Western scientific and medical studies have shown its use is effective in accomplishing this.
It can also be used for helping babies who aren’t in optimal positions to achieve them, such as babies who are in a posterior position. This will help to ensure as little medical intervention as possible during the birth.
Moxa is an intense burning herb which is used to impart energy into acupuncture points in Chinese Medicine. It can be placed in little cones on the top of needles, but it is more commonly used as a stick (shaped like a cigar) which is lit at one end and then held over points.
In the case of a breech baby, the moxa stick is used over a very specific acupuncture point on the little toe.
The hot energy enters through the point and moves up through an energy pathway into the womb. This feeds the baby with lots of energy, causing them to become very active and to move their position in the womb. As they move their head can then enter into the best position in the pelvis.
After a moxa and acupuncture treatment many women report to feeling the baby moving. It is a very safe non-invasive treatment. And when performed correctly by a skilled Chinese Medical Practitioner, is a completely painless procedure, which has never been known to cause any ill side effects. Generally it often takes several treatments for the baby to turn fully.
The study involved 260 women in their 33rd week of pregnancy. Half of the women received the moxibustion treatment. And the other half received no treatment at all. By the 35th week, 75% of the babies in the moxa group had turned into the correct position, whereas only 48% in the group without treatment had entered the correct position.
Study Ref :-
Cardini F. & Weixin H. (1998). Moxibustion for correction of breech presentation: A randomized controlled trial. JAMA 280(18), 1580-1584.
Moxibustion and acupuncture for breech babies and also for other health related issues during pregnancy is available at the Leixlip Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Clinic.