Yellow Dock is a perennial flowering plant. It is from the family of Polygonaceae and also known as Rumex Crispus and Curly Dock. This plant is indigenous to Europe and parts of Africa. However, now it has been carried beyond its borders by professional herbalists and travelers. Especially, herbalists use it as a general health tonic in their herbal formulas.
Luckily, Yellow Dock can be grown in the wide variety of habitats too. From disturbed soils to fields and meadows, they can be grown everywhere.
Uses of Yellow Dock
Professional herbalists use its roots, leaves, and seeds. They chop them and then dehydrate them for storage or medical use. Particularly, its roots are rich in many compounds. They possess cleansing and calming qualities with the combination of calcium, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus.
Many people use this plant as a wild leaf vegetable too. First, they boil its leaves to banish oxalic acid and then add them directly into salads in moderate amounts. Even experts recommend its leaves too. Because they are an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin C. According to them, its leaves can be powdered and given in the capsule form too in order to cure many deadly diseases like cancer. For
example, several researches have indicated that the certain amount of anthroquinones in yellow dock stop or slow cancer growth.
This special herb has a more important role than you can imagine in treating cancer. Its roots and rhizome cleanse the blood and help with digestion by stimulating bile production.
Several studies have established that it reduces oxidative stress too because of its antioxidant potential. This property is significant in a number of diseases which are related to cancer. That's why, it is also a staple of many natural anticancer formulas. It also shows outstanding cytotoxic activities on several leukemia cells lines. Just bear in mind that if you have liver/kidney damage with cancer, it is better to consult a physician first before its use.