Dangers of Fatimah Grass for Women
by Dr. Suryo Bawono, SpOG
I will tell stories between moments that I have experienced. At that time I was serving in the Banyumas Regional Hospital, in Central Java. As a description, Banyumas Regional Hospital at that time was a public hospital which was quite popular with patients with the cleanliness of a five-star hotel.
I accept patients who come with first pregnancy, gestational age 9 months. and has begun to enter labor with regular uterine contractions and opening 2 cm approximately at 7-8 in the morning. The results of fetal heart recording show that the fetus is in good condition and can do labor. Since the opening is still small, the patient is rested in the room while waiting for the opening to be added.
At that time I stayed full day in the hospital 24-7 in other words 24 hours and 7 days. When I was resting in the afternoon at 7 pm, suddenly I was shocked by the news from the midwife who told me that the patient was in pain and when the heart's recording was done, the heart rate was gone, in other words the fetus had died. The patient's husband and patient's family were partly angry and blamed me for the treatment they received.
When I worked on the control, I found an unusual condition. The opening is still 2-3 cm with a very strong contraction that is like a contraction at the opening of 8-9 cm.
I feel that there must be something wrong, when I asked the family, was there something "prefixed" that they didn't recognize. I asked my midwife to check into a patient's room, was there anything suspicious while I kept summarizing information from the patient's family.
They still try to blame the treatment of the sick residence for the death of the fetus. But then the midwife will guard to find a 'grass' bath and a glass in the patient's room, and then the patient's family confesses.
In fact the patient was given a drink soaking fatimah grass while in the treatment room, and this is beyond the knowledge of the doctor. As we know that the 'grass of Fatimah' (Labisa pumila) comes from the Middle East and has another designation such as Kaf Mariyam (Arabic) which means 'Mariyam's palm', and some westerners call it the Jericho Rose.
This plant has a uterotonic effect in other words it can cause uterine contractions.
The resulting uterine contractions can cause labor, therefore some people use this plant to 'expedite labor'.
However the dosage size cannot be assured, with this the safety limit is also difficult to set. If one substance can cause contractions, so in the low content can `facilitate labor '.
But at high content there is a danger that lurks, which can cause contractions that are too excessive or over (medical meaning:
hyperstimulation). The following conditions are very risky because they can cause the fetus to be unable to die, or even the uterus that is unable to be torn and cause the death of the mother and fetus.
Therefore, I always appeal to all patients, patients' families, acquaintances, partners, neighbors and so on to spread the danger of this beautiful Fatimah. Do not ever consume this Fatimah grass when the fetus is still in the stomach, but if the baby is born, please just want to drink how much you want there will be no problems.
Please disseminate this information, you and I all have a responsibility to share this information with anyone because this information can save someone's life.