Yellow dock is used for pain and swelling (inflammation) of nasal passages and the respiratory tract, and as a laxative and tonic. It is also used to treat bacterial infections and sexually transmitted diseases. Yellow dock is also sometimes used to treat intestinal infections, fungal infections, and for arthritis.
Yellow dock is a beneficial herb for detoxification, thanks to its ability to cleanse the body of toxins. Research suggests that it helps to stimulate the action of the lymphatic system throughout the body, increasing the rate at which harmful pollutants are flushed out.
Yellow dock is often included in many traditional blood cleansing formulas, including Essiac Tea.
In addition, yellow dock also acts as a diuretic, increasing the frequency of urination to assist in toxin elimination. It also helps to stimulate peristalsis and increase the secretion of mucous and water in the colon, improving the rate at which waste is removed from the body.
Yellow dock root helps to stimulates bile production, which increases the rate at which the body can break down fats and lipids.
It’s also a source of anthraquinones, which are useful for smoothing the bowel movements and preventing constipation. In this way, yellow dock root can also help to stimulate the bowels and speed bowel transit time. This is important for moving any old waste siting in the intestinal tract.
Maintaining an efficient rate of waste elimination can help to prevent toxins from accumulating in various organs such as the liver and gallbladder, as well as the bloodstream.
Studies of yellow dock’s antioxidant potential have confirmed it harbors powerful compounds that help to reduce oxidative stress caused by free radicals.
Research conducted in India shows that yellow dock has effective antioxidant activity that works to scavenge oxidative damage and free radicals throughout the body, including within liver tissue. (1)
It’s also been found that the phytochemical content of the root means the antioxidants within yellow dock are higher in the root than the leaves.
This is believed to account for the frequent use of the root more than the leaves in traditional medicine, particularly in treating parasitic infections.
PREPARATION: Boil 3 cups of water. Turn of the fire. Use a small handful of the dried herb and add it to the boiled water to steep for at least 30 minutes.
PRECAUTIONS: As always, please consult with your physician before using any herbal solution.