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Is moxibustion helpful during pregnancy?

Ashley Flores (Chicago, IL) on Jan 12, 2013
Moxibustion during pregnancy is most well known for it's ability to turn breech babies in the last 2 months of pregnancy. In this case, moxibustion is applied to the pinky toes, and typically the woman will also learn to apply the treatment at home. This treatment has a remarkable success rate, and is a wonderful option for women who are anxious to avoid a c-section. There are some other moxibustion treatments that can help with common pregnancy-related complaints, such as edema, low energy, and difficulty sleeping.
Lejla Fazlicic (Lincolnwood, IL) on Oct 16, 2012
I will be Very careful with Moxa durring pregnancy, especialy on some acupuncture points. Moxa creats heat and heat move blood which can create muscular activity inyour lower abdomen.( Uterus is a muscle and it can cause contraction) I would recomend some other approach. Lejla Fazlicic L.Ac NADA Specialist
Kerry Kott (Odessa, FL) on Oct 15, 2012
Moxabustion may or may not be helpful during pregnancy. It always depends on the underlying conditions as to whether or not it would be affective.
Rudek Perez (Orlando, FL) on Oct 15, 2012
Moxibustion is great, and yes it can help during pregnancy to stimulate some points to maintain mom's/baby's health. Very simple technique to be done mostly at home.
Dale Tope (Pflugerville, TX) on Oct 14, 2012
Short answer, typically, no. Longer answer, there are points in acupuncture that are forbidden to needle during pregnancy, as they could stimulate the release of oxytocin in the body, which could initiate uterine contractions. These would be forbidden to moxa, as well. Also, no moxa on the abdomen or lower back during pregnancy. Although smooth blood flow during pregnancy is essential, we don't want to use herbal formulas or needling techniques that will significantly increase the flow of blood or qi, especially in the lower abdomen, and put the patient at risk of miscarriage.
Christopher Serrell (Westminster, CO) on Oct 14, 2012
Acupuncture and moxa are commonly used during pregnancy which are great for both mom and baby.
Christopher Serrell (Westminster, CO) on Oct 14, 2012
Acupuncture and moxa are commonly used during pregnancy which are great for both mom and baby.
Adi Barad (Winnetka, IL) on Oct 14, 2012
Moxibustion can be useful during different stages of pregnancy, on a case to case basis.You should only use it with a licensed practitioner. I do not do moxibustion in my clinic.
Shamsi Pourfatemi Creps (San Francisco, CA) on Oct 3, 2012
Moxibustion can be used during pregnancy.
Christopher Bonnichsen (Portland, OR) on Oct 3, 2012
Depends on what is happening with the pregnancy and the location of the moxibustion. Moxa is traditionally used to move qi and blood and to tonify areas of weakness in the body. An experienced acupuncturist like myself would evaluate conditions with the patient and determine if selective moxa therapy would be helpful. I realize that this seems like a cut and dried answer but its not in Traditional Chinese Medicine. All patients are individual and need to be evaluated for their specific set of conditions. So my answer here is that would help if the diagnosis called for Moxa and it would hinder if the Moxa was given to patient without proper evaluation. Thanks Christopher
Eden Lung (San Diego, CA) on Oct 2, 2012
Yes it does. But you have to be careful on the area where you perform the moxibustion. There is a difference between how many months are you (or your spouse) into the pregnancy and the area you can perform moxibusion at.
Annie Porter (Scottsdale, AZ) on Oct 1, 2012
Yes it can help the mother by strengthening her qi and applied to a point known as stomach 36, it can build her blood, which is very important as women can suffer from excessive blood loss during childbirth. Interesting to note also, if there is a breech presentation, there is a point on the little toe that is famous for correcting this when moxa is applied.
Annie Porter (Scottsdale, AZ) on Oct 1, 2012
Yes it can help the mother by strengthening her qi and applied to a point known as stomach 36, it can build her blood, which is very important as women can suffer from excessive blood loss during childbirth. Interesting to note also, if there is a breech presentation, there is a point on the little toe that is famous for correcting this when moxa is applied.
