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Camphor, Herbal pain relief

This article discusses about natural Camphor based products to relieve aches and pains of muscles and joints.

Pain can be defined as follows :

1. A state of physical, emotional or mental lack of well being,
2. Mental uneasiness that ranges from mild discomfort, dull distress to acute often unbearable agony which may be    generalized or localized and is the consequence  of being injured or hurt physically or mentally.
3. Lack of equilibrium in the physical or mental function (as through diseases).

Pain can affect appetite, sleep and energy levels. Pain can also affect the mood and relationships with other people.

The pain-control-techniques along with medicines can help to lessen the suffering. One of these techniques is an application of pain relief oil externally.

In Rheumatism, joint pain is the main symptom. In most backaches, sprains and injury related pains, inflammation could be the main cause. Inflammation means a local response to cellular injury that is marked by capillary dilatation, redness, pain and swelling.

Natural camphor can be used topically to relieve pain. It gets absorbed through the skin, creating a cooling effect and acts as a mild local anesthetic. Natural camphor can be used externally to relieve Arthritic and Rheumatic pain, backaches, sprains etc. Natural camphor is a waxy, white or transparent solid substance with a strong aromatic smell. Camphor is readily absorbed through skin and produces a feeling of cooling similar to that of menthol.

Camphor is a resin obtained from the camphor tree. It is derived from the wood of Cinnamomum camphora tree. This tree is found in Asia, generally  cultivated in India, Egypt, Southern Europe and California.

Joint pain, Backaches, Neuralgia, Rheumatic pain, can be treated with camphor externally. It is an herbal counter-irritant and most often used as an analgesic. The physical pain associated with external bruises or sprains along with severe inflammation can be treated with camphor. The main chemical constituents of the volatile oil in camphor are a mixture of the compound safrole, compound eugenol, and terpineol. Camphor acts as an herbal irritant and antiseptic mainly due to the action of its volatile oil. In vitro studies were done to determine the  anti-inflammatory & antioxidative effects of cinnamomum camphora extracts.

•    Cinnamomum Camphora inhibits pro-inflammatory cytokines produced by LPS stimulation (LPS-lipopolysaccharide)
•    Cinnamomum Camphora extracts display free radical scavenging activities.

Camphor is used as a healing agent and forms an ingredient of most well known Ayurvedic oils. It has also been applied topically as an analgesic . It increases local blood flow. Ref: Camphor Monograph.

Poor circulation traps stagnant intracellular fluids in the joints and decreases the availability of nutrients needed for repair and  growth of healthy tissues. This can be aided by application of herbal oils containing natural camphor. Gentle massage of this type of oil provides soothing relief. One mechanism of action of camphor is that it specifically inhibits catecholamine secretion which is any of various substances as epinephrine, norepinephrine and dopamine neurotransmitters . Externally it acts as an anodyne.

Natural Camphor based oils are known to relieve pains related to joints, Arthritis, sciatica, sprain, backache etc. These oils are potent and have a higher efficacy to give relief in painful muscular-skeletal condition like lumbago, muscle trauma, sciatica, sprain, stiffness, swelling, pain and inflammation of joints. Hence, it is effective in Arthritis and Rheumatism. There is a herbal pain relief product in the market called Muscle & Joint Hrx that one should try.

By Veena Deo

Dr. Veena Deo is an expert Herbalist, a consultant and the author of this page. Please email any questions to [email protected]

All the information provided above and opinions expressed above should not be construed as medical advice. This information is provided for educational purposes only. Any statements made above have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Any products discussed above are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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