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Japanese apricot is a small fruit tree. The fruit, branches, and flowers are used to make medicine.

People take Japanese apricot for colds, stomach and intestinal disorders, to prevent heart disease, sunburn, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

In manufacturing, Japanese apricot is added to cosmetic lotions.

Japanese apricot fruit juice is a traditional Japanese beverage.

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Japanese apricot contains chemicals that might kill cancer cells and certain bacteria. Japanese apricot might also help to prevent heart disease by lowering levels of fat in the blood and allowing the blood to flow better.

When taken by mouth: Dried or pickled Japanese apricot is LIKELY SAFE when eaten in food amounts. An extract of dried Japanese apricot is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth short-term. Side effects might include upset stomach or constipation. In rare cases, allergic reactions might occur. Raw Japanese apricot is POSSIBLY UNSAFE to eat. The raw fruit contains toxic chemicals. Only processed fruit products should be used.

When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if Japanese apricot is safe or what the side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

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

Diabetes: Japanese apricot might lower blood sugar. Watch for signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and monitor your blood sugar carefully if you have diabetes and use Japanese apricot.

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

Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs)

Interaction Rating=Moderate Be cautious with this combination.

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.

Herbs and supplements that might lower blood sugar: Japanese apricot might lower blood sugar. Using it along with other herbs and supplements that might also lower blood sugar may cause blood sugar levels to drop too low. Some of these products are devil's claw, fenugreek, guar gum, Panax ginseng, and Siberian ginseng.
Herbs and supplements that might slow blood clotting: Japanese apricot flower extract might slow blood clotting. There is some concern that taking Japanese apricot extract along with other natural products that have this same effect might increase the risk of bruising and bleeding. Some other herbs with that can slow blood clotting include angelica, clove, danshen, garlic, ginger, ginkgo, and many others. Don't use Japanese apricot with any of these.

There are no known interactions with foods.

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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