Daniel Haun (Oceanside, CA) on Oct 1, 2012
Yes, moxibustion is a safe modality and can be helpful in the treatment of various conditions during pregnancy such as nausea, back ache, muscle pains, fatigue, etc.
Kim Vandeveer (Rohnert Park, CA) on Oct 1, 2012
more definitely!
Portia Zheng (Sunnyvale, CA) on Oct 2, 2012
Only if there is a purpose, such as is the mother is yang deficient, or to help the baby's position in the womb. Otherwise no necessary.
Charles Li (Rego Park, NY) on Oct 1, 2012
Yes, moxibustion has successfully been used to turn breech babies into a normal head-down position prior to childbirth. A landmark study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 found that up to 75% of women suffering from breech presentations before childbirth had fetuses that rotated to the normal position after receiving moxibustion. Studies have shown that moxibustion increases the movement of the fetus in pregnant women, reduce the symptoms of menstrual cramps when used in conjunction with traditional acupuncture.
Marco Di Bonaventura (King Of Prussia, PA) on Oct 1, 2012
Moxibustion is a good adjunct to a breech presentation. Although, moxibustion can be harmful if not used with a treatment strategy in place. It is always recommended to have a Chinese medical diagnosis before implementing any treatments.
Charles Sylvester (Webster, NY) on Sep 30, 2012
Acupuncture is helpful during pregnancy, namely in the case of a breech. If the fetus is in fact breeched, moxibustion is typically placed on the end of a needle which is first inserted into the point Urinary Bladder-67, located on the outside corner of the nail of the small toe. Once inserted, the moxa is then lit and as a result it warms the needle which sends deep penetrating heat into the Urinary Bladder channel. This technique does not always work, however, but in my experience it has worked more often than not and I personally know many practitioners who have had much success with it. I hope this answers your question. Please feel free to contact me with any other questions you may have. Thank you.
Carrie Cimperman (Temecula, CA) on Sep 29, 2012
Depending on what exactly you are wanting to use moxibustion for. And, Yes its safe and can be used during pregnancy, but you should be under the supervision/care of a Licensed Acupuncturist and/or Chinese Medicine doctor who can properly diagnose you and confirm if you should be using it and how.
Donna Cain (New Canaan, CT) on Sep 29, 2012
Moxibustion is a wonderful soothing method of treating a pregnant woman. It is applied to the back and also the extremities to help with many of the symptoms of pregnancy, especially later in the term of the pregnancy.
Carlos Chapa (Mesquite, TX) on Sep 29, 2012
Yes, moxibustion is a wonderful therapy we can use for patients who are pregnant. At our clinic, we use Japanese, Korean and Chinese moxibustion (mugwort).
Maureen Fox (Manchester, MO) on Sep 29, 2012
Yes, moxa can be very helpful, but you need to take in to consideration where you are using it and what you are trying to accomplish. Moxa moves qi and blood just as acupuncture needles do.
Portia Barnblatt (San Francisco, CA) on Sep 29, 2012
Absolutely. It warms up your uterus and if you have a breeched baby, it will turn the position if you start moxa around 7 months pregnancy.
Katalin Csoka (Mission Viejo, CA) on Sep 29, 2012
Of course! BUT be aware, that certain points can not be used during pregnancy, even with moxibustion!!
Christina Rollyson (Barberton, OH) on Sep 29, 2012
Moxibustion can be a tremendous help for helping to reposition a baby and prevent breech presentation at the end of your pregnancy. Under certain conditions it can also be beneficial for difficult labor issues due to cold in the channels. These questions can only be answered on an individual basis after an examination from a licensed acupuncturist.
Kexin Bao (Rosemead, CA) on Sep 29, 2012
Yes! Moxibustion is helpful for such condition. Please canctac me via phone (626) 288-1199. Dr. Kexin Bao. L.Ac., Ph.D.
