The Cayce Herbal 
 A Comprehensive Guide to the  
Botanical Medicine of Edgar Cayce
Yellow Dock

Botanical Name: Rumex crispus

Common Names and Synonyms: Curled Dock, Narrow-leaffed Dock

Background: Native to Europe and now widely distributed in North American, yellow dock has traditionally been used as a mild laxative and liver cleanser.  It was also used externally to relieve insect stings.  Today, herbalists use yellow dock as a blood cleanser, tonic and builder.  It is also used to stimulate the liver and gallbladder and aid in digestion.  The characteristic of this plant is the light green narrow leaves, curled  at the long edges, a stem 2 or 3 feet high, and a deep root which is bright yellow when the outer bark is scraped away. The roots are gathered in the fall,  thoroughly cleaned, split lengthwise, and dried.  A tea made from yellow dock root is mildly cathartic and promotes the flow of bile.
Yellow Dock in the Cayce Readings

  • Edgar Cayce recommended yellow dock root as a digestive aid and blood purifier, working especially with the liver and pancreas.
  • Various amounts of yellow dock root were recommended with the following frequency:
      2 ounces 124 readings
      1 ounce 43 readings
      1/2 ounce 30 readings
      1/4 ounce 3 readings
  • Various forms of yellow dock root were also recommended:
    • Fluid extract of yellow dock root

      1/2 ounce 17 readings
      1/4 ounce 3 readings
      1 ounce 1 reading
      2 ounces 1 reading
    • Tincture of yellow dock root:

      1/2 ounce  7 readings
      1/4 ounce 3 readings
      20 minims 1 reading
    • Essence of yellow dock root:

      1/4 ounce 9 readings
      1/2 ounce 4 readings
      30 minims 1 reading
    • Syrup of yellow dock root: 1/2 ounce (1 reading), 1/4 ounce (1 reading).
    • Elixir of yellow dock root: 1 ounce (1 reading).
  • Yellow dock root was always recommended with other substances in a compound, never by itself.  Although a wide diversity of  formulas were given, the most common substances in mentioned in the same readings as yellow dock root are as follows:
      Tolu 209 readings
      Wild Cherry 175 readings
      Sarsaparilla 174 readings
      Burdock Root 142 readings
      Elder Flower 116 readings
      Buchu Leaves  102 readings
      Calisaya 88 readings
      Mandrake 87 readings
      Prickly Ash 73 readings
      Stillingia 54 readings
Cayce Quotes on Yellow Dock

    The Yellow Dock acts with the DIGESTIVE fluids themselves.

    The yellow dock root is an emit and blood purifier, an active principle with the secretions of the liver.

    We find these conditions, for the condition to produce the proper secretions to the pancreas and to give the correct functioning of the liver these elements are added in those of the Burdock and Yellow Dock root, you see; for that of the liver and to reduce the high hepatic condition is given the Black root and Yellow root ...


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