Karpur (Camphor)


Karpur Scientific Name

Cinnamomum camphora

Karpur Other Names

English: Camphore tree, Camphir Laurel
Hindi: Karpur, Karpuram
Chinese: Xiang-Zhang, Zhang-Shu
French: Camphrier, Camphre, Baume Anglais
German: KampferBaum
Italian: Canfora, Confora
Spanish: Alcanfor, Alcanforero
Swedish: Kamfertraed
Sanskrit: Karpura

What is Karpur?

Camphor also known as Karpur, is obtained from the wood of the Camphor plant. It is white crystalline substance which has a strong odor. It is sublime in nature and loses volume when exposed to air for a long time. According to Ayurveda, burning camphor in home kills the germs and purifies the hair. It acts as a natural insecticide.
Camphor is a rare herb. It is cooling in nature and helps to balance kapha dosha and helps in reducing fat and cholesterol level. It is one of a kind herb that has serious side-effects if consumed in excess and hence should be consumed under medical supervision only.

Common forms of Karpur

Powder, Granules, Oil, Tablets that sublime

Karpur is commonly used for:

  • Treating cough and congestion
  • Treating indigestion
  • Managing obesity and promoting weight loss
  • Reducing burning sensation of eyes and skin
  • Reducing thirst and dryness of mouth
  • Stimulating healthy pancreatic function that indirectly helps in managing diabetes

Karpur Dosage

Powder: 1 pinch once or twice daily
Oil: 5-10 drops
Granules: As prescribed by the doctor

Karpur Side-effects and Warnings

Common side-effects: Excessive intake or overdose is found to cause confusion, dizziness, restlessness, nausea, seizures etc.
Not so common side-effects: Not known.
Pregnant and Nursing Mothers: Avoid.
Children: Not known.
Oral consumption can damage the liver or cause epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease.

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