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What Are the Health Benefits of Yellow Dock Tea?

author image Whitney Hopler
Whitney Hopler has authored numerous articles and several books in more than 20 years as a professional writer. As an editor, she’s served at The Salvation Army’s national magazines, and several newspapers.
What Are the Health Benefits of Yellow Dock Tea?
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Yellow dock tea (Rumex crispus) comes from a flowering herb with yellow roots and long curly leaves that is native to Europe but now grows throughout much of the world. Since it contains chemicals that stimulate bowel movements, yellow dock tea has often been used to cleanse the body of toxins and to treat ailments, such as constipation and diarrhea.

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Purging Toxins

Drinking yellow dock tea can help support the healthy function of your liver, kidneys, gallbladder, bladder and intestines by enhancing your body’s efforts to purge itself of toxins that can overburden those organs. Yellow dock extracts toxins from your body’s tissues and acts as both a laxative to stimulate bowel movements and a diuretic to increase urine flow--both of which help remove waste from your body. Yellow dock helps your body produce more bile to break down the fatty foods you eat and improves the flow of bile and other digestive juices. It also helps reduce the amount of irritation and inflammation in your bowels. All these qualities make it a popular choice for people seeking to relieve digestive problems.

Improving Blood Disorders

If you are anemic, yellow dock tea contains iron that can increase your blood’s iron content. It also helps promote iron absorption into your body. Historically, people have also sometimes used yellow dock to treat a variety of blood disorders and bleeding in their lungs.

Clearing Skin

Applying yellow dock to your skin can help treat rashes, sores, swelling, boils, cuts, scabs, hemorrhoids, fungal infections and dog and insect bites, as well as conditions, such as psoriasis, acne and eczema. Yellow dock may also help reduce gland swelling.

Other Benefits

Drinking yellow dock tea may help you treat coughing by reducing the irritation in your throat and upper airways. You may also find it useful in treating bronchitis and asthma. Yellow dock may help relieve the symptoms of arthritis, rheumatism, gout, cystitis, water retention, urinary stones, ulcers and headaches. Historically, people have used yellow dock root to treat venereal diseases, such as syphilis. Women have used it to help heal unbalanced menstrual cycles, reduce menstrual pain and heavy menstrual bleeding and treat benign uterine tumors called fibroids. In addition, some cancer patients and people with diphtheria have used yellow dock tea to improve their body’s digestive functions. Yellow dock tea contains several important nutrients, including Vitamin C, iron, phosphorous and calcium.

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