Recently, I had a patient come in as a referral from her OBGYN. She was 35 weeks pregnant and her baby was “Frank Breech.” Her doctor told her that she would probably have to have a c-section, but that she might consider seeing an acupuncturist first. She asked her doctor if acupuncture really works for turning breech babies, and got this answer: “I don’t know for sure, but you might as well give it a try because it can’t hurt.”
It is typical to treat with moxa for up to 10 days at Bladder 67 to turn a breech baby, which was my planned protocol. When she arrived she was complaining of low back pain and heartburn, so I decided to graph her, just for fun and see what was showing up energetically.This is what her graph looked like:
The graph looked like it had characteristics of a belt block, so I decided to look at the upper/lower body ratios. AcuGraph was a very helpful tool for me to see that she was leaning toward excess energy in the lower body. Typically I would have only done the moxa, but opening up a belt block made perfect sense for this patient. It would be awfully hard for a baby to turn if the energy were blocked in the middle of the body. I needled TE 5 and GB 41 and then did 20 minutes of moxa at BL 67. She came back two days later and her graph was greatly improved!
This patient continued with moxa at home for the next 5 days. When Mom called me, giggling with excitement, to say that the baby had turned and was in perfect position for labor, I just smiled. I smiled again when the OBGYN asked for a stack of my business cards.
Another day in the life of an acupuncturist…. Life is good!.
Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac.
Acupuncture Research Analyst
Miridia Technology Inc.