Japanese Apricot

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What other names is Japanese Apricot known by?

Abricotier du Japon, Abricotier Japonais, Albaricoque de Flores Japonesas, Albaricoque Japonés, Albaricoquero del Japón, Albaricoquero Japonés, Apricot Tree, Árbol de Chabacano, Armeniaca mume, Beni Chidori, Chabacano Japonés, Chidori Beni, Ciruela China, Japanese Flowering Apricot, Jugo de Wu-Mei, Mae-Sil-Na-Moo, Mei, Mume, Pickled Ume, Prunus mume, Ume, Umé, Ume Brandy, Ume en Escabeche, Wu-Mei Juice.

What is Japanese Apricot?

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.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

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

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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How does Japanese Apricot work?

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

Are there safety concerns?

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.

Are there any interactions with medications?



Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs)
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.

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.

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.

Dosing considerations for Japanese Apricot.

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.

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Reviewed on 3/29/2011 12:35:40 PM

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