Western Yew - Taxus Brevifolia

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This Western Yew (Taxus brevifolia) monograph is an excerpt from the 1999, first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA.

Yew, western - Taxus brevifolia in the Taxaceae or Yew family

Part used: Scales, best used as a tea.

Taste/smell: Bitter.

Tendencies: Cooling.

Dosage: Infusion: 1 teaspoon per cup of water 2-5 times per day.

Use: (a) Anticarcinogenic.

Yew supports the natural body processes while rejecting cancer-causing processes. The Western Yew is most known for the diterpene constituent of yew, called paclitaxel which when extracted from the plant prevents cancer cells from replicating. Ovarian and breast cancers are most sensitive to paclitaxel. Leukemias, melanomas, carcinomas of the lung, kidney, ovary, colon, central nervous system, pancreas and hepatocellular system have proven to be sensitive to the action of paclitaxel.

Contraindications: It may cause gastrointestinal irritation that can be alleviated by consuming less herb. Since yew does not have extensive traditional use like most cancer herbs and its usage is primarily based on research regarding one constituent, caution should be undertaken regarding its efficacy and safety.

If you are looking for directions on making teas or tinctures, please see our "Making Herbal Products" page.

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