The multiple medicinal uses of larch, yew and yours

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We are all familiar with the therapeutic virtues of fir, pine, cedar or juniper. Less known are the medicinal uses of some other conifers, generally praised for their ornamental value, such as the beautiful larches, the yew and yours.



Larch (Larix decidua)

Due to its expectorant and astringent properties, a tincture made from its bark was traditionally used in the treatment of chronic bronchitis and internal hemorrhages. It is also known that larch has antiseptic and diuretic properties, which makes it effective to treat urinary tract infections. Some species contain arabinogalactan, a compound that has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects.

Yew (Taxus baccata)

Its leaves are highly toxic, due to the taxin alkaloids and taxicatine glucoside; That is why today they are rarely used, and with great precautions. Traditionally, yew was used, in small doses, to treat rheumatism, epilepsy and other disorders of the nervous system, tonsillitis and diphtheria. In Japan, it was widely used to treat diabetes. In some parts of the world, yew was also used in cases of intestinal worms and typhoid fever. Recent studies have revealed that yew bark contains paclitaxel, a drug used in the treatment of several types of cancer, including: ovarian cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer and pancreatic cancer.


Thuja occidentalis

Its leaves contain tannins and tuyones and have expectorant, emenagogue, diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is used mainly in the treatment of rheumatism, condylomata, polyps, epitheliomas, adenopathies, neurosis, but also in cases of cystitis, prostatic hypertrophy, urinary incontinence, intestinal worms and cancer.

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Thuja orientalis

Its chemical composition is almost similar to that of Thuja occidentalis: lignan, caryophyllene, pinene, pinipicrin (with analgesic and vasoconstrictive action), quercetin, tannins and thujone. Its leaves have antipyretic, astringent, diuretic and emenagogue properties, and are used to treat colds, dysmenorrhea, menometrorrhagia, epistaxis, hematemesis, hematuria, gastric ulcer, duodenal ulcer, ulcerative colitis and gonorrhea. The young leaves are indicated for the treatment of cough, rheumatism, dysentery and skin parasites. The seeds have sedative properties and are used in cases of insomnia, neurasthenia and tachycardia. Traditionally, seeds were also used for amnesia, anxiety, asthma, bronchitis, seizures, etc. The bark of the root was used for burns and scars.

Preparation and administration

Infusion: Add 10 g of dried plant in 500 ml of warm boiled water and let stand for 20-30 minutes. Drink 2-3 cups a day. Decoction: Add 10 g of dried plant in 500 ml of water and boil for 5 minutes. Drink 2-3 cups a day. Tincture: Add 20 g of dried plant in 100 ml of 40% alcohol and let them marinate for 10-20 days. Take 20-40 drops a day in a glass of water.

The multiple medicinal uses of Larch, Yew and Thuja, published for the first time on Friday, February 6, 2015 at

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