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Moxibustion for Breech Babies: A Traditional Chinese Medicine Approach to Turning Your Baby Naturally

Moxibustion for Breech Babies: A Traditional Chinese Medicine Approach to Turning Your Baby Naturally

Moxibustion, a form of traditional Chinese medicine, has been used for centuries to help turn breech babies into the optimal position for birth. In this blog post, we will explore the benefits and effectiveness of moxibustion for breech babies, how it works, and why working with a qualified acupuncturist is essential for the safest experience. 

What is Moxibustion?

Moxibustion is a technique that involves the burning of moxa, a dried herb derived from the mugwort plant (Artemisia vulgaris). It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years to improve circulation, stimulate energy flow (Qi), and promote healing.


The process involves placing a small amount of moxa close to specific acupuncture points on the body. The heat generated by the burning moxa warms the area, improving circulation and promoting the flow of Qi.

How Can Moxibustion Help with Breech Babies?


When a baby is in the breech position, their head is facing upwards, and their bottom or feet are facing the birth canal. This position can make the delivery more complicated and may lead to an increased risk of complications.

Moxibustion has been used to help turn breech babies by stimulating the BL67 (Zhiyin) acupuncture point, which is located on the outer edge of the pinky toenail. 



This is believed to:
  1. Increase foetal movement: The heat generated by moxibustion is thought to encourage the baby to move more frequently, increasing the chances of them turning into the optimal head-down position.
  2. Relax the uterus: Moxibustion may help to relax the muscles of the uterus, allowing the baby to turn more easily.
  3. Promote optimal energy flow: By stimulating the flow of Qi, moxibustion can support the body's natural ability to adjust and create an optimal environment for the baby to turn

It is essential to note that moxibustion is most effective when used between the 32nd and 36th weeks of pregnancy, as the baby still has enough space to move and turn. 

The Importance of Working with a Qualified Acupuncturist
Working with a qualified acupuncturist who offers moxibustion for breech babies is crucial to ensure the safest and most effective treatment. 


They will be able to:
  • Accurately locate the correct acupuncture points.
  • Use the appropriate moxa and techniques.
  • Monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments to the treatment.
  • Provide guidance on any additional steps you can take to support the process, such as certain exercises or positions.

Are you looking for a qualified acupuncturist to help with your breech baby? Look no further than Deanna Thomas Acupuncture & Wellbeing. Our clinic provides moxibustion treatments for expectant mothers with breech babies, helping them naturally turn their babies into the optimal position for birth.

If you're not local to the Middlesbrough Teesside area, you can still find a qualified acupuncturist near you by visiting the British Acupuncture Council's website and using their search tool. This will help you locate a practitioner qualified in using moxibustion for breech babies in your region.

In Conclusion

Moxibustion is a natural, non-invasive approach to helping turn breech babies, offering an alternative to more invasive medical procedures. By working with a qualified acupuncturist and following their guidance, you can increase the chances of your baby turning into the optimal position for a safe and healthy birth.

Remember, always consult your midwife or healthcare provider before starting any new treatment, including moxibustion, to ensure it is safe and suitable for you and your baby.

To book a moxibustion treatment or learn more about our services, visit our booking system or contact us on 07738290740. I look forward to supporting you and your baby on this journey towards a safe and healthy birth. 












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