Yellow Dock Root (Rumex crispus) is quite a common weed which is native to Europe as well as throughout parts of Asia. However it is grown as a vegetable in Europe, and it is used as a medicinal herb in Asia.The Yellow Dock Root may also be known as Curly Dock, Yellow Dock or Narrow Dock. The plant is reddish brown, which grows in stalks about a meter high. It has very smooth leaves with distinctive curls around the edges. There are flowers that grow on these stalks that have seeds that get caught on wool and animal fur to be distributed elsewhere to grow. It thrives in moist and heavy soils along the roadsides and in some fields.The Yellow Dock Root has many benefits. From being regarded as a general health tonic, it is also used for many digestive tract disorders, various skin conditions and also for illnesses of the respiratory tract.
Ancient UsesIn ancient times, Yellow Dock Root was used in traditional herbal medications as a health tonic to relive stress and invigorate the body. It was also used as a poultice for common skin disorders and for wounds. It significantly reduced skin inflammation and skin irritation.Modern UsesThe modern use of the Yellow Dock Root is to relieve common digestive tract disorders. It has a laxative effect due to the anthraquinone glycosides content that this herb has. This content actually works to stimulate the release of bile and various digestive enzymes to relieve constipation and minor digestive disorders. Drinking Yellow Dock Root tea preparations daily has also been known to cleanse your entire digestive system to encourage healthy digestion and better absorption of nutrients. The Yellow Dock Root is also a diuretic to relieve water retention and to facilitate removal of toxins that can bring harm to the body organs. In the relief of some minor respiratory illnesses, Yellow Dock Root is an expectorant that can loosen phlegm and help relieve symptoms of colds, influenza and other lower respiratory tract infections. Studies have also shown that Yellow Dock Root has anti inflammatory properties that can alleviate the pain and swelling of joints common in cases of arthritis and rheumatism.
Yellow dock (Rumex crispus) is leafy-green plant distinguished by its yellow carrot-shaped root. In herbal medicine, it has a long history of use as a detoxifying herb, as well as to support the skin and liver; for those purposes it is often combined with dandelion root. A mild laxative, it contains anthraquinone glycosides, the active ingredients also found in senna leaf. A rich source of iron, yellow dock root has been traditionally used to supply iron to the diet.