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Camphora - Appendix symptoms - T.F. Allen

Camphor, Camphora Officinarum, Camph.

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HPUS indication of Camphora : Coldness
Common symptom: Coldness ..

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Below are the main rubriks (i.e strongest indications or symptoms) of Camphora in traditional homeopathic usage, not approved by the FDA.



I took one scruple of Camphor inclosed in a little of the pulp of tamarinds. It made no alteration on the height of the Merc Viv mercury in the thermometer at my stomach. But twenty minutes after, my pulse beat only 66; whereas, before I took the dose, it had 68; some time after this it was reduced to 65.

I took two scruples in a little syrup of pale roses; which immediately caused a sensation in my mouth, something like that occasioned by taking strong Mentha Piperita peppermint-water, but much more disagreeable. On looking at the thermometer at my stomach, the Merc Viv mercury, ten minutes after the dose, was fallen one degree; and my pulse, which before was 77, only beat 75. Twenty-five minutes after the dose, the Merc Viv mercury was risen to the same height at which it had been before I took it, and my pulse was again at 77.

Fortunately, about this time, one of my young gentlemen came into the room, who told me afterwards, that I desired him to shut the windows, and then threw myself backward on the bed, where I lay a few minutes very quiet, then started up, sat on the side of it, and made some efforts to vomit, but threw nothing up; that I then flung myself back again with dreadful shrieks, fell into strong convulsions, foamed at the mouth, stared wildly, and endeavored to lay hold of and tear everything within my reach. This outrageous fit was succeeded by a calm, something similar to fainting, with this difference only, that my color was very florid. The servants, concluding me to be mad, durst not come near me, and therefore sent for my brother, who lived at a little distance. When he arrived and spoke to me, I awaked, as I thought, from a profound sleep, and had just sensibility enough to know him. My pulse beat 100 in a minute. Though I was recovered so much from the fit I have just now described as to know every one about me, what is strange is, I was entirely ignorant of my own actions, as well as of the place where I was.


72, Wm. Alexander, M.D., Exper. Essays, London, 1770; 73, Jas. L. Brooks, Bost. Med. and Surg. Journ., vol. xix, 1838, p. 397, Miss B. took a dessertspoonful of a strong solution; 74, Mr. Clark, Lancet, 1842-3 (1), p. 300, a man, aet. thirty-nine years, ate about 35 grains of powdered C.; 75, Dr. O. E. Brown, West. Med. and Surg. Journ., 1847, Mr. A., ate bits of gum C. during an evening; 76, J. H. Beech, M.D., Penn. Journ. of Med., Feb., 1855, p. 367, a man, aet. fifty years, swallowed a quantity of nearly saturated alcoholic tinct.; 77, T. P. M., Lancet, 1857 (1), p. 384, a young lady, aet. eighteen years, swallowed a piece of the size of a marble; 78, A. Legat, M.D., Brit. Med. Journ., 1875 (1), p. 242, a young lady, aet. twenty years, took a few drops of a solution; 79, Geo. Johnson, Brit. Med. Journ., 1875 (1), p. 272, a boy, aet. fourteen years, took about 15 drops of hom. C., for a cold; 80, ibid., p. 171, a lady, aet. thirty-five years, took 7 drops of hom. sol. of C. on sugar; 81, ibid., a young lady took 25 drops for a cold; 82, ibid., a man took eight doses of 3 drops each, within forty minutes; 83, W. Thursfield, M.D., Lancet, 1875 (2), p. 825, a child, just recovering from a fever, was given half an ounce of C. liniment; 84, New Remedies, 1876, p. 85, a lad, aet. thirteen years, ate two pieces of C. (about 120 grains); 85, omitted; 86, Geo. Johnson, M.D., Brit. Med. Journ., 1877 (1), p. 607, a man, aet. eighteen years, took within six hours seven hours seven doses of three drops each, of hom. C. on sugar; 87, Chas. Hallet, Lancet, 1841-2 (2), p. 891, a woman, aet. thirty years, took about a scruple dissolved in rectified spirit of wine.

