YELLOW DOCK- Yellow dock (Rumex crispus) is a perennial plant that belongs to the Polygonaceae family (or buckwheat family). It is native to Europe and parts of Africa but can now be found growing in many places (including the U.S.), mostly in waste lands, roadsides, pastures, and fields. It grows to be about four feet tall. The roots appear to have the most health benefits but the leaves (which are added to salads) are also used as a herbal remedy
Health Benefits of Yellow Dock
Derivatives (anthraquinone glycosides) in yellow dock have been shown to have mild laxative effects. In fact, the total anthraquinone content is higher in yellow dock root than in theraputic rhubarb (also a member of the Polygonaceae family).
Yellow dock has been used for centuries to treat skin problems, including cuts, acne, boils, burns, rashes, insect bites, abscesses, eczema, and psoriasis.
Yellow dock root is rich in iron and can help treat and prevent iron-deficiency anemia. Yellow dock is also used to improve digestion and treat arthritis, rheumatism, gout, and menstrual problems (unbalanced cycles, heavy bleeding, and pain).
Side Effects & Precautions
Side effects include stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea, low potassium levels, low calcium levels, excessive urination, and skin irritation.
Long term use is not recommended.
Pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding should avoid taking.
People allergic to ragweed may be allergic to yellow dock.
People with gastrointestinal blockage or ulcers should not take.
People with blood clotting problems or kidney disease should consult with a healthcare provider before taking.
Do not take with diuretics, digoxin, or warfarin. If taking any medications, you should talk with your healthcare provider first.