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The Health Benefits of Yellow Dock Root

by Katie Stone, ND June 01, 2018 2 min read

The Health Benefits of Yellow Dock Root

This common plant is rich is antioxidants that have been shown to reduce oxidative stress. It’s been used by Native American tribes used the root for many conditions from alleviating external swelling and sores to constipation and blood cleansing. 

Liver Detoxification

Yellow dock is a beneficial herb for detoxification, thanks to its ability to cleanse the body of toxins.  Research suggests that it helps to stimulate the action of the lymphatic system throughout the body, increasing the rate at which harmful pollutants are flushed out.

Yellow dock is often included in many traditional blood cleansing formulas, including Essiac Tea.

In addition, yellow dock also acts as a diuretic, increasing the frequency of urination to assist in toxin elimination. It also helps to stimulate peristalsis and increase the secretion of mucous and water in the colon, improving the rate at which waste is removed from the body.


Yellow dock root helps to stimulates bile production, which increases the rate at which the body can break down fats and lipids.

It’s also a source of anthraquinones, which are useful for smoothing the bowel movements and preventing constipation. In this way, yellow dock root can also help to stimulate the bowels and speed bowel transit time. This is important for moving any old waste siting in the intestinal tract.

Maintaining an efficient rate of waste elimination can help to prevent toxins from accumulating in various organs such as the liver and gallbladder, as well as the bloodstream.


Studies of yellow dock’s antioxidant potential have confirmed it harbors powerful compounds that help to reduce oxidative stress caused by free radicals.

Research conducted in India shows that yellow dock has effective antioxidant activity that works to scavenge oxidative damage and free radicals throughout the body, including within liver tissue. (1)

It’s also been found that the phytochemical content of the root means the antioxidants within yellow dock are higher in the root than the leaves. 

This is believed to account for the frequent use of the root more than the leaves in traditional medicine, particularly in treating parasitic infections.


Some sources have found that yellow dock is a good source of several vitamins and minerals, including Vitamins A and C. These vitamins are antioxidants, contributing to the yellow dock’s detoxification benefits.

Yellow dock is also a source of potassium, which helps with fluid regulation in the body. Anecdotal evidence also suggests that yellow dock can help to prevent and treat iron-deficiency anemia.


Historically, yellow dock has been used to treat various bacterial infections and even sexually transmitted diseases.

It also appears to be helpful is treating intestinal infections, fungal infections, and skin diseases.

Katie Stone, ND
Katie Stone, ND

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