May 30, 2016

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...

  • Fever.
  • Cough.
  • Stomach disorders.
  • Trouble sleeping (insomnia).
  • Menopausal symptoms.
  • Cancer.
  • Prevention of heart disease.
  • Sunburn, when applied to the skin.
  • Other conditions.
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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