Ethnomedical Properties of Taxus Wallichiana Zucc. (Himalayan Yew)

Deepak Juyal, Vijay Thawani, Shweta Thaledi, Manoj Joshi

Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine

Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine Vo1. 4, No. 3, pp. 159-161

Abstract

Taxus wallichiana Zucc., known as Himalayan yew, belongs to the family Taxaceae. It is a medium-sized, temperate, Himalayan forest tree of medicinal importance. In India, this evergreen tree is found at altitudes between 1800 and 3300 m above mean sea level (MSL). It has been used by the native populations for treating common cold, cough, fever, and pain. Its uses are described in Ayurveda and Unani medicine. It received attention recently as its leaves and bark were found to be the prime source of taxol, a potent anticancer drug. It possesses many other biological activities also. We focus on its importance in traditional medicine for its multiple medicinal properties.

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Key words: Anticancer, Taxol, Traditional medicine

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