Part Used: Root.
Yellow Dock is known for it’s high iron content, and for blood-purifying
properties. Liver congestion. Chronic constipation with indigestion. . Food allergies and
intolerances; poor fat assimilation. Stomach ulcers, intestinal inflammation. Lymph
congestion, swollen glands. Anemia, low red cell count (with circulatory stimulants). Ovarian
cysts; reproductive tumors. Eczema; chronic skin conditions esp. with redness, itching,
suppuration. Inflammations in general with suppuration; boils, abcesses. Chronic arthritis,
gout. Laryngitis, sore throat. Tickling, irritative cough.
One of the traditional potherbs of the spring is the greens of the Dock plant, locally
known as Curly Dock. Yellow Dock is the name given to the root of the most common
species (Rumex crispus), and it is the root that is used medicinally. The greens, picked
young, provide an interersting soury-tasting cooked green that is very nutritious. It is in the
Buckwheat family and grows in waste places, old fields and barnyards and generally
considered a "weed", whatever that means. The medicinal root is one that I value very highly.
The "yellow" dock refers to the yellow color of the root, which picks up iron from the
soil, and is a natural and highly assimilable source of this mineral, making Yellow Dock an
important herb for anemic conditions, and as a blood-builder in general.
Yellow Dock is also one of the time-honored "blood purifiers", purifying the body of
toxins by its gentle stimulation of the organs of elimination. Yellow Dock gently stimulates the
colon, and is one of the best mild laxatives where a lax condition of the colon prevails. It also
contains some tannins which also serve to tone up the colon, so that the laxative effects are
balanced out. Food allergies are addressed with Yellow Dock. Yellow Dock also mildly
stimulates the liver and symtpoms of malaise, indigestion, fat intolerance, constipation and
possible jaundice call for this herb. Chronic gastritis.
Yellow Dock is also valuable as a lymph purifier. Among the many conditions this
bood-purifier this herb may be used as an aid for include: lymph congestion and swollen
glands, abscess, boils, and tumors and cysts (incl. female reproductive). It has a
long-standing reputation as a adjunct in cancer, particularly where the blood needs to be bulit
up. Breast, ovarian and uterine cancer. Combined with Nettles and an herb like Juniper
Berry, it has done very well as a preventative in gout, and arthritis and rheumatism with toxic
build-up. Its affinity for the skin makes it a valuable aid in eczema and rashes with redness
Various internal inflammations of the throat and digestive tract are treated with Yellow
Dock. Post nasal drip. Throat raw. Tickling, irritating cough.
The Round-Leaf Dock (R. obtusifolium) and Water Dock (R. aquaticus) can also be
used though they may contain more tannins and be a little weaker in effects. Over the years
Yellow Dock root is an herb that has served me as probably the best all around blood
builder and purifier around.