CAMPHORA OFFICINALIS Camphora Officinalis (Camphor)


Hahnemann says, “The action of this substance is very puzzling and difficult even in the healthy organism because its primary action often alternates and mixes with the vital reactions (after effects) of the organism. Thus, it is often hard to distinguish what belongs to the body’s vital reactions and what to the primary action of Camphor.”

Camphor depicts a state of collapse, characterized by icy coldness of the whole body, sudden loss of strength, and a small, weak pulse. After surgery, if the temperature is subnormal and blood pressure is low, three doses of Camph. 1x, at 15-minute intervals, can be administered. This remedy is well-known in treating cholera. It is also used in the early stages of a cold with chilliness and sneezing, extreme restlessness, and epileptiform convulsions. Camphor directly affects muscles and fascia and is necessary for local rheumatic conditions in cold climates. It causes vein distention and is an effective heart stimulant in emergencies. Drop doses on sugar can be taken as frequently as every five minutes.

A notable characteristic of Camph. is that the patient will not want to be covered despite the body’s icy coldness. It is a main remedy for shock and provides pain relief while thinking about it. Patients are very sensitive to cold and touch. It helps with sequelae of measles, violent convulsions, hysterical excitement, tetanic spasms, and conditions in scrofulous children and irritable, weak blondes.

Head: Vertigo, tendency to unconsciousness, feeling as if he would die. Influenza; headache with catarrhal symptoms, sneezing, etc. Beating pain in the cerebellum. Cold sweat. Nose cold and pinched. Tongue cold, flabby, trembling. Fleeting stitches in the temporal region and orbits. Head sore. Occipital throbbing, synchronous with the pulse.

Eyes: Fixed, staring; pupils dilated. Sensation as if all objects were too bright and glittering (delusion).

Nose: Stopped; sneezing. Fluent coryza on sudden change of weather. Persistent epistaxis, especially with goose flesh state of skin.

Face: Pale, haggard, anxious, distorted; bluish, cold. Cold sweat.

Stomach: Pressive pain in the pit of the stomach. Coldness, followed by burning.

Stool: Blackish; involuntary. Asiatic cholera with cramps in the calves, coldness of the body, anguish, great weakness, collapse, tongue, and mouth cold.

Urinary: Burning and strangury with tenesmus of the neck of the bladder. Retention with full bladder.

Male: Increased desire. Chordee. Priapism. Nocturnal emissions.

Respiratory: Precordial distress. Suffocative dyspnea. Asthma. Violent, dry, hacking cough. Palpitations. Cold breath. Suspended respiration.

Extremities: Rheumatic pain between shoulders. Difficulty in motion. Numbness, tingling, and coldness. Cracking in joints. Cramps in calves. Icy cold feet, ache as if sprained.

Sleep: Insomnia, with cold limbs. Extreme restlessness.

Fever: Small, weak, slow pulse. Icy coldness of the whole body. Cold perspiration. Congestive chill. Tongue cold, flabby, trembling.

Skin: Cold, pale, blue (cyanosed), livid. Cannot bear to be covered (Sec.).

Modalities: Worse with motion, at night, contact, cold air. Better with warmth.

Relationship: Camph. antidotes or modifies the action of nearly every vegetable medicine—tobacco, opium, worm medicines, etc. Luffa actangula (entire body ice cold with restlessness and anxiety; burning thirst). Camphoricum acidum (a prophylactic against catheter fever, cystitis; 15 grains, three times a day; also for prevention of night sweats).

Incompatible: Kali-n.

Complementary: Canth.

Antidotes: Op., Nit-s-d., Phos.

Compare: Carb-v., Cupr., Ars., Verat.

