Moxibustion & Breech Presentation – Koten Acupuncture Gold Coast

Moxibustion & Breech Presentation

Posted: 12 Dec, 2011


Koten Acupuncture Gold Coast- Women’s Health Acupuncture


Moxibustion for correcting breech presentation


A 3-year study published in AJCM (2001), based in a facility where 1437 births were reported, examined how effective moxibustion and acupuncture were in turning breech presentation; the outcomes were more then impressive. Only women 28 weeks or later, whom were diagnosed with breech presentation, partook in the study. The control group consisted of 224 women whom were given exercise and external cephalic manipulation (external manipulation for breech presentation) this group experienced a spontaneous correction rate of 73%.

The second group consisted of 133 women that met the same criteria as the control group, 28 weeks pregnant or later and diagnosed with breech presentation. They received 30 minutes of Moxibustion to UB 67 daily plus Acupuncture, without exercise and external cephalic manipulation. The outcome in this group was a correction in presentation rate of 92%, impressive right?

The study went on to conclude that Moxibustion and Acupuncture are effective, and most importantly safe modalities to correct breech presentation in a clinical setting. Optimum time for correcting a breech presentation with Moxibustion is at 34 weeks, although it is possible to assist the correction of a breech presentation up to 39 weeks (Betts, D, 2006 p, 132).

Please note, it is important to point out that some babies are stubborn, and will remain in the breech position. It is always imperative that this situation is discussed with your primary health practitioner before any decisions are made.



Moxibustion treatment of Breech presentation AJCM (2001) Kanakura, Kometani, Nagata et. al.

Betts, D, 2006, The Essential guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth, The Journal of Chinese Medicine Ltd, East Sussex England.

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