Yellow Dock

What other names is Yellow Dock known by?

Acedera, Amalvelas, Broad-Leaved Dock, Chukkah, Curled Dock, Curly Dock, Field Sorrel, Herbe à Cochons, Lengua de Vaca, Narrow Dock, Oseille Crépue, Parelle Sauvage, Patience Crépue, Romaza, Rumex, Rumex crispus, Rumex obstusifolius, Sheep Sorrel, Sour Dock, Yellowdock.

What is Yellow Dock?

Yellow dock is an herb. The leaf stalks are used in salads. The root is used as medicine.

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.

Some people use yellow dock as a toothpaste.

Historically, yellow dock has been used for skin diseases, skin inflammation (dermatitis), rashes, a vitamin deficiency called scurvy, obstructive jaundice, and psoriasis with constipation.

Is Yellow Dock effective?

Yellow dock can be an effective laxative to reduce constipation. Although some people try using yellow dock for sexually transmitted diseases or skin problems, it does not seem to be effective for these uses.

There isn't enough information to know if yellow dock is effective for the other conditions that people use it for, including: inflammation of nasal passages and the respiratory tract, bacterial infections, jaundice, scurvy, and others.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Constipation.
  • Inflammation of nasal passages and the respiratory tract.
  • Bacterial infections.
  • Jaundice.
  • Scurvy.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of yellow dock for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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