Yellow Dock

Also indexed as:Rumex, Rumex crispus
Yellow Dock: Main Image© Steven Foster
Common names:
Botanical names:
Rumex crispus

How It Works

Yellow dock contains relatively small amounts of anthraquinone glycosides, which may contribute to its mild laxative effect.4 It is also thought to stimulate bile production. It is often used as a digestive bitter for people with poor digestion. No human studies have been done on its use as medicine.

How to Use It

A tincture of yellow dock, 1/4–1/2 teaspoon (1–2 ml) three times per day, can be used.5 Alternatively, a tea can be made by boiling 1–2 teaspoons (5–10 grams) of root in 2 cups (500 ml) of water for ten minutes. Three cups (750 ml) may be drunk each day.

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