Yellow Dock - A Medicinal Herb To Treat Skin Disorders

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Yellow Dock (Rumex crispus)

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Yellow Dock is one of three herbs that when used in combination produce positive results in the treatment of skin conditions such as psoriasis and others.

Yellow Dock - A Medicinal Herb To Treat Skin Disorders

 

Yellow Dock (Rumex crispus)

Yellow Dock is a member of the Polygonaceae family and is sometimes referred to by other names including: Curled Dock, Curly Dock, Sour Dock, Narrow Dock, Garden Patience, Rumex.

Yellow dock has a long history of use in herbal medicine, where is primary action are considered to be as an alterative. Alterative herbs have nonspecific effects on the gastro-intestinal tract and the hepatic system. Thus, they are thought to treat skin conditions that are attributed to toxic metabolites from mal-digestion and poor liver function.

The parts of the plant that are used in traditional herbal medicine is primarily the roots and young leaves, occasionally the seeds are used to treat diarrhoea. Yellow Dock is native to Eurasia, widely distributed in temperate and subtropical countries as a weed. It grows in any rich, heavy soil in weedy places such as roadsides, ditches to 1500 m altitude. Yellow Dock is easy to cultivate.

Its roots are 20-30 cm in length and the stem is approximately 1.5 cm thick. Externally Yellow Dock is a rusty brown. Internally it is whitish, with fine, straight, medullary rays and a rather thick bark. It's growth habit originates from a deep spindle-shaped root, from which arises an erect, angular, and furrowed stem, attaining a height of from 50-100 cm. The stem is branched near the top and is leafy, bearing numerous, long, dense clusters formed by drooping groups of inconspicuous, green flowers arranged in circles around the stem. The leaves have undulate edges, are lanceolate, large and have a crispy texture. The flowers are greenish, small, arranged in whorls along a somewhat branched in-florescence, appearing in mid-summer to mid-autumn.

The active principles in Yellow Dock include: Oxymethylanthraqinone, Anthraquinone glycosides, including nepodin, emodin, cyhrysophanic acid, volatie oil, resin, tannins, rumicin, starch, and thiamine. It therefore has a combined action as both astringent and purgative and acts as a tonic laxative on the gastro-intestinal tract.

Yellow Dock is used extensively in the treatment of chronic skin complaints such as psoriasis. The anthraquinones present have a markedly cathartic action on the bowel, but in this herb they act in a mild way. Thus it is useful for constipation, working as it does in a much wider way than simply stimulating the gut muscles. It promotes the flow of bile and has that somewhat obscure action of being a blood cleanser The action on the gall-bladder gives it a role in the treatment of jaundice when this is due to hepatic congestion.

To treat chronic skin diseases a combination of Yellow Dock, Burdock and Echinacea is ideal to achieve good results.

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