Camphor: benefits and risks of a widely used natural product

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Paolo Zuccarini
Giulio Soldani


The main aspects of the non-clinical profile of D-camphor, a natural product widely used as a common remedy for several symptoms, are reviewed. The pharmacodynamics and toxicity of this substance are analyzed, with regard to all the literature available, in order to assess a risk profile and better understand the positive and negative results connected with its use. The general conclusion is that the main risks of camphor as a medicinal product are mainly due to a somehow diffused attitude of considering it as “not a real medicine”, and to its consequent sometimes not sufficiently careful administration.


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Zuccarini, P. and Soldani, G. (2009) “Camphor: benefits and risks of a widely used natural product”, Acta Biologica Szegediensis, 53(2), pp. 77-82. Available at: (Accessed: 3December2020).