Acupuncture West London is a fully certified member of the Acupuncture Fertility Network (AFN). Membership to the AFN indicates a particular interest in the treatment of fertility with traditional acupuncture. All AFN practitioners have completed postgraduate-level training in gynaecology with a specific emphasis on training to support assisted protocols. AFN membership denotes a commitment to ongoing postgraduate study in the areas of fertility and gynaecology, working to maintain an understanding of all current treatment protocols.
WHAT DO OUR PATIENTS THINK?
“I read that moxibustion therapy could help turn a breach baby. At 37 weeks, I was a little anxious but spoke to Ben on the phone before booking an appointment. He explained everything clearly and really helped to calm me down. The appointment was great. Ben even gave me some moxibustion to take home and detailed instructions. I was amazed that it worked after a few days. So grateful. Thankyou so much!”
MOXIBUSTION FOR BREECH POSITION PREGNANCY
By approximately week 34-36 of pregnancy, a baby should have moved into a head-down position within the mother’s pelvis in preparation for birth. However, when a baby fails to move into place, this is known as ‘breech position’. In this instance, a specialist may attempt an external cephalic version (ECV) to turn the foetus manually. An ECV can be uncomfortable and should only be attempted by a trained professional. If unsuccessful, an emergency caesarian section may be considered to be the safest course of action for delivery.
Within Chinese medicine, moxibustion or moxa is used frequently to turn a breech position baby. Moxa is a type of heat therapy in which dried mugwort is burned on or very near the skin’s surface. Applied to acupuncture point Bl-67 (ZhiYin – Extremity of Yin) bilaterally, research by Cardini and Weixin (1998) suggests that treatment at 34 weeks will turn the foetus in approximately 75% of cases – more than 27% more effective than no intervention whatsoever. While it is best to seek treatment as close to 34 weeks as possible, treatment may still be successful up to 39 weeks.
A moxibustion treatment for a breech position pregnancy is non-invasive and requires only a single appointment. Your practitioner will perform the first treatment and demonstrate how to continue therapy at home.
Can acupuncture help me?
For the most up-to-date research and evidence on the efficacy of acupuncture, please visit the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) website.