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Yellow Dock Root (Rumex crispus) is quite a common weed that is native to Europe as well as throughout parts of Asia. However it is grown as a vegetable in Europe, and it is used as a medicinal herb in Asia. Rumex crispus, is an herb widely used by herbalists as a general health tonic. 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. It is also useful in jaundice.
It was also used in ancient times as a poultice for common skin disorders and for wounds. It significantly reduced skin inflammation and skin irritation. The modern use of the Yellow Dock Root is to relieve common digestive tract disorders. It has a laxative effect due to the anthraquinone glycosides content that this herb has. This content actually works to help stimulate the release of bile and various digestive enzymes to relieve constipation and minor digestive disorders. Drinking Yellow Dock Root tea preparations daily has also been known to cleanse your entire digestive system to encourage healthy digestion and better absorption of nutrients. The Yellow Dock Root is also a diuretic to relieve water retention and to facilitate the removal of toxins that can bring harm to the body organs. In the relief of some minor respiratory illnesses, Yellow Dock Root is an expectorant that can loosen phlegm and help relieve symptoms of colds, influenza and other lower respiratory tract infections. Studies have also shown that Yellow Dock Root has anti-inflammatory properties that can alleviate the pain and swelling of joints common in cases of arthritis and rheumatism.