Camphor Materia Medica


Camphor (powder, aqueous solution or stearoptene) has long been used in herbal medicine. In Persia (now Iran), camphor was used to protect against the plague. It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries and was mentioned by Marco Polo in the thirteenth century.

In Chinese medicine the stearoptene (the portion of an essential oil that separates out as a white, crystalline solid) extracted from branches, leaves and roots is the form most commonly used. The Chinese use camphor (which they call zhang nao) as an analgesic, anthelmintic, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, aphrodisiac, carminative, diaphoretic (stimulates sweating), expectorant, sedative remedy. They also use it to treat, loss of consciousness, coma, traumatic injuries, acute cardiac failure, respiratory failure, aching, decaying teeth, skin diseases and excessive foot perspiration.

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17 pages excerpted from Berkowsky’s Synthesis Materia Medica/Spiritualis of Essential Oils.

Spiritual PhytoEssencing Core Perspectives: plant characteristics and historical perspectives; herbal medicine and aromatherapy; homeopathic remedy Camphora; kidneys and astral body; Invasion of Cold; hysteria; Rabies miasm; Yesod.

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