Apricot Seed Fact Sheet

(Prunus armeniaca)


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 You...

  • coughing and wheezing, bronchitis

  • asthma

  • emphysema

  • constipation.


If you have too much you may experience dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and headache and this can lead to more fatal symptoms and death.

WARNING:    This herb contains a poisonous substance and should only be used under the supervision of an experienced herbalist.    

Chinese medicine 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.