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Camphor

  • Jun-Ke Song
  • Li-Da Du
  • Gui-Fen Qiang
  • Guan-Hua DuEmail author
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Abstract

Camphor was recorded in many ancient books of traditional Chinese medicine. There has been a long history for traditional Chinese medicine to use camphor. The research and development process of camphor has gone through from the natural product extraction to the modern chemical drug synthesis. Camphor is mainly used for the treatment of pruritic skin diseases, fibrous tissue inflammation, neuralgia, and influenza. It is toxic to human. Overdose of camphor can cause irritability, drowsiness, muscle spasms, vomiting, convulsions, epilepsy, and other symptoms. Camphor has wide pharmacological activities, but its toxicity limits the clinical application.

Keywords

Camphor Pruritic skin diseases Pharmacological activities Toxicity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jun-Ke Song
    • 1
  • Li-Da Du
    • 2
  • Gui-Fen Qiang
    • 1
  • Guan-Hua Du
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Beijing Key Laboratory of Drug Targets Identification and Drug Screening, Centre for Pharmaceutical ScreeningInstitute of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical CollegeBeijingChina
  2. 2.School of Biomedical SciencesChinese University of Hong KongHong KongChina

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