Turning A Breech Baby with Moxibustion

Traditional Chinese Medicine uses moxibustion in combination with acupuncture. Moxibustion is  a technique which involves the burning of mugwort, a spongy herb shaped like a cigar and smokeless. The moxa stick is shaped like a cigar and is held just  a couple of inches above the major acupuncture point on the pinky toe which is specifically used to turn a breech presentation. The patient just feels a warm glow on the little toe which is soothing and relaxing. It is said that the moxibustion can relax the uterus and allow more room for the fetus to turn around.

The herb (Artemisiae argyi) ,  is used to move and strengthen qi, which can in turn facilitate the turning of the baby into a downward position. In China, where this practice is common, there is a 75 percent success rate in turning breech babies. The highest success rate is when moxibustion is performed in the 34th week for a period of 7 to 10 days.

 Breech presentation is very common up to about 28 weeks but most of the time there is nothing to worry about because  the baby will turn head down naturally. Only about 3% of babies are breech by the end of a pregnancy. Very seldom is a woman allowed to birth a breech baby and about 90% of breech presentations result in a Cesarean section.

I myself experienced the turning of a breech fetus first hand with my third baby. I was in Acupuncture school at the time and had already had two caesareans with my boys. I was a pregnant with my daughter who was also breech. My teacher told me of the very high success rate that they have in China. I had tried an external version, a process where the obstetrician manually tries to turn the baby with my first son and found it stressful and was not going to try that again. I gladly climbed up on the treatment table, and my professor did moxibustion on my pinky toe. While on the table I could feel the baby become much more active.  For me, it worked very quickly. The next day I felt a significant flip in my womb. I called my obstetrician and did an ultrasound and much to my amazement my daughter had flipped and was head down. I was thrilled by the outcome. I had a VBAC, Vaginal birth after (two) caesareans.

Using inversion exercises prescribed by your midwife or OB and receiving acupuncture and moxibustion is a wonderful way to address the malposition of your baby you can also help along a transverse presentation.  The treatment for breech presentation is very soothing and you leave feeling very relaxed and rejuvenated.

Moxa should be done by a licensed Acupuncturist and any inversion exercises should be prescribed directly by your midwife or OB. Come into my office on Pine St. and see if it can work for you.

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Acupuncture for pregnancy and post-delivery

Acupuncture has been being used for over 3000 years for women during pregnancy. It is a safe and effective treatment for many of the symptoms that arise during pregnancy. A trained acupuncturist versed in the protocol for pregnancy is imperative. Acupuncture allow’s for women’s optimum health in the most important time in their lives. I see women in my practice often for all sorts of issues relating to pregnancy with much success.

Being pregnant can be difficult, morning sickness, back pain, ligament pain, constipation, heartburn, fatigue and gestational diabetes are problems that women can face in their pregnancy Acupuncture addresses all of the above. I use mainly acupuncture when treating pregnancy, I seldom use herbs during pregnancy, Less is more and Acupuncture is a very safe and effective modality for pregnant women.

The word balance is thrown around a lot but what better time to stop and regroup than when pregnant. We live in a very busy culture where taking the time for ourselves is not done. Pregnancy and post-delivery is the time to just stop, rest, and rebalance; take care of ourselves. There are many symptoms that arise during pregnancy and they are often perfectly normal maladies. They are also very treatable imbalances witch acupuncture can help with.

I mainly see women in my office for morning sickness in the early weeks of pregnancy. If one is feeling sick acupuncture can be done once a week in the early weeks of pregnancy to quell nausea. I find once my patient feels better they can come maybe every other week or once a month is fine.

Acupuncture is a good thing to do at the end of your pregnancy when you are getting ready to go into labor. In TCM traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture is used to help with the induction of labor and as a way to just get things moving gently.

Stress is very high when getting ready to deliver a baby and acupuncture is so helpful in bringing about calm as well as more energy so that one can be strong and ready to deliver.

I often do acupuncture post-delivery.  My patients love how rejuvenating it is. My treatment principle would be to move Qi, which is an unseeable vital energy. Like the wind that moves the tree’s, invisible, yet we don’t question that?  We cannot see the wind but look at the way it moves the leaves. This vital energy moves our blood. An ancient saying “Blood is the mother of Qi and Qi the commander of blood.”  Acupuncture can circulate the blood and nourish the blood. Nourished blood in this medicine brings about more energy and clearer thinking, always very good, when taking care of a newborn. Optimally as women, we want to rebuild our strength after childbirth. Post-delivery, women, are very vulnerable to the loss of blood that happens with childbirth. Blood loss can give rise to the blues or just feeling over-emotional and exhausted.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are excellent methods to prepare for childbirth and rejuvenate after childbirth. Call Optimum Health Acupuncture for an appointment 802-859-8900

 

Acupuncture used to fight immunity and depression.

It has been cited in many studies that those suffering from depression: feeling sadness or hopelessness plays a significant role in patients who suffer from other chronic diseases . In a breast cancer study the woman suffering from depression had the fewest natural killer cells. It is believed  that part of the job of these cells is to fight cancer by patrolling the body for tumors starting to grow. The depressed patients had fewer of these cells, and also had tumors spreading more quickly to different parts of the body.

How to keep our fight? Acupuncture and Chinese herbs strengthen immunity. The Lung in Chinese medical theory is responsible for our Wei Qi , which  literally translates as fighting Qi. It is responsible for keeping our immunity strong and fighting off exogenous pathogens. The lung is directly affected by grief and sadness. It is very helpful to keep the lung meridian strengthened when one suffers from sadness or grief in order to stave off more serious diseases.

In my practice I see patients with low grade depression everyday. I treat both the heart and lung meridian. Heart signs and symptoms include insomnia and anxiety and a feeling of flatness.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine work very well to help combat depression and strengthen our immunity to fight disease. Come in and feel better. Call 802-859-8900 310 Pine St. Burlington Vt. 05401

 

 

 

 

Acupuncture can help with weight loss

In my practice I often have patients come in to lose weight.  Traditional Chinese medicine theory attributes excessive weight gain is caused by an imbalance in the body due to a deficiency in the Stomach/Spleen and liver organ systems.  As an acupuncturist I would stimulate points to facilitate hormonal rebalance and target the kidneys and endocrine systems to treat water retention. When weight gain is due to menopause or PMS there are meridians used to help the adrenals and reproductive system, which will bring balance to the body and help with weight loss.

I also use Chinese nutritional theory, which would uses food as medicine.  There are certain foods, which can speed up the metabolism and do specific things such as dry damp or move stagnation. An example would be radish, which is used to clear damp. Damp is a major culprit in weight gain.

Acupuncture relieves stress and promotes energy that alone can precipitate weight loss. I have patients who find weight loss to be a by-product of their treatment and they have not even tried to lose weight.

Acupuncture along with a food plan and exercise is a safe and reliable way to lose weight.

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