Natural Relief through the Yellow Dock Root
Yellow dock root is a shrub that originally grew only in Europe and Asia but had spread to North America. Its leaves may be eaten as part of a salad dish but its roots are the ones with medicinal value. It grows to about 3 to 4 feet. It blossoms in June and July. The herb naturally has anthraquinones, rumoquin, oxalates, glycosides, and tannins. These are chemicals from which its medicinal properties emanate.
People may also call this herb by the following names: Curly Dock, Oseille Crépue,Acedera, Yellowdock, Rumex obstusifolius, Narrow Dock, Rumex, Broad-Leaved Dock, Chukkah, Parelle Sauvage, Field Sorrel, Rumex crispus, Amalvelas, Patience Crépue, Herbe à Cochons, Romaza, Sheep Sorrel, Lengua de Vaca, Sour Dock, Curled Dock.
People can benefit from the herb’s power to:
- relieve pain or swelling of the respiratory tract and nasal passages
- treat diseases of the skin such as rashes, psoriasis, eczema, itches, boils and dermatitis
- cure scurvy, jaundice and even constipation
- treat bacterial infections, particularly those that cause sexually transmitted diseases
- aid indigestion and constipation
- treat anemia
- The primary benefits derived from the herb are the following:
Relief from indigestion and constipation – The anthraquinones and glycocides in the herb make it a potent laxative. These natural chemicals soothe inflamed intestinal linings and stimulate free bowel movement to aid indigestion and constipation. It also stimulates a healthy level of production of stomach acids and enzymes. For this to be effective, yellow dock root tea must be taken three times a day.
Treatment for skin problems – An ointment is made from the herb. This is then applied to skin lesions, abrasions, eruptions, and sores. Native Americans used to pulverize the pulp of the herb and apply to various skin disorders.
Strengthening of liver as an antioxidant – A scientific study showed that the roots contain antioxidants that neutralize free radicals thereby preventing tissue and cell damage especially in the liver. Such a benefit can be derived by preparing and drinking a tea made of the herb’s extracts.
Treatment for anemia – Not only does yellow dock root improve absorption of iron in the intestines, it also contains iron which helps in the production of red blood cells and in fighting anemia. It also has natural chemicals called bioflavonoids that strengthen capillaries, thereby helping blood circulation.
Yellow dock root is without a doubt a super herb for constipation, anemia, and skin problems. It may come as an invasive weed that may hurt other crops, but as far as your health is concerned, de-weeding can be just as fulfilling as harvesting.