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What are different characteristics and health benefits of Yellow Dock?

Yellow dock is commonly known as Rumex Crispus. It is a perennial flowering plant belonging to the family of polygonaceae. Mature yellow dock stands no more than 4 feet tall and is reddish brown in color. Yellow dock has a large basal rosette shooting smooth leaves from it with waved and curled edges. Plants produce light green floppy flowers between early spring and late autumn. The stalk of the plant produces flowers and seeds in clusters on branched stems.

Habitat:-
Yellow dock is native to Europe and parts of Africa. Usually, it is considered a weed problem, it is most commonly found in open areas where the soil is disturbed frequently, such as fields, roadsides, waterways and landfills.

Nutritional role:-
The active ingredient of yellow dock is anthraquinone glycosides, which works as a mild laxative to stimulate bile production and help poor digestion.

Uses and Benefits:-
– The taproot of plant is commonly used in herbal remedies as it is rich in compounds that have cleanliness and calm qualities, as well as minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium and phosphorus.
– The dock contains a number of anthraquinones, including emodins, which are known for their laxative action. Although small doses of yellow dock can be used as an herbal remedy to treat diarrhea, higher doses actually cause diarrhea. The herb acts to stimulate peristalsis and increase mucus production and secretion of water into the colon, thus relieving the discomfort associated with constipation.
– This herb has diuretic properties, making it a natural remedy for water retention, inflammation of the gallbladder and urinary stones.
– Both laxative and diuretic properties of cow tongue make this herb a natural cleanser. The toxins are expelled from the system through urine and feces. Yellow dock has been used to clean the circulatory system, liver, spleen, kidneys and bladder. It is often mixed with cleansing herbs such as burdock, red clover, and dandelion or to remove toxins from the body and clear the way for the healing of primary enforcement such as acne, boils, eczema, psoriasis and fungal infections.
– Yellow dock is a traditional remedy for menstrual pain and heavy bleeding. It is also useful for unbalanced cycles. This herb has also been reported to increase fertility.
– When preparing a poultice, it has a calming effect. It is used for boils and burns, and skin problems like eczema weeping, psoriasis, hives, boils and abscesses. It has even been used as an herbal remedy in the treatment of syphilis and other venereal diseases, outbreaks of skin as it relieves itching and inflammation.
– The narrow dock contains antibacterial compound, rumicin which makes this herb a natural remedy for the treatment of bacterial infections of Escherichia, Salmonella, Staphylococcus and Bacillus.
– This herb has also been used in the treatment of Anthrax, anorexia, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, common cold, pain, depression, fever, general weakness or loss of strength, headache, hepatitis, cholesterol high, leprosy, malaria, menopause, mental stupor, mouth sores, oral hygiene, ringworm, and tuberculosis.

Precautions:-
Yellow dock contains oxalates and therefore should not be overused, especially for those prone to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones and hyperacidity. Overuse can cause dermatitis and nausea, and the use of yellow dock for too long can cause difficulty to defecate without the use of a laxative or a low level of potassium in the body. Talk to your doctor before taking yellow dock if you have a bowel obstruction or bowel or have had kidney stones.

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