Latin name: Rumex crispus
Health Benefits of Yellow Dock Root
Yellow Dock Root is known in north America as a common weed, but is very nutritious and a great blood purifier and cleanser. Health benefits include:
- The root is highly prized by modern herbalists as one of the richest sources of iron. It contains biochelated iron, which is readily absorbed. This makes it useful in treating anemia.
- Helps treat fatigue.
- An excellent blood cleanser, purifier, and builder.
- It is included in nearly al herbal liver remedies. For this reason, it is used for jaundice and hepatitis as well.
- Helpful with gall bladder issues.
- The action of the root has been compared to that of various rhubarb species that are used as laxatives. it also increases production of digestive fluids and enzymes, especially bile, and increases the flow of urine. It is one of the best herbs for the digestive system.
- The tannins and antimicrobial properties of the root make it useful in diseases of the skin, including psoriasis and eczema, and help to explain the traditional use in treating skin rashes obtained from stinging nettles and syphylitic lesions.
- Excellent cleanser of the lymphatic system. It dissolves mucus, and moves it through the kidneys. It also helps dissolve glandular and other tissues.
- It can kill parasites.
Nutritional Benefits of Yellow Dock Root
- Excellent herbal source of Vitamins A and C.
- Great source of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and selenium.
How to Use Yellow Dock Root
- Use in teas, tinctures, or in encapsulated form.
Cautions and Side Effects of Yellow Dock Root
- Should not be consumed in large quantities or for long periods of time as it contains some toxic oxalates.
- Black tea, coffee, and other strong iron tonics should not be used while taking yellow dock.
- Do not use if you are taking diuretics or medication to control calcium absorption. It can cause a calcium deficiency.