Yellow Dock
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Yellow Dock Usage

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What Is Yellow Dock Used for Today?

Yellow dock root has no established medical uses. However, it contains chemicals called anthroquinones (also found in the more famous herbal laxative senna), 1 which stimulate bowel movements. For this reason, yellow dock is occasionally included in herbal laxative mixtures.

Like many other plants, yellow dock contains a substantial amount of tannins. These have astringent properties that may offer some benefit for treating minor skin wounds and hemorrhoids . Yellow dock is also sometimes recommended for nasal and lung congestion.


  1. Newall CA, Anderson LA, Phillipson JD. Herbal Medicines: A Guide for Health-Care Professionals. London, UK: Pharmaceutical Press; 1996:274.


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