Moxa for a breech baby
Many women with a breech baby often enquire about how moxa or acupuncture can help turn their baby. Moxa is made from the herb Artemisia vulgaris, commonly known as Mugwort. It is dried and rolled into a cigar like shape. One end is lit and held roughly 1 - 2 cms above the skin so a gentle yet significant heat is felt. Moxibustion (the application of moxa) can be used anywhere on the body that warmth is needed, but for the purposes of turning a breech baby we focus on applying moxibustion to one specific point on the pinky toes. This point is known as "Bladder 67" or Zhiyin. The moxa is used to warm this point for 20 minutes on each toe. Ten consecutive days of moxa treatment constitutes one course of breech turning moxibustion. At Point Specifics, we use a combination of acupuncture and moxa to help turn a breech baby. Jacinda selects acupuncture points on the arms and legs based on the woman's other presenting signs and symptoms, her pulse and her tongue. The acupuncture has a general focus on increasing and/or stimulating circulation to the uterus in an effort to encourage the baby to move. She then shows how the woman can perform moxa treatment on herself safely at home for the next 10 days.