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BITTER DOCK
Common Dock, Broad-Leaved Dock

(Rumex Obtusifolius)


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  • Bitterdock Herbal Description
  • Bitterdock Uses, Health Benefits & Scientific Evidence
  • Bitterdock Dosage Information
  • Bitterdock Safety, Cautions & Interactions
  • Bitterdock Supplements & Products




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    BITTER DOCK HERBAL DESCRIPTION

    Bitter Dock (Rumex obtusifolius) is also commonly known as Blunt-Leaf Dock, Dock Leaf, Butter Dock, Broad-Leaved Dock, Common Dock, Red-Veined Dock, and Round-Leaved Dock.

    bitterdock flowerstalk


    Bitter Dock is best known as a tenacious, flowering garden weed that can grow 2 to 5 feet tall. It is a perennial herbaceous weed in the family Polygonaceae. It is native to Europe but can now be found in the United States and many other countries around the world. It has large oval leaves with cordate bases and rounded tips, some of the leaves having red stems. The edges of the leaves are slightly "crisped" or wavy, the upper surface is hairless and the under surface may be papillose. The leaves of this plant can grow t about 16 inches in length. The stems are tough, often reddish, and unbranched untill just below the inflorescence. The stem leaves are alternate and narrowly ovate-lanceolate. A tall stalk with tiny greenish flowers in dense clusters at the top of the stalk that change to red as they mature. The plant blooms June through September. Segments in the outer whorl are small and spreading while the inner whorl forms fruit valves, which are widely ovately-triangular. The seeds produces are dry and reddish-brown. The plant blooms June through September. There are more than 20 species of dock in the world but the main ones used medicinally are Bitter Dock, Yellow Dock, and Patience Dock.

    bitterdock fruits


    Even though the medicinal dock species vary in size, flower, fruit, and leaf, their medicinal and culinary uses are the same. In the 17th century, Bitter Dock root was used in a tea to alleviate toothache and was used to cure an itch when used as a wash. It was also used to clear up skin blemishes.





    BITTER DOCK USES, HEALTH BENEFITS & SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE

    Rumex obtusifolius is widely distributed throughout the world. It is a plant of arable land, meadows, waste ground, roadsides, ditches and shorelines. Seedlings can be identified by the oval leaves with red stems and rolled leaves sprouting from the center of the plant.

    Scientific studies have shown Bitter Dock tea to be effective as a laxative.

    Bitter Dock is also used though in treating conditions of the blood and glandular system and is indicated in scrofula, eruptive diseases, especially when discharges are experienced, as in running of the ears, ulcerated eyelids and skin conditions, itch, scurvy, and brittle nails.

    The 'milk' of the dock leaf is known to contain tannins and oxalic acid, which is an astringent. Broadleaf dock leaves have been used to soothe burns, blisters, and nettle stings.

    As a folk remedy, the root and fruit has been used as an astringent to help stop bleeding of the lungs, heavy menstrual flow, hemorrhoids, bleeding diarrhea, and also for tubercular lungs. A tea prepared from the root was thought to cure boils.





    BITTER DOCK DOSAGE INFORMATION

    Bitter Dock comes in various forms and is an ingredient in other products. For best results, read and follow product label directions.




    BITTER DOCK SAFETY, CAUTIONS & INTERACTIONS INFORMATION

    Bitter Dock is generally regarded as safe when taken in the recommended doses.

    Safety in young children, pregnant or nursing women, or those with severe liver or kidney disease is not known. If you are taking any medications (prescription or over-the-counter) it is best to seek the advice of your health care provider before using Bitter Dock for the treatment of your condition.

    WEED ERADICATION

    Bitter Dock (Broadleaf Dock) is considered a weed and is slightly poisonous. It is designated an "injurious weed" under the UK Weeds Act 1959. Livestock have been known to get sick after feeding on it. But eradicating the plants is difficult. The perennial plant can have a deep taproot reaching 5 feet down. Also, the milk of the plant has been known to cause mild dermatitis. Seeds have toothed wing structures, allowing them to be dispersed by wind or water, and also allow them to attach to animals or machinery to be spread great distances. They can lie dormant for years before germination, making vigilant pulling or tilling essential. First year plants can seed, making early detection important for eradication.

