Yellow dock is a versatile plant that was frequently used by ancient Greek physicians for the amelioration of digestion. It belongs to the family Polygonaceae. This flowering perennial is also known as curled dock or curly dock.
Yellow dock is characterized by the presence of tall flower stalks, usually 1 meter high. Its leaves are a bit curled at the edges so they have earned the curly dock name. Yellow dock roots have been known to contain a myriad of fringe benefits. Oftentimes, yellow dock roots are used in traditional medicine to help with several diseased conditions.
Anciently, yellow dock root was wielded by Romans to cater to skin maladies. It is the best natural remedy for the attenuation of eczema, acne, psoriasis, and dermatitis. It is also helpful in purifying the blood, making the skin look fair and cherry-like. It can help with bacterial infections, intestinal problems, fungal infections, scurvy, respiratory tract infections, gastrointestinal tract infections (especially constipation, hemorrhoids, and bleeding conditions), STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases), jaundice, and arthritis.
Yellow dock root is eaten cooked as its raw form intake can lead to nausea, vomiting, respiratory depression, and even death. Yellow dock leaves are used in salads to impart sourness to the buds.