Great mental excitement, much resembling intoxication, with occasional delirium, with external laborious breathing, performed without the assistance of the abdominal muscles, great anxiety, languor, and giddiness, and occasional loss of sight, but the pupil perfectly natural; also a very distressing sense of numbness and tingling, with coldness of the extremities, so severe that she was at times quite unable to walk, and as she expressed it, "they felt as if they did not belong to her;" pulse 90, very feeble,

Immediately a very faint feeling, which compelled her to lie down flat on the hearth-rug, and she nearly lost consciousness; this lasted about five minutes. When I arrived, her face was very pale, and her pulse was weak. She was very drowsy after she got to bed,

He immediately became insensible; was soon found pulseless, with his extremities cold, and his face and lips pallid,

Within five minutes after the last dose, without the slightest warning, he had a severe epileptic fit, in which his tongue was badly bitten. Ever since he has felt "queer," complaining of a peculiar cold sensation of the tongue, extending for about half an inch from the tip,

A most vacant expression of countenance, eyes wandering about the room, speechless an powerless. Soon had a violent epileptic fit, which lasted for about two minutes. She went into a state of stupor, and in about half an hour vomited freely, the matter ejected smelling most strongly of Camphor. In the morning she complained of violent pain in the head and chest, and still the taste and smell of Camphor were most disagreeable; her mouth was slightly distorted,

A fit of epilepsy, which lasted about ten minutes, followed by an extraordinary state of exhaustion. The extremities were cold, the surface was covered with clammy sweat; the pulse frequent and scarcely perceptible, and the pupil dilated. When roused he had scarcely power to articulate. Occasional suppression of the urine for three months afterwards,

Violent convulsions and nervous sequelae, which continued for several months,

Convulsions; speechless, but perfectly conscious of all that was going on around him,

Breathing slow, stertorous; pulse 98 and forcible; veins of forehead distended and tortuous; countenance livid, and covered with perspiration; convulsions (after half an hour), violent, racking the whole frame, in which opisthotonos was considerable; whole surface red with capillary congestion, the eyeballs injected and prominent for an instant, and then the eyes forcibly closed, loud moaning, grinding of teeth, and blowing of bloody saliva, through the closed teeth (after three-quarters of an hour); this continued for about half an hour, when the opisthotonos gave place to rapid rolling over and over, now this and sometimes that way, burying the face sometimes for a moment in the bed, so that respiration was sometimes difficult,

Burning of the mouth, throat, and stomach (immediately); convulsions (in fifteen minutes); black in the face, body arched backwards; the teeth so firmly clenched that nothing could separate them; the eyes wide open, pupils quite insensible to strong light, but neither contracted nor dilated; the eyeballs were rapidly rolling from side to side; the pulse was as times hardly to be felt; at others it was full and bounding; the breathing was gasping, with long intervals between each gasp (in three hours),

Immediately became very giddy and unwell; threw her arms about her sister. and was seized with strong convulsions. In about a quarter of an hour there was free vomiting and she remained unconscious for some time longer. Some time later she complained of headache and giddiness, and was evidently confused; pulse quick; skin moist,

After four hours the child was observed to do something which elicited the remark, "Are you dreaming?" No reply was given by the child, and it was noticed that something was wrong with him; his eyes were fixed in a stare, and he stood motionless and unconscious. His brother took him up to carry him to an adjoining room, when he immediately became convulsed and perfectly, rigid, with his head and legs bent back, so that he could only be placed on his side upon the floor. The convulsions increased until the flesh from the head to the shoulders became purple, and the pulse decreased rapidly until it could not be felt. The body then lost its rigidity, and was apparently lifeless; but in about ten seconds the pulse could again be felt, the convulsions returned, and the child foamed at the mouth. Applications of cold water brought him around in about four minutes; violent vomiting the ensued; he was hysterical for a times, but within an hour he was so far recovered that he could be put to bed,

First Experiment.

Second experiment.

