Seed Fact Sheet
Apricot seeds are used by
Chinese herbalists to relieve bronchial problems. These seeds also known as bitter
almonds, are believed to serve as an expectorant and also help to stop coughing. In
addition apricot seeds may act as a laxative. In traditional Chinese medicine, apricot
seeds are classified as bitter and slightly warm.
How It May Benefit
If you have too much you
may experience dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and headache and this can lead to more fatal
symptoms and death.
This herb contains a poisonous substance and should only be used under the
supervision of an experienced herbalist.
practitioners have advised using extreme caution in using apricot seeds to treat children
or patients with diarrhoea.
Some Chinese medicine
practitioners believe that apricot seeds should not be taken with the herbs - astragalus,
skullcap, or kudzu root.
Apricot seeds or cough
syrups made from them are available.