A smouldering herb known as moxa (moxibustion) is burnt at a specific area at the end of the little toe. This point, when stimulated with moxa, has a powerful effect on relaxing the muscles of the uterus encouraging your baby to turn.

The compressed herb is in the form of a cigar-shaped stick.  The end of the stick is lit and the herbs start to smoulder. The point is warmed on both little toes for about 15-20 minutes. The heat that is generated radiates into the point and stimulates its actions on the uterine muscles.  The moxa does not touch the skin, but must be held at a safe distance away.

Ideally treatment is started at week 34 of the pregnancy and the best results are often gained before week 37 as after this stage there is so little room for the baby to move. Moxibustion is a safe and gentle way of attempting to turn babies.

Our acupuncturist will apply the moxibustion and then show you how to stimulate the points at home, providing you with moxa sticks.  You are welcome to bring a partner or friend to your moxa demonstration.