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The healing power of common sorrel


    1. Phytotherapy and homeopathy Traditional use Naming Active substances Sorrel for blood purification Common sorrel, good for the liver and for constipation Sorrel in anemia Dose and safety Visit a doctor or herbalist

    Phytotherapy and homeopathy

    1. There is a lot of vitamin A in the leaf. In addition to its nutritional value, common sorrel also has healing power. It is used as a medicinal plant in both phytotherapy and homeopathy. In homeopathy it is used, among other things, for coughing, the dissipation of fluid and constipation. In phytotherapy it is mainly a means for chronic skin conditions and autoimmune diseases. Furthermore, the effect in both forms of medicine has a great overlap. An example of this is: in phytotherapy, just as in homeopathy, the laxative effect is recognized.

    Traditional use

    1. Despite the toxicity of yellow dock, it was still used for food. What they did was the following: it was boiled and the cooking water was changed several times. In this way as much oxalic acid as possible was removed from the leaf. In addition to vitamin A, the leaf contains iron and potassium. It is a plant that you can eat, but constantly boiling it in new cooking water is somewhat laborious. However, it doesn't hurt to add a few young leaves to a salad.


    1. In Latin, common sorrel is called Rumex crispus. Crispus is the Latin word for "curly".

    Active ingredients

    1. The root of yellow sorrel is used for phytotherapeutic purposes. The locust root contains the following active substances: anthraquinone glycosides such as nepodine, physcion and emodine, tannins, oxalates, the minerals iron and phosphorus, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 and C, oxalic acid and calcium oxalate. It also has access to the bitter substances including rumicin and resins.

    Acid for blood purification

    1. Sorrel is a depurative herb. This means that the blood is purified by eating the sorrel root. Toxins that can cause illness are eliminated from the body; thus the cause of some skin diseases and rheumatic diseases is eliminated. Phytotherapists mainly prescribe it for the following indications:

    Sorrel, good for the liver and for constipation

    1. It is described above that curly sorrel has a purifying effect. This is partly because it has a mild laxative effect. The anthraquinones are responsible for this, although their effect is partly neutralized by the tannins present. In addition, yellow dock has a cholagogue or bile-floating effect. That makes it good for the liver and also ensures better digestion and purification of waste products. Besides good for blood purification, yellow sorrel is also good for these medicinal properties:

    Sorrel in anemia

    1. The high iron content is reason to include yellow sorrel in a diet that prevents anemia. In addition, together with many other medicinal plants and vegetables, yellow sorrel has the effect of a tonic for the body; it strengthens the body in a general sense. Its blood-purifying and strengthening properties are reason to prescribe it for fatigue. It has also been used as an adjuvant in cancer.

    Dose and Safety

    1. There are a number of ways to use this medicinal plant.

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