Foreign. Arabic, Camfur. The concrete juice of the Camphora Officinarum.

As a medicine, it is diaphoretic, antiseptic, stimulant, antispasmodic, narcotic, and externally, anodyne. It is good in typhus, confluent small-pox, and all fevers and eruptions, of the typhoid class; also in measles, febrile delirium, hiccup, asthma, hysteria, epilepsy, gout, melancholy, and acute rheumatism. But it must never be taken in large doses.

Camphor exhilarates and raises the pulse with producing fever, it promotes perspiration, and promotes sleep, even where opium has failed. It corrects the effects of strong purges, diuretics, and narcotics.

Dose, from 5 to 20 grains, in pills, powder, or emulsions. Camphor Mixture, dose from 1 to 2 ounces, made by simply putting a lump of the gum in cold water, and let it stand for a few hours; or previously dissolve the camphor in spirits of wine.

Camphor, Tincture of—Camphor: An ounce, or 1 ounce; spirits of wine, half-pint, mix till the Camphor is dissolved. An external application of great value in rheumatism, para­lytic numbness, inflammations, for dispersing tumours, preventing or restraining gangrenes. Not to be taken internally. The Camphor may also be dissolved in a little spirit of wine, and then mixed with oil—this is called, Camphorated Oil.
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