Yellow Dock Root (Rumex crispus)

By Napiers


A herbal food supplement


Rumex crispus


Yellow or Curly Dock Root




A common plant often considered a weed and found throughout the British Isles.


The loose dried chopped root.


100g / 500g Pouch. Not currently available to customers in the EU.


Vegetarians and vegans.


Infusion: 1 teaspoons of herb to a cup of cold water. Pour boiling water over the herb and leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes. Flavour with lemon, ginger or honey if desired. Drink 3 times a day unless otherwise told by a medical herbalist.


Do not take if you have an intestinal obstruction. This herb is considered safe in food amounts. Maximum of 12g per day may be taken as a powder or capsules. Do not take if you are allergic to this plant or other members of this plant's family (Polygonaceae). Yellow dock is a very mild laxative. When used as a skin herb a mild flare-up may occur at the start of treatment. This herb may be used with caution in pregnancy and breastfeeding. If in doubt, please ask us or your medical herbalist. If you are taking any medication, please speak to your healthcare practitioner before using this product. Discontinue use and consult a doctor if adverse reactions occur. This product should not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet or lifestyle. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Theoretically, anthraquinone containing herbs could interact with thiaxide diuretics, corticosteroids, digoxin or antiarhythmmic drugs, although this is unlikely to occur as yellow dock contains very low levels of anthraquinone glycosides.

Herbal remedies and supplements can interact with medicines. If you are taking medication please check with your medical practitioner, or call us, before taking herbs, supplements and medication together.


Dock is not often used as a food as it is bitter. However, traditionally a dock pudding was made in the north of England. The roots can be roasted and eaten however it is advisable to blanch them first and roast them with honey to reduce the bitterness.


Liver tonic & cleansing herb, useful in skin conditions and mild constipation.

Key actions: Mild laxative, depurative (detoxifying), cholagogue (acts on bile).

In clinic: Herbalists use this herb in chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis, in treating obstructive jaundice and constipation.

If you are interested in the medicinal use of this herb please consult a herbalist. Herbs are generally used at medicinal strength, in blends, prescribed for each unique patient's condition.


Keep sealed in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Keep out of reach of children.

Pouches: Packaged in a biodegradable stand-up resealable pouch. Made with 45% - 60% renewable wood pulp starch. When placed into a composting environment the pouches will biodegrade to compost within 3 months.

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Napiers the Herbalists was founded by Duncan Napier, a Victorian botanist and the most famous herbalist in Scotland.