ENCOURAGE A HEALTHY
PREGNANCY AND BIRTH
MOXIBUSTION AND BREECH BABY
Studies (1)(2)(3)(4) support the use of Moxibustion at an acupuncture point located on the corner of the nail of the 5th toe, may encourage to correct non-vertex presentation when used between 33 and 35 weeks of gestation.(2)
Moxa is usually applied over several nights, or until the baby has turned itself. Women will also be given moxa sticks to continue the course of treatment at home.
1. Van Der Berg et al, Cost-effectiveness of breech version by acupuncture-type interventions on BL67, including moxibustion, for a women with a breech foetus at 33 weeks gestation: a modelling approach. Complement Ther Med, 2010; 18 (2);66-67.
2. Vas J, et al, Using moxibustion in primary healthcare to correct non-vertex presentation: a multicentre randomised controlled trial. Acupuncture in Medicine 2013;31:31–38.
3. Van der Berg et al, Effectiveness of acupuncture-type interventions versus expectant management to correct breech presentation: A systematic review. Complement Ther Med, 2008; 16(2):92-100
4. Hebek D et al, Acupuncture conversion of metal breech presentation. Fetal Diagn Therm. 2003;18(6); 418-21.