    The main weaknesses of Broadleaf are its poor competition, crowding causes flowering to be delayed for up to three years, and its susceptibility to disturbance. Frequent tilling will disrupt the roots and kill the older plants and seedlings. The plant also thrives in moist environments and improved drainage can also help control its growth. It has also been an invasive species of the Great lakes region where it was first sighted in 1840.





    BITTER DOCK HERBAL & RELATED PRODUCTS

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    BITTER DOCK HERBAL PRODUCTS

    No commercially prepared products and dried herbs are available through our merchants. Bitter Dock (Broad Leaf) will need to be wild harvested and prepared for use at home.



    YELLOW DOCK HERBAL PRODUCTS

    Yellow Dock is used in treating conditions of the blood and glandular system and is indicated in scrofula, eruptive diseases, especially when discharges are experienced, as in running of the ears, ulcerated eyelids and skin conditions, itch, scurvy, brittle nails, etc. This herb works in treating bowel infections, peptic ulcers and is stimulates the liver and bile production. It can also help improve digestion, and reduce flatulence and distension. The root is used in treating gout, arthritis, cystitis, water retention, urinary stones and gravel. In Bello, Russia, they use the flowers for dysentery, kidney and bladder, diarrhea, stomach sickness, and the root for pain after heavy lifting. Herbalists suggest using the mineral-rich plant for cancer, leprosy, bleeding of the lungs and bowels and for rheumatic conditions. Yellow Dock works well in treating skin problems such as weeping eczema, psoriasis, nettle rash, boils and abscesses by pulling toxins out of the tissues. It has also been used to treat irregular periods, heavy bleeding and menstrual pain and fibroids in the uterus. The iron in the root can provide an excellent remedy for anemia and can help reduce debility, mental lethargy, headaches, convalescence, low spirits and irritability.

    MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS PRODUCTS

    Mountain Rose Herbs: Yellow Dock Root (Rumex crispus), Certified Organic, Bulk Organic Herbs & Spices
    Mountain Rose Herbs: Yellow Dock Root Powder (Rumex crispus), Certified Organic, Bulk Organic Herbs & Spices
    Mountain Rose Herbs: Yellow Dock Extract, Wild Harvested, Single Herbal Extracts & Tinctures


    STARWEST BOTANICALS PRODUCTS

    Starwest Botanicals: Yellowdock Root, Cut & Sifted, Organic, 1 lb.
    Starwest Botanicals: Yellowdock Root, Cut & Sifted, Wildcrafted, 1 lb.
    Starwest Botanicals: Yellowdock Root Powder, Organic, 1 lb.
    Starwest Botanicals: Yellowdock Root Powder, Wildcrafted, 1 lb.


    HERBSPRO PRODUCTS

    HerbsPro: Yellow Dock Combination, Cut & Sifted, Dr. Christophers Formulas, 16 oz. (104579)
    HerbsPro: Yellow Dock Root (Rumex Crispus), Eclectic Institute, 475 mg, 90 Caps (1087)
    HerbsPro: Yellow Dock Root, Natures Way, 500 mg, 100 Caps (18160)
    HerbsPro: Yellow Dock Root (Rumex Crispus), Eclectic Institute, 45 Caps (32158)
    HerbsPro: Yellow Dock Root (Rumex Crispus), Eclectic Institute, 50 Caps (32160)
    HerbsPro: Yellow Dock Skin Cleanser, Botanical Purifier, Planetary Herbals, 60 Tabs (7193)
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    HerbsPro: Yellow Dock Extract, Herb Pharm, 1 fl. oz. (32457)
    HerbsPro: Yellow Dock Root Extract, Alcohol Free, Natures Answer, 1 fl. oz. (17361)
    HerbsPro: Yellow Dock Root Extract, Natures Answer, 1 fl. oz. (17362)
    HerbsPro: Yellow Dock Extract, Eclectic Institute Inc, 1 fl. oz. (32159)
    HerbsPro: Yellow Dock Root Extract, Natures Answer, 2 fl. oz. (88968)
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    HerbsPro: Yellow Dock Extract, Herb Pharm, 4 fl. oz. (32458)


