Apart from contraception such as taking pills, mothers can take herbal medicine to delay pregnancy. Some people believe herbal ingredients can be used as a natural contraceptive.
Jamu is a concoction or traditional medicine made from plant parts, such as roots or leaves. Herbal medicine is usually consumed by drinking it at a certain time.
Until now, research on the benefits of herbal medicine has been put forward by many experts, Mother. Even so, you need to pay attention to consumption or consult a doctor first. Especially if Mom and Dad plan to drink herbal medicine to delay pregnancy.
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Herbal medicine to delay pregnancy
There are several herbs or herbal ingredients that are believed to prevent and delay pregnancy. Quoting from various sources, here are 7 herbs to delay pregnancy, as well as their effectiveness and side effects:
1. Turmeric herb
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) reported that several people in their 70s in western Nepal had previously used turmeric and water to prevent pregnancy. The concoction is to mix three spoons of turmeric powder with water and drink it after sexual intercourse.
Meanwhile, according to Bodyansoul, a study in 2011 observed the effect of curcumin in turmeric on sperm function. Sperm is collected and incubated with the spice agent curcumin.
When sperm is mixed with turmeric which contains high doses of curcumin, there is complete inhibition of sperm motility and function. This is the first study to report the inhibitory effect of curcumin on sperm function, fertilization, fertility.
The conclusion of this study shows that the curcumin in turmeric can be a potential contraceptive agent. Another conclusion, the use of herbal turmeric as a natural contraceptive can only be done by men.
Consuming turmeric to delay pregnancy should be consulted with an expert first. Consuming it too often can cause side effects, such as nausea and vomiting and disrupt the digestive system.
2. Ginger herbs
Ginger is known to increase menstrual flow. Herbalists suggest drinking four cups of ginger tea per day for no longer than five days to start your period. You can also mix a teaspoon of powdered ginger into about 170 milliliters (ml) of water.
Ginger is known to have emmenagogue properties, namely substances that can stimulate or increase blood flow during menstruation. It is this nature that can regulate the menstrual cycle, so it can prevent pregnancy.
Ginger water is generally consumed by mothers who experience irregular menstrual cycles. Conversely, this herbal drink is not suitable for consumption by pregnant women, because it can cause miscarriage if consumed in large quantities.
Ginger herbs to delay pregnancy can be made at home by boiling them in water for five minutes, then filtering them. Mothers can add honey as a sweetener. Ginger boiled water can be consumed twice a day or one glass every day, after sexual intercourse.
Drinking ginger should not be too much because the side effects can cause heartburn and digestive problems.
3. Decoction of rue plant
The decoction of the rue plant contains rutin which can stimulate adrenaline. Furthermore, this adrenaline can decrease capillary permeability in the uterus, which can thwart sperm implantation.
To make this concoction, you can put the rue plant in a cup and then pour boiling water over it. Let stand for 5 minutes then strain. Drink this concoction two to three times a day to prevent pregnancy.
Consuming boiled water from the rue plant can cause side effects such as cramps, drowsiness and dizziness. Excessive doses can have serious consequences causing stomach ache, nausea and vomiting, kidney damage, and breathing problems.
Illustration of herbal medicine or concoction to delay pregnancy/ Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto/tracielouise
4. Boiled water from stoneseed roots
Stoneseed root or the roots of the stoneseed plant are a natural contraceptive method which is said to be effective in preventing pregnancy. The roots of this plant are often used by Lakota Indian women to avoid unwanted pregnancies.
Stoneseed roots are usually processed into tea that is drunk. How to make it is quite easy, you can store the roots of the stoneseed in a cup of cold water and leave it for around 6 to 7 hours. The water is filtered and drunk regularly to prevent pregnancy.
Quoted from Web MD, so far, there have not been many studies explaining the safety of consuming water boiled with stoneseed roots. However, consuming large amounts of this herb can cause side effects, such as dizziness, nausea, pain when urinating, and stomach irritation.
5. Water the wild carrot seeds
Women in India consume wild carrot seeds after sexual intercourse because it is believed to delay pregnancy. Wild carrot seeds, also known as Queen Anne’s Lace, are believed to prevent egg implantation by interfering with progesterone synthesis.
These carrot seeds are said to be effective if taken immediately after unprotected sexual intercourse. Tea or potions are still considered affective if drunk within seven days after intercourse.
So far, there have not been many studies examining the efficacy of wild carrot seeds for preventing pregnancy. However, the side effects of consuming it can cause constipation, Mother.
6. Teh Blue Cohosh
Blue Cohosh is a plant that is often found in North America. The roots of this plant are often used as herbal medicine to treat certain diseases, such as stomach aches, sore throats, and treating pelvic inflammatory disease.
The roots of this plant are also believed to help delay pregnancy because it can stimulate menstruation. The roots contain two important substances, namely oxytocin and caulosaponin, which cause the uterus to contract. The plant can be consumed in the form of tea which is drunk about five days before the menstrual cycle begins.
You need to consume it carefully, especially if you have kidney or heart problems. Meanwhile, the side effects of consumption can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, chest pain, increased blood pressure and increased blood sugar.
7. Teh parsley
Parsley or parsley is a plant that is often used as a kitchen spice. Concoctions from this plant are also believed to be able to delay pregnancy.
Some people believe that parsley in tea form can stimulate menstruation, Mother. Reported by Healthline, parsley contains the compounds myristicin and apiole, which can influence estrogen production to help balance hormones. This plant is also considered an emmenagogue.
Parsley tea is often found in formulations and marketed to support menstrual health and prevent breast milk production in breastfeeding mothers. However, research on the effects of parsley tea on menstruation and breast milk production is currently limited and mostly based on anecdotal evidence. Further research is needed to evaluate the potential effects of parsley tea on humans.
In some people, parsley can cause allergic skin reactions. Consuming large amounts may be unsafe and has the potential to cause anemia and liver or kidney problems.
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