Yellow Dock Medicinal Uses are many. Yellow Doc, Rumex crispus, is a sturdy perennial flowering plant in the buckwheat family, Polygonaceae, that grows about 40 – 120 cm tall. Other common names of the plants are curly dock, curled dock, narrow dock, sour dock, rumex, yellow dock, Chin-ch’iao-mai, garden patience, parell and patience. Yellow dock is an herb. The leaf stalks are used in salads and the yellow roots and rhizomes are used medicinally.
Yellow Dock Medicinal Uses Overview
Yellow dock is considered to be one of the best herbs for the entire digestive system. The taproot is rich in anthraquinone, which has a laxative action. It contains biochelated iron, which can be readily absorbed. It is helpful for anemia, fatigue, and PMS or other hormonal imbalances.
Both its laxative and diuretic properties make this herb a natural cleanser. The toxins are flushed out of the system through the urine and stool. Yellow dock has been used to cleanse the circulatory system, liver, spleen, kidneys, and bladder.
Yellow dock is used for pain and swelling (inflammation) of nasal passages and the respiratory tract. It is also used to treat bacterial infections and sexually transmitted diseases. Some people use yellow dock as a toothpaste.
Historically, yellow dock has been used for skin diseases, skin inflammation (dermatitis), rashes, a vitamin deficiency called scurvy, obstructive jaundice, and psoriasis with constipation.
- Poor digestion – Stimulant laxative effect to relieve constipation
- Throat Infections – Helps with relieving dry cough, sore throat and laryngitis.
- Intestinal infections – Remedy against internal parasites – tapeworm and roundworm
- Helps in the treatment of Arthritis, Jaundice, Fungal Infections and vascular disorders.
- Skin conditions – With naturally astringent properties, Yellow Dock can be applied topically to alleviate swelling, bruising, rashes, sores, fungal infections, insect bites, acne and eczema.
- Liver detox – Regular consumption of this herb will stimulate the detoxification process in liver and boost the production of bile.
Yellow dock should not be used by people with kidney disease, liver disease, or an electrolyte abnormality.
Yellow Dock Herbal Preparations and Uses
Parts Used: Roots, leaves, and seeds. The root is dug up in autumn, chopped and then dehydrated for storage. The part most used medicinally is the bitter root, though the leaves can also have a mild laxative effect.
- Poultice – .Steam the soft leaves and place them directly on the affected area.
- Syrups – For natural relief of upper respiratory disorders.
Yellow Dock Herbal Recipes
- 1 tbsp yellow dock root
- 1 tbsp oatstraw
- 1 tbsp rosehips (deseeded)
- 1 tbsp hibiscus (crumbled)
- 1 tbsp tulsi (holy basil)
- ½-1 tsp licorice root powder (depending on how sweet you like your tea)
- 2 cups just-boiled water.
Pour water over the herbs, cover and allow to steep for about 20 minutes. Strain and sip throughout the day.
- 6 cups water divided
- 3 Tablespoons yellow dock root
- 2 Tablespoons burdock root, ground to a powder (optional)
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- raw honey or stevia, to taste
Boil 4 cups water, yellow dock and vanilla for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat, stir in burdock and cover. Allow the brew to steep for 30 to 60 minutes. Add remaining 2 cups water and reheat to serve. Pour through a strainer. Sweeten to taste with honey or stevia.
Yellow Dock Syrup (For natural relief of upper respiratory disorders)
- Take about 8 ounces of minced, dried yellow dock root and simmer it in a quart of spring water, over low heat, until there is only about a pint of fluid left.
- Strain the liquid, which should be dark brown and rich-smelling, and mix it with an equal part by volume of raw honey (e.g. two cups of fluid, mix with two cups of honey).
- The syrup will keep indefinitely if refrigerated.
Yellow Dock Poultice
Steam the soft leaves and place them directly on the affected area.
Information is for educational and informational purposes only and may not be construed as medical advice. The information is not intended to replace medical advice or treatment offered by healthcare professionals.