A large number of chemical constituents have been reported from the Himalayan yew [Taxus baccata (Linn) or T. wallichiana (Zucc)]. These constituents are mainly taxoids and phenolics. Taxol, a lead anticancer agent, is the most important constituent. Other compounds have also been found to possess interesting biological properties. The literature concerning the chemistry and bioactivity of the constituents of the Himalayan yew has been briefly reviewed.
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