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Arabic Name : Talisfar, Zarnab
Bengali Name : Birmi, Talish Patr, Bhada Getela
Chinese Name : Tzu shan
English Name : Yew, Common Yew, Chinwood
French Name : If commun
German Name : Eibe, Eife, Ibenbaum, Kantelbaum, Taxbaum, Ybe
Gujarati Name : Gethela Barmi
Hindi Name : Talispatr, Talis Patta
Kannada Name : Sthauneyak
Kashmiri Name : Badar, Budul
Latin name : Taxus baccata Linn.
Marathi Name : Sthauney Barmi
Persian Name : Zarnab
Punjabi Name : Birmi
Sanskrit Name : Mandhuparni, Talispatra, Sukapuspa
Urdu Name : Zarnab
Recommended Dosage: 1 to 3 g powder of dried leaves.
Contraindication: This herb is not recommended during pregnancy and lactation. Large doses (many times the recommended disage) may result in colic, dry mouth, hypotention, paleness, rash, syncopem vertigo and vomiting.
The leaves have anticancer, antiseptic, antispasmodic, cardiotonic, carminative, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, narcotic and purgative properties. It is the source of the anticancer alkaloid “Taxol® ”. Since 1971, Taxol® has been used as an antitumor drug in clinical trials run by the U.S. National Cancer Institute and has been hailed as one of the most significant advances in cancer chemotherapy in recent history. Since 1990, clinical trials using Taxol® have succeeded in treating advanced ovarian and breast cancers.
It is also used in treatment of asthma, bronchitis, rheumatism, high fever, indigestion, haemoptysis and epilepsy. In 1021, Avicenna, also known as Ibn Sina, introduced the medicinal use of Taxus baccata for phytotherapy in The Canon of Medicine . He named this herbal drug as “Zarnab” and used it as a cardiac remedy. It is the first known use of a calcium channel blocker drug.
Externally, used in the treatment of rheumatism.