    TAKEHERB PRODUCTS

    TakeHerb: Yellowdock Root Powder, Frontier Bulk Herbs, 1 lb.
    TakeHerb: Yellowdock Root Powder, Frontier Bulk Herbs, Organic, 1 lb.
    TakeHerb: Yellowdock Root, Cut & Sifted, Frontier Bulk Herbs, 1 lb.
    TakeHerb: Yellowdock Root, Organic, Cut & Sifted, Mountain Rose Herbs, 1 lb.
    TakeHerb: Yellowdock Root Powder, Organic, Mountain Rose Herbs, 1 lb.
    TakeHerb: Yellowdock Root, Cut & Sifted, Wildcrafted, Starwest Botanicals, 1 lb.
    TakeHerb: Yellowdock Root, Cut & Sifted, Organic, Starwest Botanicals, 1 lb.
    TakeHerb: Yellowdock Root Powder, Wildcrafted, Starwest Botanicals, 1 lb.
    TakeHerb: Yellowdock Root Powder, Organic, Starwest Botanicals, 1 lb.
    TakeHerb: Yellowdock Root Extract, Alcohol Free, Natures Answer, 1 fl. oz.
    TakeHerb: Yellowdock Extract, Kroeger Herb, 1 fl. oz.
    TakeHerb: Yellow Dock Extract, Eclectic Herb, 1 fl. oz.
    TakeHerb: Yellowdock Root Extract, Promotes Healthy Blood Levels, Natures Answer, 1 fl. oz.
    TakeHerb: Yellowdock Root Extract, Promotes Healthy Blood Levels, Natures Answer, 2 fl. oz.
    TakeHerb: Yellow Dock Extract, Eclectic Herb, 2 fl. oz.
    TakeHerb: Yellowdock Root Extract, For Anemia, Liver Congestion & Skin, High in Iron, Health Herbs, 2 fl. oz.
    TakeHerb: Yellow Dock Root, Gaia Herbs, 4 fl. oz.
    TakeHerb: Yellow Dock, Eclectic Herb, 50 VCaps
    TakeHerb: Yellow Dock, Eclectic Herb, 90 VCaps
    TakeHerb: Yellowdock Root, Herba Bitter, Natures Way, 100 Caps
    TakeHerb: Yellowdock Skin Cleanse, Planetary Herbals, 60 Tabs
    TakeHerb: Yellowdock Skin Cleanse, Planetary Herbals, 120 Tabs
    TakeHerb: Herbal Iron Formula, Dr. Christophers Original Formulas, 100 VCaps
    TakeHerb: LivCleanse Formula, Yerba Prima, 650 mg, 60 Tabs


    KALYX PRODUCTS

    Kalyx: Yellow Dock Extract (Rumex crispus), Health & Herbs, 2 fl. oz. (HH)
    Kalyx: Yellow Dock Extract (Rumex crispus), Health & Herbs, 8 fl. oz. (HH)
    Kalyx: Yellow Dock Extract (Rumex crispus), Health & Herbs, 16 fl. oz. (HH)
    Kalyx: Yellow Dock Root, Natures Way, 100 Caps (HF)
    Kalyx: Yellow Dock Root (Rumex crispus), Starwest Botanicals, 480 mg, 100 Caps (C)
    Kalyx: Yellow Dock Root Powder (Rumex crispus), Kalyx.com, 1 kg (2.2 lbs.) (RF)


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