Botanical Name: Rumex crispus
Energetics: Cooling, moistening. I find it to be useful regardless of the person's energetics
Major Properties: Alterative, laxative
Examples of Uses: Anemia, blood impurities, fatigue, non-obstructive jaundice
Parts Used: Root dug at end of first year. The plant is a biennial, growing a flowering stalk the 2nd year. Root is best before flowering stalk appears.
Some people use the fresh, spring leaves as a food source.
The first thing that comes to mind when I hear yellow dock is using it in cases of iron-deficient anemia. The tincture itself doesn’t have much iron, but it helps the body assimilate the iron it has and helps the liver process iron and nutrients better. It’s one of my go-to herbs if someone complains of fatigue, as often that can be due to low iron. I posted previously a recipe for an iron tonic that uses yellow dock root for that reason.
Also often useful for either diarrhea or constipation.
May help with poor fat digestion and acid reflux.
This brief overview merely highlights my observations. There is, of course, a great deal of information that you can find on the Internet or in books. Or better yet - get together with other herbalists and share your experiences!
Please add your own experiences so that together we can create a more comprehensive overview.
As always, if you have a chronic ailment that is not resolving itself or an acute issue, seek the attention of your physician.