Yellow Dock Root

The Herbarium by the Herbal Academy

This herb is easy to grow if you’re growing it and is pretty easy to find while wildcrafting, too. Yellow dock root is cooling, bitter, laxative, and cholagogue.

Bitter

Herbs and food with a bitter taste stimulate the vagus nerve. This helps kick-start digestion.

Laxative

Herbs that have a laxative property help aid in expelling your guts. Great to use if you’re constipated.

Diuretic

Yellow dock has diuretic properties. This means it can increase urine flow. Both the laxative and diuretic properties make it a great cleanser.Toxins can be flushed out of the system through urine and stool.

Cholagogue

Yellow dock root’s cholagogue property promotes the flow of bile from the gall bladder into the duodenum.

 

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Osteoarthritis

Yellow dock root may be helpful for joint pain associated with osteoarthritis.

Iron and Anemia

Yellow dock contains high amounts of iron and can aid in cases of anemia.

Use as a Poultice

Yellow dock, used as a poultice, can be a natural remedy for boils and burns on the skin.

Rumicin

Rumicin is an antibacterial compound found in yellow dock. This can potentially help with bacterial infections such as Escherichia, Salmonella, Staphylococcus, and Bacillus.

Glycosidic

Glycosides are found in yellow dock. Glycosides help stimulate the liver, which helps with the poor absorption of nutrients.

I have not had the pleasure of actually using yellow dock personally, but it is a herb I would love to keep handy to aid in digestive blends in the future. Have you ever used yellow dock? How do you like to use it?

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