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Overview Information

Japanese apricot is a small ornamental fruit tree. It produces a yellow fruit and has fragrant pink and white blossoms. The fruit, branches, and flowers are used to make medicine.

People take Japanese apricot for fever, cough, stomach and intestinal disorders, trouble sleeping (insomnia), menopausal symptoms, cancer, and prevention of heart disease. It is also used for detoxification and thirst.

Japanese apricot is sometimes applied directly to the skin for sunburn.

In manufacturing, Japanese apricot is added to cosmetic lotions.

Japanese apricot fruit juice is a traditional Japanese beverage.

How does it work?

There is not enough information to know how Japanese apricot might work for any medical condition.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Japanese apricot for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

The processed fruit seems to be safe in food amounts. But the raw fruit might be UNSAFE to eat because it contains toxic chemicals. Only processed fruit products should be eaten.

There is not enough information to know if it is safe to use Japanese apricot in medicinal amounts or apply it to the skin.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of Japanese apricot during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Surgery: Japanese apricot might slow blood clotting. There is some concern that it might increase the risk of bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using Japanese apricot at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.



Moderate Interaction

Be cautious with this combination

  • Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs) interacts with JAPANESE APRICOT

    Japanese apricot flower extract might slow blood clotting. Taking Japanese apricot flower extracts along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.<br><nb>Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, others), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, warfarin (Coumadin), and others.



The appropriate dose of Japanese apricot depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for Japanese apricot. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

View References


  • Chuda Y, Ono H, Ohnishi-Kameyama M, et al. Mumefural, citric acid derivative improving blood fluidity from fruit-juice concentrate of Japanese apricot (Prunus mume Sieb. et Zucc).J Agric Food Chem 1999;47:828-31. . View abstract.
  • Ina H, Yamada K, Matsumoto K, Miyazaki T. Effects of benzyl glucoside and chlorogenic acid from Prunus mume on adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) and catecholamine levels in plasma of experimental menopausal model rats. Biol Pharm Bull 2004;27:136-7.. View abstract.
  • Matsuda H, Morikawa T, Ishiwada T, et al. Medicinal flowers. VIII. Radical scavenging constituents from the flowers of Prunus mume: structure of prunose III. Chem Pharm Bull (Tokyo) 2003;51:440-3.. View abstract.
  • Ninomiya K, Tanaka S, Kawata S, Makisumi S. Purification and properties of an aminopeptidase from seeds of Japanese apricot. J Biochem (Tokyo) 1981;89:193-201.. View abstract.

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