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Camphor, Camphora Officinarum

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HPUS label indication: Coldness

Below are the strongest indications of Camphora in traditional homeopathic usage, not reviewed by the FDA.

Hahnemann says: “The action of this substance is very puzzling and difficult of investigation, even in the healthy organism because its Primary action, more frequently than with any other remedy, alternates and becomes intermixed with the vital reactions (after effects) of the organism. On this account it is often difficult to determine what belongs to the vital reactions of the body and What to the alternating effects due to the primary action of the Camphora Officinarum.” Pictures a state of collapse. Icy coldness of the whole body; sudden sinking of strength; pulse small and weak. After operations, if temperature is subnormal, low blood pressure, 3 doses Camphora Officinarum. 1x, 15-minute intervals. This condition is met with in cholera, and here it is that Camphor has achieved classical fame. First stages of a cold, with chilliness and sneezing. Subsultus and extreme restlessness. Cracking of joints. Epileptiform convulsions. Camphor has a direct relationship to muscles and fascia. In local rheumatic affections in cold climates necessary. Distention of veins. As a heart stimulant for emergency use of Camphor is the most satisfactory remedy. Drop doses on sugar as often as every five minutes. It is characteristic of Camphor that the patient Will not be covered, notwithstanding the icy coldness of the body. One of the main remedies in shock. Pain better while thinking of it. Very sensitive to cold and to touch. Sequelae of measles. Violent convulsion, with wandering and hysterical excitement. Tetanic spasms. Scrofulous children and irritable, weakly blondes especially affected.
BETTER, warmth.
WORSE, motion, night, contact, cold air.
Camphora Officinarum antidotes or modifies the action of nearly every vegetable medicine - tobacco, Opium, worm medicines, etc. Luffa actangula (whole body ice-cold, with a restlessness and anxiety; burning thirst). Camphoric acid - (a prophylactic against catheter fever; cystitis 15 grains three times a day; also for prevention of night sweats).
Incompatible: Kali-nit.
Complementary: Canth.
Antidotes: Opium; Nit. Sp. Dulc.; Phos.
Compare: Carbo; Cuprum; Arsenic; Verat.

    MIND (click for more)

Behaviour; shrieking

Insecure, uncertain, scared; anxiety
Insecure, uncertain, scared; anxiety; during chill
Insecure, uncertain, scared; fear; night

Restlessness, nervousness

    HEAD (click for more)

Head sore

Tongue cold, flabby, trembling

Fleeting stitches in temporal region and orbits

Nose cold and pinched

Occipital throbbing, synchronous with the pulse.

Beating pain in cerebellum

Cold sweat

Pulsating; back of head (occiput); standing

Influenza; headache, with catarrhal symptoms, sneezing, etc

Vertigo, tendency to unconsciousness, feeling as if he would die

    EYE (click for more)


Fixed, staring; pupils dilated

Sensation as if all objects were too bright and glittering.

    NOSE (click for more)

Persistent epistaxis, especially with goose-flesh state of skin.

Cold and pinched

Fluent coryza on sudden change of weather



Stopped; sneezing

    FACE (click for more)

Cold sweat.

Coldness; cholera
Coldness; in hydrocephalus (water on the brain: headache, drowsiness, vomiting)

Expression; anxious

Lips; discoloration; bluish
Lips; upper lip pulled up, exposing teeth

Perspiration; cold

Skin; discoloration; bluish
Skin; discoloration; pale
Skin; discoloration; pale; during chill


Pale, haggard, Anxious, distorted; BLUISH, cold

    MOUTH (click for more)

Cold breath

Dryness; tongue

Sensation of coldness; tongue

Tongue; cold tongue
Tongue; flabby
Tongue; trembling

    ABDOMEN (click for more)

Coldness, followed by burning.

Bladder; urging to urinate (unhealthy desire)

Kidneys; suppression of urine; from suppressed gonorrhoea

Stomach; coldness
Stomach; Pressive pain in pit of stomach

    RECTUM (click for more)


Diarrhoea; hot weather

    STOOL (click for more)

Asiatic cholera, with cramps in calves, coldness of body, anguish, great weakness, Collapse, tongue and mouth cold.

Blackish; involuntary


Watery; like rice water

    URINE (click for more)

Burning and Strangury, with tenesmus of the neck of the bladder

Retention with full bladder.

Burning (includes hot)

Colour; greenish

    GENITALS (click for more)

Nightly emissions.



Female; sexual intercourse; desire increased

Male; sexual passion; suppressed

Urethra (urinary part of genitals); pain; burning
Urethra (urinary part of genitals); pain; burning; during urination

Male; Desired increased

    RESPIRATION (click for more)

Suspended respiration.

Breath cold



Precordial distress

Asphyxia; in new-born infant

Suffocative dyspnoea

Violent, dry, hacking cough

    CHEST (click for more)

Anxiety; region of heart


    EXTREMITIES, LIMBS (click for more)

Cracking in joints

Cramps in calves

Difficult motion

Coldness; lower limbs; foot; icy cold
Coldness; upper limbs; hands
Coldness; with diarrhoea
Coldness; yet warm bed unbearable

Icy cold feet, ache as if sprained.

Numbness, tingling and Coldness

Rheumatic pain between shoulders

    SLEEP (click for more)

Insomnia, with cold limbs

Sleeplessness, insomnia; coverings are warm though limbs are cold

Subsultus and extreme restlessness.

    CHILL (click for more)

Chilliness (see also whole body; temperature)

External; as in cholera

Icy coldness of the body

Shaking, shivering, rigors

Uncovering, undressing

With fever, but chill predominating

    FEVER (click for more)

Cold perspiration

Congestive chill

Icy coldness of the whole body

Internal heat; with external chill

When walking in open air

Pulse small, weak, slow

tongue cold, flabby, trembling.

    PERSPIRATION (click for more)



    SKIN (click for more)

Cannot bear to be covered ( Secale.)

COLD, pale, blue, livid

Coldness; icy

    INJURIES AND ACCIDENTS (click for more)

Shock from injury

    GENERALITIES (click for more)

After measles

Blood vessels; blue discoloration (from lack of oxygen in blood)

Collapse; after diarrhoea

General physical anxiety

Pain; sore, bruised; internally

Pulse; imperceptible; almost
Pulse; small
Pulse; weak

Suppression of sexual desire

Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); cold air
Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); cold feeling; lack of vital heat

Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); from perspiration
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Homeopathic remedies are prescribed on the basis that in a tiny dilution like cures like, so while the very dilute homeopathic remedy may help, the raw product is often best avoided.

Entries on a white background are from Boericke's Materia Medica. Entries on a green background are from a reversed Kent's repertory, with some alterations to modernise the language. Uses are based on traditional homeopathic practice and have not been reviewed by the FDA.