Dried fruit stalks have been used in flower arrangements and holiday wreaths.
Native Americans reportedly used the seeds in flour and meal; they cooked a mush from the seeds, but only in times of need.
During early spring and summer the leaves are edible as cooked greens in limited quantities. Leaves reportedly are high in vitamins C and A.
Various parts of curly dock were used medicinally for a variety of ailments including rheumatism, jaundice, scurvy, and skin diseases, and were administered as a syrup or in externally applied ointments.