Yellow Duck Root


 Yellow Duck RootYellow dock is an inherent to Europe and some parts of Africa. Nowadays it is found in Southern Canada and United States. It is found in open spaces such as road sides, dumps, ditches and fields. It is 4 feet tall when matures and has reddish-brown in colour. The base of the stem is the central point where the leaves are grouped. In between early spring and late autumn, the plants produce the light green floppy flowers. Above the leaves, the flowers are arranged in loose clumps along the stalk.

Health Benefits of Yellow Duck Root

The roots are the very important parts of Yellow Dock plant. It possesses the chemical properties such as glycosides, oxalates, anthraquinones, rumoquin and tannins which help to cure the various medical conditions. The anthraquinones property helps to regulate the bowel movements and get rid of constipation. This property also helps to treat hemorrhoids and skin ailments. The root of yellow dock helps to treat the bacterial infections, jaundice, scurvy and respiratory tract inflammations.

Some of the health benefits of yellow dock root are:

1. Antioxidant Action

The presence of antioxidants helps to slow oxidative damage. The antioxidant helps to counteract the free radicals. It also helps to reduce the oxidative stress. The study made by Department of Chemistry at Jamia Hamdard in India reports that the antioxidant property in yellow dock root helps to counteract the free radicals and prevents the oxidative damage in liver tissue.

2. Activity against Harmful Organisms

Some studies show that the antioxidant helps to be toxic to the harmful organisms. The research made at the Department of Pharmaceutical Technology at Jadavpur University notes that the root of yellow dock extract helps to defense against the harmful organisms.

3. Cleansing

Yellow dock can detoxify the body. It acts as a blood and lymph cleanser, which helps to boost the lymph glands action in the body. Due to its blood cleansing properties, it is included in Jon Barron’s Blood Support Formula.

4. Digestive Aid

According to the study made by the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, the yellow dock has the ability to ease stomach aid, indigestion and heart burn. It enhances the digestive functions by increasing the stomach acid and digestive enzymes. It assists the gallbladder and liver. The lower presence of anthraquinone glycosides helps to stimulate the bile release and various digestive enzymes to get rid of minor digestive disorder and constipation.

5. Skin conditions

Along with the internal conditions, this root can treat the skin conditions such as psoriasis, poison ivy, eczema, age spots and rashes. The yellow root was used by the Native American Tribes to treat the poultice.

6. Anemia

The mild case of anemia is treated if the yellow dock root is mixed with dandelion root, alfalfa and burdock. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, it cleanses the blood and strengthens the body. The roots should be simmered in tea for 20 minutes. The recommended dosage is one tablespoon per cup of water.

7. Liver Detoxifier

The diuretic and laxative properties help to detoxify and flush out the toxins from the body. It maintains the liver health and increases the bile production.

8. Effective for Women’s Health Problems

The women who suffer from the irregular menstruation, uterine fibroids, menstrual pains and anemia can alleviate these conditions with the consumption of herb.


Yellow dock is an inherent to Western Asia and Europe. The stem yellow dock is 1-3 feet and leaves is 6-10 inches long. The root has the shape of carrot with 4-8 inches. The bark is reddish brown and the inside part is yellow to orange. The leaves are astringent whereas the root’s taste is bitter.  It is also found in dry high desert of New Mexico and the wet, sunny and warm valleys of Kentucky.


The prescribed dosages of yellow dock root are:

  • The dried form of yellow dock root should be taken 2 to 4 grams.
  • The liquid extract of yellow dock root should be 2 to 4 ml.
  • It should be taken 1 to 2 ml in case of tincture.

The appropriate dosage depends on the age, health and other conditions. So, one should consume this herb only under the supervision of physician or pharmacist.

Side Effects

The overdose of yellow dock root may cause these side effects:

1. Gastrointestinal problems

The usage of yellow dock root for the long time may lead to stomach cramps, diarrhea and intestinal obstructions. The laxative effect may be harmful to the pregnant or nursing mother. So it is not recommended for the young children and pregnant or nursing woman.

2. Causes kidney failure

The continuous usage of yellow dock root causes the failure of kidney. The oxalic acid could bind the calcium in the body which leads to the kidney stone formation. The one who already suffer or is suffering from kidney stones should take it under the guidance of physician.

3. Loss of Potassium Levels

The usage of yellow dock root can result in the enormous loss of potassium levels in the form of excessive urination or loose bowels due to its laxative nature. It leads to the muscle weakness, irregular heart beat and low blood pressure.

4. Other side effects

The continuous or excessive usage of yellow dock root may result in skin allergies, blood clotting and poisoning. It can worsen the condition of stomach ulcers. So the people suffering from the stomach ulcer should avoid the consumption of yellow dock root.

5. Drug Interactions

Due to the laxative property in Yellow Dock root, it can interact with the drugs such as Warfarin, Water Pills and Digoxin. It may result in side effects so the one should avoid the yellow dock root while taking these drugs.

Yellow Dock Tea


  • 6 cups water divided
  • 3 T. yellow dock root
  • 2 T. burdock root, ground to a powder optional
  • 1 T. vanilla extract
  • stevia or raw honey, to taste


  1. Boil water along with yellow dock as well as vanilla for about 15 minutes.
  2. Turn off heat, stir in burdock and cover.
  3. Let the brew to steep for around 30-60 minutes.
  4. Again Add 2 cups of water and rewarm to serve.
  5. Pour through a strainer. Sweeten to taste with honey or stevia.

Yellow Dock Tea Benefits

Yellow dock helps to treat the minor constipation, chronic skin problems and anemia. It also helps to detoxify the liver. It is also recognized as Rumex crispus or even curly dock. The plant has curly leaves which are long and upright stalks which are covered with reddish seed heads in the fall.

1. Liver, skin and digestion

According to naturopathic doctor Sharol Tilgner, the yellow dock root tea is mainly used for non-spasmodic constipation. The small amounts of anthraquinone glycosides are mildly laxative which helps to increase the tone of the intestinal walls. The yellow dock tea helps to clear skin eruptions and assists the liver function. It is also known as blood purifier.

2. Antioxidant and Antibacterial properties

In 2001, the study which is published in “Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry” states that the tea of yellow dock leaves and seeds possess the antioxidant properties which helps to reduce the perioxide formation by 96 percent in the experimental model  which helps to indicate the free-radical scavenging in the body in high potential.

3. Iron and Anemia

According to Tilgner, “Yellow dock tea helps to treat the anemia which is caused due to the iron deficiency and helps to absorb the iron.” When it is combined with the burdock root or horsetail along with blackstrap molasses then it helps to maintain the healthy iron level in the body. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, yellow dock root can bring back the hemoglobin to the normal level if taken alone or with other herbs such as dandelion and alfalfa. According to UMMC, the dosage of yellow dock tea is 1 teaspoon of dried root should be simmered for 20 minutes in 1 cup of water.