Chinese Medicine, in particular moxibustion (Moxa), is good at addressing breech presentations a relatively common occurrence in pregnancies. It is a simple treatment aiming to increase fetal activity thus encouraging correct position for the baby.
If the baby is breech, transverse or any other non-optimal presentation 34weeks is the best time for treatment. Studies show the success rate of turning breech presentation is between 89-90% when treatment is started at 34weeks (Wei Wen Co-operative Research Group). This success rate does tend to decline as the baby grows with other studies showing a 60% success rate at 38weeks, still high enough odds to give it a try.
Treatment for breech presentation involves acupuncture and the application of a Moxa stick at a point on the side of the little toe called Zhiyin (see image below).
You will be taught how to do Moxa so you or your support person can confidently carry out the treatment at home for the next week. We will then touch base again for more acupuncture, and if the baby has not turned home moxa will resume for another week.
More clinical studies:
“Acupuncture plus moxibustion to resolve breech presentation: a randomized controlled study.” Published by the Journal of Fetal Maternal and Neonatal Medicine 2003. This study looked at correcting fetal breech presentation with the stimulation of the acupoint BL67 by moxibustion or acupuncture. The study concluded that acupuncture and moxibustion is effective in revolving foetuses that are in the breech position. READ MORE
“Moxibustion for Correction of Breech Presentation”
Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association1998. This study showed that 98 (75.4%) of the 130 fetuses in the intervention group were cephalic at birth.READ MORE