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Camphor is a non-scientific common name that may refer to a number of plant species and varieties.


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Historical Use of Camphor

Camphor in Traditional Chinese Medicine


Historical Use of Camphor in Western Medicine

Quote Paraph: "Paracelsus described a number of different way of preparing the oils of his vitriol and believed that these oils alone were sufficient to cure epilepsy. However he stated that other ingredients could be added to them, including camphor, coral and peony."
Sec Auth: Eadie MJ and Bladin PF
Title: A Disease Once Sacred. John Libbey & Company Ltd, 2001
Page: 184
Source: A Disease Once Sacred, John Libbey & Company Ltd, 2001, M.J. Eadie and P.F. Bladin
Complete: Eadie MJ, Bladin PF. A disease once sacred: a history of the medical understanding of epilepsy. Eastleigh: John Libbey; 2001. p. 184.
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Synonymns for Camphor

Patent Medicines and Medicines with Multiple Ingredients that include Camphor

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Chemical Constituents

Evidence or the Use of Camphor in the Treatment of Epilepesy

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Animal Studies

Cohort, Case-Control and Non-Randomized Trials

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Tyler A Bahr, Damian Rodriguez, Cody Beaumont, Kathryn Allred
The Effects of Various Essential Oils on Epilepsy and Acute Seizure: A Systematic Review.
Evid Based Complement Alternat Med: 2019, 2019;6216745
[PubMed:31239862] [] [DOI] (P e)

Krystyna Skalicka-Woźniak, Magdalena Walasek, Tariq M Aljarba, Paul Stapleton, Simon Gibbons, Jianbo Xiao, Jarogniew J Łuszczki
The anticonvulsant and anti-plasmid conjugation potential of Thymus vulgaris chemistry: An in vivo murine and in vitro study.
Food Chem. Toxicol.: 2018, 120;472-478
[PubMed:30055314] [] [DOI] (I p)

Uwe-Jens Gerhard, Anke Schönberg
[The origin of a differentiated neuropsychopharmacotherapy for children and adolescents: an analysis of psycho- and neuropharmacology in the 1940s and 50s]. [Die Anfänge einer differenzierten Neuropsychopharmakotherapie bei Kindern und Jugendlichen. Untersuchung zur Psycho- und Neuropharmakologie in den 40er und 50er Jahren des vorigen Jahrhunderts.]
Z Kinder Jugendpsychiatr Psychother: 2016, 44(4);285-94
[PubMed:27058833] [] [DOI] (P p)

Jafar Vatanparast, Fatemeh Andalib-Lari
Camphor elicits epileptiform discharges in snail neurons: The role of ion channels modulation.
Neurotoxicology: 2017, 60;299-307
[PubMed:26719123] [] [DOI] (I p)

Theodore G MacKinney, Kamal Raj Soti, Poojan Shrestha, Buddha Basnyat
Camphor: an herbal medicine causing grand mal seizures.
BMJ Case Rep: 2015, 2015;
[PubMed:26065546] [] [DOI] (I e)



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