Breech

Turning Breech Babies

If your baby is in a breech position at 34-35 weeks we will teach you the “moxibustion protocol for breech babies”. Moxibustion is the burning of the herb, moxa (artemisia vulgaris) and this is done is such a way that warmth is applied to the acupuncture point Bl67 Zhi Yin located on the outside of the little toe.

Just one appointment needs to be booked with the acupuncturist to check for contra-indications and to receive a demonstatration, full tuition and moxa supplies. You need to be prepared to repeat the procedure every day for 10 days.

Research:

A Cochrane systematic review of studies in 2005 had decided that there was insufficient evidence to support the use of moxibustion to correct a breech presentation. It did comment that moxibustion might be beneficial in reducing the need for ECV, and decreasing the use of ocytocin.
A Dutch study published in 2010 appears to suggest that the number of breech presentations at term could be reduced. In this study the moxa treatment is started at 33 weeks.

References:

Coyle M.E., Smith C.A., & Peat B. (2005) Cephalic version by moxibustion for breech presentation. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2005, Issue 2

Van den Berg, I., Kaandorp, G.C., Bosch, J.L., Duvekot, J.J., Arends, L. R. & Hunink, M. G. (2010) Cost-effectiveness of breech version by acupuncture-type interventions on BL 67, including moxibustion, for women with a breech foetus at 33 weeks gestation: a modelling approach. Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 18(2):67-77.