Did you know that acupuncture, moxibustion and Chinese herbs are excellent in assisting the body to turn a breech baby, or lift placenta out of the way for birth in placenta previa? All are wonderful drug free ways to avoid possible C section.
A randomised controlled trial performed indicates that approximately 70% of breech babies will turn using acupuncture and moxibustion. And both techniques were found to be a valid option for women wishing to have a natural birth. Acupuncture and Moxibustion are both non-invasive and relaxing treatments that has been known to work to turn babies to the correct position for birth. Additionally the moxa componant can also be carried out at home to further the treatment! It is a good idea to try this option before manual turning of your baby is attempted. The method of inserting a needle in the outside of the little toe, and using moxibustion on the same point have be used to turn babies for thousands of years.
If you are found to have low lying placenta (otherwise known as placenta previa) which may block the birth canal, acupuncture, moxibustion and Chinese herbal medicine work extremely well to help the body to lift the placenta out of the way. There is a point under your collar bone where a needle is inserted to help the body to lift or raise the energy to move up. A point on the very apex of your head has warmth from a moxa stick applied at about 2-3cm from the scalp. This is a very relaxing treatment. Finally, Chinese herbs are used to raise the bodies energy. These herbs are safe to use in pregnancy and once again this formula has been used for thousands of years.
So please don’t despair if your GP or Obstetrition suggest a C section may be necessary, come and see us a Mornington Chinese Medicine where we will do our best to use the skills we have to turn your baby or lift your placenta.
Jan is available for consultation at Mornington Chinese Medicine Wednesday 2pm – 8pm and Thursday 10am – 8pm