Plant Profile: Yellow Dock

Yellow Dock

(Rumex crispus)




Family: POLYGONACEAE. 

Energetics: Cooling. 

Taste: Wicked bitter. 

Tissue states: Irritation, stagnation, relaxation. 

Part(s) Used: Root. 

System(s) Affected: Liver, colon, gallbladder. 

Key Components: Anthraquinone, glycosides,  rumicin, chrysarobin, iron, tannins, oxalates.  

Preparations & dosage: Decoction: Decoct 1-2 tsp in a cup of water, 10-15 min. 3 cups 3x per day. Tincture: Made with fresh or dried plant. 1-4ml 3x per day. 

Properties: Alterative, purgative, cholagogue, mild laxative, blood tonic. Nutritive. 

Uses: Chronic skin complaints such as psoriasis, acne, ezcema, herpes. Promotes the flow of bile, helps relieving congestion in the liver & gallbladder and acts as a blood cleanser, both actions make it a valuable remedy for constipation that is loose yet difficult to expel due to weakness in the rectal or intestinal muscles. It’s action on the gallbladder make it useful for jaundice when it is caused by congestion. Useful for most inflammatory liver & gallbladder disorders & liver congestion. Anemia. A great source of easily digestible source of iron for young women who are chronically stressed out and tired. Not super high in iron but, rather helps the body better assimilate the iron. Also Contains a coenzyme that allows the body to take up iron more efficiently. Take at the same time as vitamin C to help absorb even more iron. Combine with Nettle in pregnancy for anemia. Considered one of the best liver detoxifiers & cleansers. Aids the digestion of fats and oils & hence can aid in weigh loss when the struggle is caused by sluggish elimination. Can help balance the liver after hepatitis. Kidney stones, urine retention, bright’s disease. Can be applied topically for infections, ulcers or cysts. Good for too much fire or heat in the stomach & digestive tract. Too much appetite. Too much emotional energy. One who’s tongue is elongated, pointed with red on the sides, tip or center with a thick coating on sides or back. 

Growing: Perennial. Grows along roadsides, in wetter areas. Can often be found alongside Burdock & Dandelion. Does well in sun or shade. 

Harvesting: Dig root in Fall of first year when fruit is dry and reddish brown or spring of second year. Roots will look distinctly yellow. Wash carefully, slice healthy roots (deep yellow, not brown or black when you scrap the outer bark of the root) into long, thin slices & allow to dry properly. 

Contraindications: NONE KNOWN

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