Serena Bordes (Boca Raton, FL) on Sep 28, 2012
Moxibustion is not often used or recommended during pregnancy, but other Traditional Chinese Medical modalities can be used to optimize your health during pregnancy and postpartum. I see a lot of patients for fertility enhancement, pregnancy and postpartum and everyone loves the health benefits they have received through Traditional Chinese Medicine. Please feel free to come in to the office for an appointment at your next opportunity! Warm Regards, Dr. Serena Bordes Acucare Healing Center Boca Raton FL
Alex Kleyman (Brooklyn, NY) on Sep 28, 2012
Any action of the Practitioner should be directly related to the p-t's Health condition as well as to the duration (trimester) of the pregnancy the patient is in. There are specific points which are not advisable to Tx during the pregnancy and every LAc knows them very well. The above statements are true for acupuncture and for Moxibustion usage.
Jason Bussell (Wilmette, IL) on Sep 28, 2012
Fertility, obstetrics and gynecology were some of the first- and most highly developed specialties in Chinese Medicine. Moxibustion is very commonly used to turn a breech presentation (best if begun before week 35). But acupuncture is used for all the complications and discomforts of pregnancy: nausea, edema, carpal tunnel, gestational diabetes, fatigue, low back pain, etc. It is also useful for pre-birth. Starting at week 36, weekly pre-birth treatment are associated with more-efficient (shorter) labors, less narcotic medication, greater percentage of delivery at term, fewer epidurals, less complications, less breech, less c-sections, and less post-partum pain and depression. Especially if this is your first baby, I highly recommend you find someone who is experienced with pre-birth treatments and use them starting at week 36.
Patricia Lew (San Antonio, TX) on Sep 28, 2012
Moxibustion is famous for turning breeched babies. The points that we utilize gently stimulate the uterus, which in turn, encourages the baby to turn. This method has been used hundreds if not thousands of years successfully.
Soon Pak (Bayside, NY) on Sep 28, 2012
Moxibution moves Qi very strongly. Therefore it is not a good idea to do moxibution during pregnancy unless you want to induce delivery.
Maria Baraybar Lee (Denver, CO) on Sep 28, 2012
What do you want to treat with moxibustion?
Shohreh Younessian Pedouim (Los Angeles, CA) on Sep 28, 2012
You did not say for what condition .
Crystal Dmytryk (New York, NY) on Sep 28, 2012
Yes - but it depends on what is going on in the pregnancy - for example moxa applied to certain points may help hemorhoids or exhaustion. Applied to a different point it can help turn a breech baby. Moxa should never be used without consulting an acupuncturist.
Julie Lee (Portland, OR) on Sep 28, 2012
Generally we can say "Yes"! Moxibustion is good for Breech Presentation, we can use 15 min daily for 5 days or more.
Paul Mosier (Amherst, NH) on Sep 28, 2012
Moxibustion is most often used when the baby has come to term and is ready to be turned. Applying moxibustion to specific points can help the baby turn and avoid a breech birth. Moxibustion can be helpful in other presentations too, but this depends on your overall health presentation.
Dan Wu (Beverly Hills, CA) on Sep 28, 2012
It depends on what kind of situation during pregnancy.
Jennifer Winer (Golden Valley, MN) on Sep 28, 2012
Moxibustion is a very effective treatment for breech babies during pregnancy. It can help move the baby into the correct position, when done properly and at the right window during pregnancy. Moxibustion can be helpful for many other issues as well, but it would be used based on your Chinese medicine diagnosis. There are some diagnosis in which it would not be appropriate for use. It is important to be evaluated by a Chinese Medicine Practitioner.
Bill Rice (West Palm Beach, FL) on Sep 28, 2012
Moxibustion can be used cautiously during pregnancy. But you did not mention what issues you are having. I would not use moxa over the abdomen or low back, however, in pregnancy.