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apricot (Prunus armeniaca)

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apricot (Prunus armeniaca) fruits on tree branch with leaves

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Common name(s): apricot
Family: Rosaceae
Origin: Asia
Parts used: leaves, fruits, kernels
Constituents: amygdalin, quercetin, proanthocyanidins, catechins, epicatechins, hydroxycinnamics, gallic acid, caffeic acid, coumaric acid, ferulic acid
Therapeutic actions: analgesic, anthelmintic, antiasthmatic, antipyretic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitussive, emollient, expectorant, laxative, ophthalmic, sedative, tonic, vulnerary
Organs or systems affected: gastrointestinal system, heart, skin, eyes, kidneys
Main medicinal uses:
  • protects against inflammation
  • supports healthy blood pressure
  • protects eyesight
  • promotes gut health and helps digestion
  • eases constipation
  • treats anemia
  • relieves asthma
Counterindications: Fruit is generally regarded as safe. Pay special attention to kernels, as they are known to be toxic if consumed in large quantities.