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YEW
Pacific Yew, Vital Yew

(Taxus Brevifolia)




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  • Yew Description
  • Yew Uses, Health Benefits & Scientific Evidence
  • Yew Dosage Information
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    YEW HERBAL DESCRIPTION

    For hundreds of years, the Native Americans called the Yew tree the "Chief of the Forest." In its natural form, they used it for treating colds, viral bacterial, and fungal infections, flu, rheumatism, sciatica, kidney problems, lung problems, and more. Pacific Yew is known to contain taxol, which has been found to be very effective in treating and preventing ovarian and breast cancers, and possibly other cancers; therefore, the Yew tree is an incredibly powerful plant that has become the "gold standard" of cancer treatments in the United States.




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    YEW USES, HEALTH BENEFITS, SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE

    Scientific studies have shown that taxol prevents the breakdown of cell microtubules, which consequently prevents cell division. In addition to its anticancer properties, Yew provides support for the immune system, lungs, sinuses, breathing, and cellular function. It can be used externally as a salve for cuts, scrapes and skin irritations.

    At one point in time the Pacific Yew was fairly unknown and held little to no significance in the medical field. That all changed when it was discovered that the bark of the tree held a compound that inhibits the growth of various cancerous tumors. This compound was called Taxol and became an official anti-cancer drug in 1992 under Bristol-Myers Squibb.

    The story of Taxol starts in the 1960s when the National Cancer Institute’s search for compounds with anti-cancer properties was well underway. The NCI had several people roaming the countryside taking samples of different plants that were sent back to labs in order to test them for these special properties. In August of 1962, along with three assisting students, Arthur Barclay took samples of the Pacific Yew in a forest outside of a small town in Oregon. The sample including twigs, leaves and fruit was sent to the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation for testing. On May 22, 1964 it was found that the extract from the stem bark of the tree was active against the KB cell line. In 1971 it was found that Taxol was the compound that was responsible for the anti-cancer properties. During the 1990’s, it was being found that Taxol was an effective inhibitor of the growth of some cancers including ovarian cancer and carcinosarcoma.

    Initially, it was expected that the collection of bark from the trees would create publicity and help the economy of the areas in which the trees are found. It was thought that this would aid in the conservation of these areas as well. For awhile, there was quite a political uproar about the conservations of the old-growth forests where the Pacific Yew is found. With all of the political turmoil, Bristol-Myers Squibb decided to go elsewhere for their supply of Taxus brevifolia bark. There have also been attempts to create a synthetic Taxol but, as of today, they have all been unsuccess





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    YEW DOSAGE INFORMATION

    It is important to consult with a health care practitioner before using Yew for the treatment of your condition.




    YEW SAFETY, CAUTIONS, & INTERACTION INFORMATION

    Yew can be very poisonous. Do not try to medicate yourself with Yew without first consulting your health care provider. Do not use if you are pregnant or nursing, or if you have severe kidney or liver problems. Not for use by children.




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