- What other names is Yew known by?
- What is Yew?
- How does Yew work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Yew.
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.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Menstrual disorders.
- Swollen tonsils.
- Epilepsy (seizures).
- Kidney problems.
- Liver problems.
- Other conditions.
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 LIKELY UNSAFE for anyone to take yew, but some people have extra reasons not to use it:
Children: It is UNSAFE for children to eat the berries or needles of yew. Swallowing one berry can be fatal in a child. Eating the berries or needles can cause the heart to beat dangerously slow or fast.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It is UNSAFE for women who are pregnant or breast-feeding to take yew. Yew needles might cause an abortion. Also, taking the needles can poison the mother.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
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