Health Benefits of Camphor

By:Bhadra Kamalasanan, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Mar 21, 2014

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Camphor is a medicine that has been known for its amazing health benefits since time immemorial. Here are some of these benefits of this crystal white substance.
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    Knowing Camphor

    Camphor is a white, crystalline substance that is often used in Indian homes during religious ceremonies. Little do we know that it can be consumed to derive its many health benefits. Read on to know the different health benefits of camphor to stay healthy.

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    Treats Cold

    The distinct odour of the camphor helps ease nasal congestions and trigger an open and smooth airflow. Those people who suffer from frequent coughing can use camphor to seek relief.

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    Soothes Inflammation

    Camphor has immense anti-inflammatory properties, which make it an amazing ingredient in pain ointments and oils. Applying camphor oil on a wound can help to heal it faster and reduce the swelling. Some of the common skin problems that can be treated with camphor include acne or pimples.

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    Enhances Blood Circulation

    Camphor works effectively in stimulating and improving blood circulation throughout the body. And, this improved blood circulation ensures that the heart stays healthy and the body keeps fit.

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    Provides Immediate Relief from Spasms

    Camphor is an effective anti-spasmodic, which means that it helps a person experiencing spasms to get instant relief upon application. Turns out, camphor is effective in curing even the most extreme form of spasmoci cholera.

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    Stimulates Hormones

    Camphor works as an efficient hormone stimulator that helps in increasing libido as well as sex drive. Those men who suffer from erectile dysfunction can apply camphor externally. This will stimulate the nerves and allow adequate amount of blood circulation in the area.

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    Treats Digestive Problems

    People who tend to have gas problems more frequently can get relief after consuming camphor. It brings relief by preventing the formation of gas in the first place. Camphor can also help one in preventing or treating digestive problems like diarhoea or gastroenteritis.

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    Reduces Severity of Osteoarthritis

    There is enough evidence to prove that the severity of osteoarthritis symptoms reduce by about half when one applies to the skin and over the stiff joints. Researchers firmly believe it is the camphor that does the trick and not the other ingredients that make up a pain ointment.

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    Clears the Air Passage

    Camphor clears air passage like lungs, nasal and bronchus. Camphor ointment when applied on the chest or on any part of the body gives a cooling effect and is therefore, amazing to use in summer. It is a wonderful decongestant because of the strong aroma that it has.


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    Treats Nerve Disorders

    Research done over the years shows that camphor is an effective treatment for nervous disorders, convulsions, epilepsy and muscular contraction. It is also great in keeping the skin clean. Patients who suffer from such conditions must always consult the doctor before consumption because an excess of it can be counter-productive.

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    Boosts Libido

    Camphor is an aphrodisiac that when consumed, boosts one's libido by arousing those parts of the brain that are responsible for sexual urges and desires. Even external application of camphor can give promising results.


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