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.


Overview Information

Apricot is the fruit from an apricot tree. The fruit and fruit juice are used as medicine.

Apricot is used for asthma, constipation, infertility, vaginal infections, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

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 & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

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

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: Apricot is LIKELY SAFE when consumed as a food. There isn't enough reliable information to know if apricot is safe when used as medicine or what the side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if apricot is safe to use as medicine when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.



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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.

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