following is an illustration.
Karpura Rasa: Take cinnabar, opium, camphor, tubers of Cyperus rotundus (mustaka), indrajava seeds and nutmegs, equal parts; powder the ingredients and make into 4 grain pills with water. These pills are used in diarrhoea.
Camphor, rubbed with the milky juice of Ficus Bengalensis, is recommended to be applied to opacities on the cornea. It also enters into composition of several collyria. A small tent made with camphor is introduced into the urethra for the relief of irritability of the bladder and frequent micturition.
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