An Australian clinical trial of a traditional Chinese medicine technique has been conducted by the University of Western Sydney in collaboration with John Hunter Hospital in Australia. The technique involves slowly warming an acupuncture point on the small toe tip. The study concluded that there may be an effect in the repositioning of malpositioned fetuses .
(NB.Further research is needed due to mixed results in other studies)
“The use of moxibustion applied to the little toe for difficult labour was first mentioned in the Moxibustion Methods for Emergencies by Wenren Qinian in 1226. In Chinese hospitals this technique has been used to treat breech presentations for decades, however the research to date, although promising, is not yet sufficient for this traditional method to be incorporated into clinical practice guidelines for obstetricians in Australia. Consult your practitioner to discuss whether or not this ancient technique might be useful for you.”
Vas et al, 2012:”Moxibustion at acupuncture point BL67 is effective and safe to correct non-vertex presentation when used between 33 and 35 weeks of gestation. We believe that moxibustion represents a treatment option that should be considered to achieve version of the non-vertex fetus.