Dose: Tincture, in drop doses, repeated frequently, or smelling of spirits of Camph. Potencies are equally effective.CAMPHORA OFFICINALIS


Head Symptoms:

  • Vertigo with a tendency to unconsciousness
  • Feeling as if the individual would die
  • Headache with catarrhal symptoms (sneezing, etc.)
  • Beating pain in the cerebellum
  • Cold sweat
  • Cold and pinched nose
  • Cold, flabby, trembling tongue
  • Fleeting stitches in the temporal region and orbits
  • Soreness in the head
  • Throbbing in the occipital region synchronous with the pulse

Eyes Symptoms:

  • Fixed, staring appearance
  • Dilated pupils
  • Sensation as if all objects were too bright and glittering (delusion)

Nose Symptoms:

  • Stopped or congested nose
  • Sneezing
  • Fluent coryza on sudden change of weather
  • Cold and pinched nose
  • Persistent epistaxis (nosebleeds)

Face Symptoms:

  • Pale, haggard, anxious, or distorted appearance
  • Bluish, cold complexion
  • Cold sweats

Stomach Symptoms:

  • Pressive pain in the pit of the stomach
  • Sensation of coldness followed by burning

Stool Symptoms:

  • Blackish stools
  • Involuntary stools
  • Associated with Asiatic cholera symptoms

Urinary Symptoms:

  • Burning and strangury (painful, frequent urination with difficulty)
  • Tenesmus of the neck of the bladder
  • Retention of urine with a full bladder

Male Symptoms:

  • Increased desire
  • Chordee (painful erection)
  • Priapism (prolonged erection)
  • Nocturnal emissions

Respiratory Symptoms:

  • Precordial distress
  • Suffocative dyspnea (difficulty breathing)
  • Asthma
  • Violent, dry, hacking cough
  • Palpitations
  • Cold breath
  • Suspended respiration

Extremities Symptoms:

  • Rheumatic pain between the shoulders
  • Difficulty in motion
  • Numbness, tingling, and coldness
  • Cracking in the joints
  • Cramps in the calves
  • Icy cold feet with a sensation of ache as if sprained

Sleep Symptoms:

  • Insomnia with cold limbs
  • Subsultus (startling movements)
  • Extreme restlessness

Fever Symptoms:

  • Small, weak, slow pulse
  • Icy coldness of the whole body
  • Cold perspiration
  • Congestive chill
  • Cold, flabby, trembling tongue

Skin Symptoms:

  • Cold, pale, blue (cyanosed), and livid complexion
  • Aversion to being covered despite coldness of the body

Modalities Symptoms:

  • Worse with motion, at night, with contact, and in cold air
  • Better with warmth

selection of the potency

  1. Individualization:

    • Homeopathy is based on the principle of treating the individual, not just the disease. The unique symptoms and characteristics of the person are crucial in determining the most suitable potency.
  2. Intensity of Symptoms:

    • The intensity of the symptoms guides the choice of potency. If the symptoms are intense and acute, a lower potency (e.g., 6C, 30C) might be considered. For chronic conditions with less intensity, higher potencies (e.g., 200C, 1M) may be appropriate.
  3. Sensitivity of the Patient:

    • Some individuals are more sensitive to homeopathic remedies, while others may require higher potencies. The practitioner considers the patient’s sensitivity when selecting the potency.
  4. Acute vs. Chronic Conditions:

    • Lower potencies are often used for acute conditions, while higher potencies may be considered for chronic or long-standing issues.
  5. Previous Response to Potencies:

    • The patient’s response to previous homeopathic treatments helps guide the choice of potency. If a particular potency has been effective in the past, it may be repeated or adjusted as needed.
  6. Vital Force and Susceptibility:

    • Homeopathy views illness as a disturbance in the vital force. The practitioner assesses the patient’s overall vitality and susceptibility to determine the appropriate potency.
  7. Aggravation or Amelioration:

    • The direction of the symptom response (aggravation or amelioration) after taking a remedy can influence the choice of potency.
  8. Miasmatic Considerations:

    • In classical homeopathy, the concept of miasms (inherited disease tendencies) is considered. The practitioner take this into account when selecting the potency.
  9. Practitioner Experience:

    • The experience and preference of the homeopathic practitioner play a role. Some practitioners may have success with certain potencies based on their clinical experience.


  • Do not exceed the recommended dose by physician
  • Keep out of the reach of children
  • Store in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight
  • Maintain half an hour gap between food/drink/any other medicines and homoeopathic medicine
  • Avoid any strong smell in the mouth while taking medicine e.g. camphor, garlic, onion, coffee, hing

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