Yellow Dock - Rumex Crispus/Obtusifolius

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This Yellow dock (Rumex crispus/obtusifolius) monograph is an excerpt from the 1999, first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA.

Yellow dock - Rumex crispus/obtusifolius in the Polygonaceae or Buckwheat family

Part used: Root mostly, mucilaginous new leaves in their leaf sheath.

Taste/smell: Bitter.

Tendencies: Cooling.

Dosage: Decoction: 1 teaspoon per cup of water; or 1:5 dry strength liquid extract: 10-40 drops 1-4 times per day.

Mental picture and specific indications: Yellow dock is indicated for numerous and various pains that change locations and sensations, coughing due to tickling in the throat and a cough that is worse with cold air. The tongue is sore at the edges and there is a sensation of a hard pit in the stomach. Symptoms are worse in the evening, from inhaling cold air, in the left side of the chest and from uncovering.

Use: (a) Mild laxative, (b) Alterative, (c) Nutritive.

Yellow dock is used as a minor supply of iron for iron-deficiency anemia and it assists in the absorption of iron. It is used for constipation, poor fat absorption, liver congestion and chronic skin conditions. The new leaf, in the sheath, is used externally as a mucilaginous, healing application. It contains small amounts of anthraquinone glycosides.

Contraindications: Leaves and stems contain oxalic acid but not as much as some Rumex species.

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