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Yellow Dock is a natural source of iron containing up to 40% iron-bearing compounds. Dr. John Chrisopher also promoted the plant for this purpose, so it is widely known among Utah herbalists as a remedy for anemia. Yellow dock doesn't even make the top 20 list of iron-bearing herbs in Mark Pederson's Nutritional Herbology.
Yellow dock is a perfect example of how nature combines specific nutrients in complex forms to produce medicines far superior to the isolates of modern chemical medicine. It does overcomes anemia and improve the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood. This is why it is included in the herbal iron formula (I-X), well known for its ability to build up the blood and overcome anemia.
Inorganic iron supplements are well known to cause constipation, but yellow dock has no such side effect. Quite the contrary, yellow dock is actually a mild laxative. It contains a small amount of anthraquinones, the same compounds found in senna and cascara sagrada. So, it can not only overcome anemia, it's also a great remedy for constipation, especially in children, because it is such a mild laxative herb.
Here's an ironic twist, yellow dock has also been used to arrest diarrhea and reduce intestinal inflammation. That's because it also contains tannins, which tighten tissues and arrest discharges. So, yellow dock is one of those "dual-acting" remedies that can normalize bowel function.
Probably the most common use for yellow dock is as a blood purifier. It builds the blood (overcoming anemia) and it also cleanses the blood (helping to remove toxins). The concept of blood purifiers is unique to herbal medicine. You won't find any modern drugs being promoted as remedies to "purify" the blood.
Diseases involving morbidity (pus, decay, etc.) of tissues were thought to be the result of impure blood. This includes diseases involving eruptions on the skin, including eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, itching, chicken pox and even leprosy. All of these diseases respond favorably to blood purifiers. Boils, cysts, and abscesses also respond favorably to remedies designed to purify the blood. Most traditional anti-cancer remedies have a reputation as blood purifiers. Both yellow dock (Rumex crispus) and its close relative, sheep sorrel, (Rumex acetosella) have been used for all these conditions. These remedies appear to increase the flow of bile (detoxifying the liver) and aid lymphatic cleansing, too.
Yellow dock is traditionally combined with other blood purifiers such as burdock and dandelion for maximum effectiveness. It is an important ingredient in the formlas; BP-X (blood purifying formula), All Cell Detox (a general cleansing formula), Liver Cleanse Formula (a traditional liver enhancing formula) and Enviro-Detox (a formula for cleansing the body from environmental toxins). In each of these formulas, yellow dock contributes to the detoxifying capacity of the body, helping to keep our blood pure and iron-rich.
Yellow Dock (100 capsules)