Yellow Dock: It grows freely along roadsides and in
ditches. The roots are 8 to 12 inches long, about 1/2 inch thick, fleshy and
usually not forked externally they are a rusty brown and inside whitish,
with fine, straight, medullary rays and a rather thick bark. Yellow dock has
little or no smell and a rather bitter taste. The stem is 1 to 3 feet high,
branched, with leaves of 6 to 10 inches long. They are crisped at the edges.
A versatile herb, Yellow dock stimulates the flow of bile and is
an excellent liver and gallbladder tonic. It contains
anthraquinones. This constituent has an active effect on the bowel and
may ease cases of constipation.
It is also used to relieve acne,
psoriasis and other irritated skin conditions.
It may be helpful
in treating hemorrhoids and vericose veins.
is also high in iron.It nourishes the spleen and liver, detoxifies the liver,
and cleanses and enriches the blood.
Rumicin is the
active principle of Yellow Dock root. It contains Chrysarobin. A safe dosage of
the dried extract is from 1 to 4 grains.
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