Kacip fatimah is one of the most popular and potent ingredient used in traditional herbal preparation or jamus for afterbirth care. Kacip Fatimah is traditionally used to maintain a healthy female reproductive system, to help tighten and lubricate, and to enhance sexual function.
Kacip Fatimah is rich in phytoestrogen and isoflavones, that may ease menopausal symptoms. In Malaysia, Labisia pumila is popularly known locally as Selusuh Fatimah (literally Fatimah's childbirth medicine) and Kacip Fatimah (Fatimahs betel scissors).
The Labisia pumila roots were found to contain a benzoquinone derivative and mixture of resorcinol derivatives.