Fixed Combinations of Camphor, Eucalyptus oil, and Purified Turpentine oil

Published July 14, 1993.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)

Name of Drug

Fixed combinations of camphor, eucalyptus oil, and purified turpentine oil.

Composition of Drug

Fixed combinations consisting of:

Camphor corresponding to publication of November 1, 1984 (B. Anz. p. 13326);
Eucalyptus oil corresponding to publication of July 21, 1986 (B. Anz. 177a of September 24, 1986, supplement);
Purified Turpentine oil corresponding to publication of May 6, 1985 (B. Anz. p. 4953);

as well as their preparations in effective dosage.

Pharmacological Properties, Pharmacokinetics, Toxicology

For preparations of camphor, eucalyptus oil and purified turpentine, hyperemization and secretolytic action is documented. In addition, eucalyptus oil acts as an expectorant and mild antispasmodic, purified turpentine as an antiseptic. Upon oral application, camphor acts also as an analeptic for the respiratory and circulatory systems, and as a bronchoantispasmodic. Pharmacological studies on the effectiveness of the fixed combinations are not available.

Clinical Data 1. Uses For inhalation and external:

Catarrhs of the respiratory tract. External:

Pain in the muscles and joints of non-inflammatory, rheumatic diseases. 2. Contraindications Hypersensitivity to essential oils.

Inhalation:

Acute pneumonia. External:

Injured skin (burns). For infants and small children, camphor and eucalyptus preparations should not be used in the facial area, especially around the nose. 3. Side Effects Contact eczema is possible. External use on large surfaces could cause symptoms of poisoning (damage to kidneys and central nervous system).

Note: If used other than officially recommended (oral intake), nausea, vomiting and diarrhea may result.

4. Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.

5. Dosage

Unless otherwise prescribed:

The individual combination partners must be present at a concentration of 30 - 50 percent of the daily dosage specified in the respective monographs.

Sufficient data are not available concerning the dosage of this combination for infants and small children.

6. Mode of Administration

Internal:

For inhalation, use several drops in hot water and inhale the steam. External:

For colds, rub semi-solid and liquid preparations onto chest and back. For muscle and joint pains, apply semi-solid and liquid preparations to the affected areas.