Apricot (Prunus armeniaca) is a small tree that grows a fruit that is commonly eaten as food. The fruit, juice, and leaves have also been used as medicine.

Apricot is used for asthma, constipation, infertility, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support any use.

Do not confused apricot with the kernel inside of the fruit (apricot kernel) or with Japanese apricot. These are not the same.
When taken by mouth: Apricot fruit is commonly consumed as a food. There isn't enough reliable information to know if apricot fruit or leaf is safe when used as medicine or what the side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Apricot fruit is commonly consumed as a food. There isn't enough reliable information to know if apricot fruit or leaf is safe to use as medicine when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick to food amounts.


There is interest in using apricot for a number of purposes, but there isn't enough reliable information to say whether it might be helpful.
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Dosing & administration

There isn't enough reliable information to know what an appropriate dose of apricot might be. 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 a healthcare professional before using.

Interactions with pharmaceuticals

It is not known if Apricot interacts with any medicines. Before taking Apricot, talk with your healthcare professional if you take any medications.

Interactions with herbs & supplements

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

Interactions with foods

There are no known interactions with foods.
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