Herbs - Yellow Dock

Print
Copyright © 2009-2016 My Best Remedies • www.mybestremedies.com

Article Index
Herbs - Yellow Dock
- Ailments / Situations Where Used
- Source
- Preparations
- Contraindications / Precautions / Warnings
- Ailment / Situation Listing
All Pages

 

Yellow Dock, Seeding Yellow Dock, Seeding

Latin Name: Rumex crispus

Family: Polygonaceae

 
Description

This widespread weed can be found throughout North America and Europe where it grows up to 3 feet tall. The leaves of the plant are edible and can be prepared like spinach. They are rich in vitamins A, B, and C, and calcium, iron, and potassium. They make a nice spring salad and come out most conveniently when our bodies need it most -- after a long winter of overindulgence.

The root should be collected in spring or autumn and has been used by numerous American natives to yield a yellow dye.


 

Ailments / Situations Where Used

The root of yellow dock has a tendency to attract iron from the soil which is then turned into organic iron in the plant tissues. The herb is thus very rich in useable organic iron and is useful for building and strengthening the blood in anemic conditions.

Yellow dock is a very popular and old time blood cleanser used for liver problems, swollen lymph glands, skin problems, warts, and rheumatism. The high sulfur and iron content of the plant make it very useful for skin disorders. The root aids the liver in cases of poor digestion of fatty foods, and helps treat jaundice and some cases of hepatitis. It increases the liver's and related organs' ability to strain and purify the blood and increases the flow of bile which, in turn, has a mild laxative effect. Yellow dock is helpful in treating disorders of the spleen. This plant is said to have similar incredibly, mysterious, tonic properties as fo-ti (Polygonum multiflorum).

Besides being high in vitamins and minerals, the leaves are used externally on cuts and wounds, hemorrhoids, and swelling. The leaves are an excellent antidote to nettle stings and work every time.


 

Source

Roots and leaves.


 

Preparations

Decoction: Bring 3 1/2 cups water and 3 teaspoons root to a boil and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Cool, strain, and divide into 3 doses for the day, taken 30 minutes before a meal.


 

Contraindications / Precautions / Warnings

The leaves of yellow dock are high in oxalic acid, which, like rhubarb, can be toxic in large doses.


 

Ailment / Situation Listing

 

Anemia

Bleeding (Leaves)

Constipation

Cuts/Wounds (Leaves)

Digestion of Fatty Foods

Enlarged Lymph Nodes

Gallbladder Problems

Hemorrhoids (Leaves)

Herpes

Liver Problems

Nettle Rash (Leaves)

Rheumatism

Skin Problems

Spleen Disorders

Swelling (leaves)

 


"MY BEST REMEDIES" -- TERMS OF USE

All information contained on this website is for reference purposes only and all content should be treated as a resource. It is highly recommended that you consult with your naturopath or other health practitioner when undertaking self-treatment. For serious conditions, always seek the advice of your naturopath or other health practitioner. People taking medication should consult with their naturopath or other health practitioner before undertaking additional regime for their ailment.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and consistency of the information contained on this website. However, errors in copy may occur. You are advised to consult with your naturopath or other health practitioner when applying the information contained on this website.

The MBR Team is not responsible or liable for any personal injury or related effects from applying the information contained on this website.

By browsing / printing any and all My Best Remedies articles / pages, you agree to the statements above.