Cinnamomum camphora (L.) J. Presl.
Botanical Name: Cinnamomum camphora (L.) J. Presl.
Synonym: Laurus camphora L.
Species: C. camphora
Sindhi Name: Kaphoor ji tikki
Local Name: Kaphoor
English Name: Camphor tree
Part Used: Leaves, flowers, and stem
Cinnamomum camphora (L.) J. Presl. is a tall and evergreen tree, with 30 m height, and 1.5-2.5 m girth. Bark is aromatic, rough from inside, and smooth from outside. Wood is yellowish-brown and strongly aromatic. Leaves are coriaceous, glaucous, aromatic, usually 3-veined, and 5-10 cm long. Flowers are small, unisexual, and yellow in color. Female flowers are usually larger than males. Fruit is globose, ovoid, and seated on more or less enlarged perianth. All parts of the plants possess special odour.1, 3
C. camphora is native to Japan, China, Ryukas, Veitnam, and Taiwan. It is also planted in gardens up to 1219 m in north western Himalayas.1, 2, 3
Ethnomedicinal Uses in Skin Diseases:
C. camphora is mixed with mustard oil and applied topically once daily for the treatment of scabies in District Thatta (Sindh).
Stem and leaves of C. camphora contain an essential oil consisting of camphor. It also contains D-α-pinene, cineole, terpineol, caryophyllin, safrole, limonene, linalool, phellandrene, carvacrol, camphene, and azulene.1, 5, 6
Medicinal Uses and Pharmacology/Scientific studies:
C. camphora is sedative, anodyne, antiseptic, diaphoretic, anthelmintic, and carminative. Vapors of decoction are inhaled in cough and cold. A liniment, prepared by dissolving one part of camphor in four parts of olive oil, is used externally for the treatment of muscular strains and rheumatism. It also exhibited anti-inflammatory property.1 Camphor tree efficiently treats fever, gout, rheumatic fever, and carbuncles.2 It is also very useful for the treatment of bronchitis and pneumonia.4 It exhibited insecticidal, antimicrobial, antioxidant, and antibacterial activities.6,7,8,9
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- Chen, H. P., Yang, K., You, C. X., Lei, N., Sun, R. Q., Geng, Z. F., and Deng, Z. W. (2014). Chemical constituents and insecticidal activities of the essential oil of Cinnamomum camphora leaves against Lasioderma serricorne. Journal of Chemistry, 2014(id:963729), 1–5.
- Pragadheesh, V. S., Saroj, A., Yadav, A., Chanotiya, C. S., Alam, M., and Samad, A. (2013). Chemical characterization and antifungal activity of Cinnamomum camphora essential oil. Industrial Crops and Products, 49(2013), 628–633.
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- Jianyu, Su., Chen, J., Liao, S., Lin L., Zhu, L., and Chen, L. (2012). Composition and biological activities of the essential oil extracted from a novel plant of Cinnamom camphora Chvar. Journal of Medicinal Plants Research. 6(18), 3487-3494.