APRICOT

OTHER NAME(S):

Abricot, Abricot Sec, Albaricoque, Amygdalus armeniaca, Apricot Fruit, Apricot Fruit Juice, Apricot Juice, Armeniaca, Armeniaca vulgaris, Armenian Plum, Damasco, Dried Apricot, Fruit de l’Abricotier, Jardalu, Jus d’Abricot, Prunus armeniaca, Urumana, Urmanam.<br/><br/>

Overview

Overview Information

Apricot is the fruit from an apricot tree.

Apricot is used for asthma, cough, constipation, bleeding, infertility, eyeinflammation, spasm, and vaginal infections.

In manufacturing, apricot oil is used in cosmetics.

How does it work?

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

Uses

Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

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

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

Apricot is safe when consumed as a food. There is not enough information to know if it is safe when used for a medical condition.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

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

Interactions

Interactions?

We currently have no information for APRICOT Interactions.

Dosing

Dosing

The appropriate dose of 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 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

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