Arbre Sacré des Druides, Chinwood, Common Yew, English Yew, Himalayan Yew, If, If à Baies, If Commun, If de l’Himalaya, If de l’Ouest, Ifreteau, Pacific Yew, Taleespatra, Talispatra, Taxus baccata, Taxus brevifolia, Tejo, Western Yew.
Yew is a tree. People use the bark, branch tips, and needles to make medicine.
Despite serious safety concerns, yew is used for treating diphtheria, tapeworms, swollen tonsils (tonsillitis), seizures (epilepsy), muscle and joint pain (rheumatism), urinary tract conditions, and liver conditions. Women use it for starting menstruation and causing abortions.
Pharmaceutical companies make paclitaxel (Taxol), a prescription drug for the treatment of breast and ovarian cancer, from the bark of the yew tree. They extract paclitaxel, leaving the poisonous chemicals in yew behind.
Yew might affect various parts of the body including nerves, the heart, and muscles.
Insufficient Evidence for:
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of yew for these uses.
Yew is UNSAFE for people. All parts of the yew plant are considered poisonous. Yew can cause severe stomach problems and can cause the heart rate to slow down dangerously. Signs of poisoning might include nausea, dry mouth, vomiting, stomach pain, dizziness, weakness, nervousness, heart problems, and many others. Death has occurred after taking 50-100 grams of yew needles.
Special Precautions & Warnings:
It is UNSAFE for anyone to take yew, but some people have extra reasons not to use it:
Children: Swallowing one berry can be fatal in a child.
We currently have no information for YEW Interactions.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Some women have taken yew needles to cause an abortion. The needles can poison the mother.