Acupuncture for Breech Presentation - Treatment Protocols

General Approaches

Acupuncture For Breech Presentation - Treatment Protocols

Acupuncture treatment protocols are generally directed towards the deeper root of a persons set of health issues, not at each individual issue. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, treatment is generally directed towards the individuals diagnostic pattern(s) and their primary issue is only a part of the information required to approach the correct patterns to treat (see "treating the cause vs. the symptoms" for an introduction to this process.).

Below you will find a well studied and proven treatment technique for a breech presentation (i.e. malposition of the fetus). This technique may be combined with a full body treatment as well depending on the overall state of the mother. There are many ways to approach the treatment of this condition within TCM. Our presentation describes foundational approaches that would need to be further tailored in most cases to be effective for a given individual.

Acupuncture has had much success clinically moving a malpositioned fetus. Generally the treatment is to treat UB 67 with a moxa pole. The treatment may range from 5-15 minutes 2-3 times per day based on the overall condition of the mother.

The movement may happen within one treatment or the patient may either return to be treated or use a moxa pole at home. The treatment with moxa should cease immediately if movement is suspected and this should be confirmed with your physician. It is important to seek treatment in the 7th or 8th month as during the 9th there may not be enough room to move the baby.

The information on our site is drawn from our own lecture notes and clinical experience. The following lecture notes were consulted within this section:

  • St. John, Meredith: New England School of Acupuncture, Etiology and Pathology Lecture Notes
  • Valaskatgis, Peter: New England School of Acupuncture, Etiology and Pathology Lecture Notes

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