Yellow Dock

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Biological Name: Rumex crispusYellow Dock

Family: Polygonaceae

Other Names: Sour Dock, Rumex, Yellow Dock; Garden Patience; Curled Dock; Narrow Dock; Curly Dock;

Elements Applied: Root is commonly applied in herbal medicine

Active Components:

  • Anthraquinone glycosides, nearly 3-4%, like nepodin, and other elements formed from chrysophanol, emodin and physcion;
  • Other: oxalates, rumicin, and tannins.

History: Yellow dock has been applied for digestive problems since time immemorial. Due to its alterative effect the herb takes a positive action on the liver and the entire digestive tract. For this reason, this plant may be successfully applied to relieve skin diseases, which are associated with excess toxic content in the body, resulting from poor diet or liver disorders.

Used For: The herb is known to enhance metabolism, treat constipation, induce liver activity, promote bile production, purify the bowels, treat diarrhea, scurvy, and act as a detergent.

It may be also applied in skin diseases and indigestion.

Yellow Dock is a popular remedy for recurrent skin conditions, like psoriasis. Anthraquinones, found in the plant, are responsible for the laxative effect it produces on the intestines; still, Yellow Dock is characterized by mild effect. Consequently, it may be used in uncomplicated cases of constipation, but, in general, works as a stimulant triggering the intestine muscles. Inducing bile movement, the herb also acts as a blood purifying agent. Triggering gallbladder functionality Yellow Dock can be helpful in treating jaundice, associated with congestion.

Conventional homeopathists prescribe the herb for coughs, linked with feeling of praecordial fullness and dyspnoea; nervous dyspepsia, accompanied by pains, occurring in the left side of the chest and epigastric fullness; reccurent sore throat, accompanied by enlarged glands and hypersecretion; dry and severe coughs, occurring in summer; dry cough occurring in the area of trachea and larynx; weak recuperative ability; low deposits in cellular tissues and glands, and inclination to indolent sores, bubonic swellings; blood, enriched by toxins, and skin conditions.

Commonly mixed with: The herb is well mixed with Cleavers, Burdock, and Dandelion.

Preparation and Intake: To prepare a decoction, take 1-2 teaspoons of root extract for 200 ml of water, boil it up and leave on low heat for ten to fifteen minutes. The result is consumed thrice per day. In form of ticnture the herb is taken at a dose of 1-4 ml thrice per day.

Safety: Although several cases of mild diarrhea have been reported, yellow dock is generally considered safe.

There is no further data concerning the plant’s safety level. It is possible that the herb interacts with the medicine you use. Speak to your health-care provider before using the remedy.