YELLOW DOCK

OTHER NAME(S):

Acedera, Amalvelas, Broad-Leaved Dock, Chukkah, Curled Dock, Curly Dock, Field Sorrel, Herbe à Cochons, Lengua de Vaca, Narrow Dock, Oseille Crépue, Parelle Sauvage, Patience Crépue, Romaza, Rumex, Rumex crispus, Rumex obstusifolius, Sheep Sorrel, Sour Dock, Yellowdock.<br/><br/>

Overview

Overview Information

Yellow dock is an herb. The leaf stalks are used in salads. The root and fruits are used as medicine.

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 and sexually transmitted diseases. Yellow dock is also sometimes used to treat intestinal infections, fungal infections, and for arthritis.

Some people use yellow dock as a toothpaste. It is also applied to the skin to stop bleeding and for hemorrhoids.

Historically, yellow dock has been used for skin diseases, skin inflammation (dermatitis), rashes, a vitamin deficiency called scurvy, obstructive jaundice, and psoriasis with constipation.

How does it work?

Yellow dock contains chemicals called anthraquinones, which work as stimulant laxatives. Yellow dock also contains other chemicals that might kill parasites, bacteria, and fungus.
Uses

Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Arthritis.
  • Bacterial infections and sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Constipation.
  • Fungal infections.
  • Hemorrhoids.
  • Inflammation of nasal passages and the respiratory tract.
  • Intestinal infections.
  • Jaundice.
  • Scurvy.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of yellow dock for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

Yellow dock is POSSIBLY SAFE for most adults when consumed in amounts found in food. Taking too much yellow dock can cause diarrhea, nausea, stomach cramps, excessive urination, skin irritation, and low blood levels of potassium and calcium.

Don't use raw or uncooked yellow dock. It can cause serious side effects including vomiting, heart problems, breathing difficulty, and even death. Also, handling raw yellow dock can cause skin irritation in some people.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Taking yellow dock by mouth is LIKELY UNSAFE in women who are pregnant or breast-feeding. It has laxative effects, which are not desirable during pregnancy. Also, the chemicals that cause the laxative effects can be transferred to a nursing infant through breast milk.

Blood clotting problems: Yellow dock may speed up clotting. If you have a clotting disorder, get your healthcare provider's advice before starting yellow dock.

Allergies: People who are allergic to ragweed may also be allergic to yellow dock.

Gastrointestinal (GI) blockage: Don't use yellow dock if you have any kind of blockage in your digestive tract.

Stomach or intestinal ulcers: Don't use yellow dock if you have ulcers. Yellow dock can irritate the lining of the stomach and intestine, making ulcer symptoms worse.

Kidney disease: Yellow dock contains a chemical that can bind with calcium and form crystals that can damage the kidneys. If you have kidney stones or have ever had kidney stones, get your healthcare provider's advice before starting yellow dock.

Interactions

Interactions?

Major Interaction

Do not take this combination

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  • Digoxin (Lanoxin) interacts with YELLOW DOCK

    Yellow dock is a type of laxative called a stimulant laxative. Stimulant laxatives can decrease potassium levels in the body. Low potassium levels can increase the risk of side effects of digoxin (Lanoxin).

  • Water pills (Diuretic drugs) interacts with YELLOW DOCK

    Yellow dock is a laxative. Some laxatives can decrease potassium in the body. "Water pills" can also decrease potassium in the body. Taking yellow dock along with "water pills" might decrease potassium in the body too much.<br><nb>Some "water pills" that can decrease potassium include chlorothiazide (Diuril), chlorthalidone (Thalitone), furosemide (Lasix), hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, Hydrodiuril, Microzide), and others.

Moderate Interaction

Be cautious with this combination

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  • Warfarin (Coumadin) interacts with YELLOW DOCK

    Yellow dock can work as a laxative. In some people yellow dock can cause diarrhea. Diarrhea can increase the effects of warfarin and increase the risk of bleeding. If you take warfarin do not to take excessive amounts of yellow dock.

Dosing

Dosing

The appropriate dose of yellow dock depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for yellow dock. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

View References

REFERENCES:

  • Lee KH, Rhee KH. Antimalarial activity of nepodin isolated from Rumex crispus. Arch Pharm Res. 2013 Apr;36(4):430-5.View abstract.
  • Maksimovic Z, Kovacevic N, Lakusic B, Cebovic T. Antioxidant activity of yellow dock (Rumex crispus L., Polygonaceae) fruit extract. Phytother Res. 2011 Jan;25(1):101-5. View abstract.
  • Nusko G, Schneider B, Schneider I, et al. Anthranoid laxative use is not a risk factor for colorectal neoplasia: results of a prospective case control study. Gut 2000;46:651-5. View abstract.
  • Shen HD, Chang LY, Gong YJ, et al. A monoclonal antibody against ragweed pollen cross-reacting with yellow dock pollen. Chung Hua Min Kuo Wei Sheng Wu Chi Mien I Hsueh Tsa Chih 1985;18:232-9.
  • Spencer P, Sivakumaran S, Fraser K, Foo LY, Lane GA, Edwards PJ, Meagher LP. Isolation and characterisation of procyanidins from Rumex obtusifolius. Phytochem Anal. 2007 May-Jun;18(3):193-203. View abstract.
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