Long before this time, however, I began to feel an unusual lassitude and depression of spirits, accompanied with frequent yawnings and stretchings, which stole upon me by slow and almost imperceptible degrees; till, at the end of three-quarters of an hour from their first appearance, they were grown extremely troublesome. The Merc Viv mercury in the thermometer remained at the same height as it had done before the dose; but my pulse was now fallen from 77 to 67.

Soon after this, my head grew so very giddy, that it was with great difficulty I could walk across the room; when feeling myself, as I thought, stifled, I imagined the fresh air would remove that symptom, and therefore opened the window and looked out; but everything in the street appeared to me in the utmost tumult and confusion; in which, imagining that I was involved, I felt myself in danger of losing my balance, and tumbling from my position. I therefore staggered from the window to my bed, and having a book with me, read several pages of it; but had no distinct idea of any one sentence, but far less could I connect two or more of them together, so as to comprehend the meaning of the author. At last, being able to read no longer for the tumultuous motion which I perceived among the letters of the book, and finding it had no power to divert the attention of my mind from the uneasy sensations which disturbed me, I arose to see whether I could walk any better; but to my great mortification, found my head more confused, and could hardly walk any at all. I then returned to the bed, and being a little thirsty, called for some mutton-broth to drink. It being dinner-time, the servant, instead of bringing the broth, covered the table as usual, not knowing that I was complaining. When the victuals were brought, I got out of bed again, and with no small reluctance swallowed a little of the broth, but could neither taste bread nor meat, on account of a nausea, which, however, was not accompanied with any inclination to vomit.

I now staggered again to bed, and took up the book I had left there, in order to make one more effort to divert the attention of my mind from the uneasy sensations I felt; but could not read, as the letters on the book formed only a confused group of unsteady images. Now the confusion of my head increased so much, attended with such a noise in my ears, that all knowledge of what was present, as well as memory of the past, was soon entirely lost in as state of insensibility.

At this time, feeling myself very warm, I got out of bed, threw myself down on the floor, and thinking myself refreshed by the cold of it, called for some cold water, and bathed my hands and face in it. This refreshed me a little, and in some degree quieted a tremor which had seized on every part of my body. I drank plentifully of warm water, and soon vomited; and though more than three hours had passed since I had taken the Camphor, the greatest part of it was evacuated, undissolved, along with the water.

In mentioned before that I had not only lost all remembrance of my past actions, but also the knowledge of every present object; but I now began slowly to recover both, though in a manner so amazing, that my business, connections, and everything of the same nature, which I had entirely for gotten, at their first occurrence startled my mind, as if they were things I had never before been acquainted with; and what is still more extraordinary, after I knew every one of my family, I did not recollect the use of any part of the furniture of my own room; and every object on which I cast my eyes appeared as strange and new to me as if I had only that moment begun my existence.

Whether it was owing to the vomiting or to the Camphor I know not, but I was now affected with a pretty severe headache, which disturbed me a good deal all the evening. Between 5 and 6 o'clock the giddiness of my head, singing in my ears, excessive heat and tremor, which had been so severe on me before, were now considerably abated, but far from being entirely gone. About 7 o'clock Dr. Monro returned to visit me, and found my pulse reduced from 100 strokes in a minute to 80. We now applied a thermometer to my stomach, and in half an hour the Merc Viv mercury arose two degrees above blood-warm; it was then changed from my stomach to the doctor's, and in half an hour the Merc Viv mercury fell more than one degree.

Violent headache, sickness, and inability to work for two months,

Violent pain in the head and through the temples, accompanied with an indescribable sensation of sinking and exhaustion, as though her breath were leaving her (immediately); flushed face, eye suffused with blood, pupils dilated, extremities cold, pulse full, soft, and about 40, breathing laborious, and a constant putting of the hand to the top of the head, and again to the stomach, as though suffering great pain in both of those organs, the brain and the stomach. In addition to these symptoms there was a total loss of speech for the time being; but notwithstanding the power of speech was lost, her hearing remained unimpaired, so that she understood every inquiry that was made, and nodded her head in confirmation or denial of all questions asked her (after four hours),



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