Vai al contenuto

• China

Moxibustion, to correct a breech presentation of the fetus

It has been estimated that the frequency of breech presentation is between 3 and 4% of all pregnancies that reach term (Hickok DE et al., 1992). It is associated with a greater risk of perinatal and neonatal mortality and morbidity. The risk can be reduced if it is possible to turn the fetus round by means of external cephalic version (ECV), which is achieved by placing the hands on the woman’s abdomen and applying external force. However, this procedure is not without risk and can only be performed in hospital. In the majority of cases a caesarean section is performed.

Text written by Sonia Baccetti and Elio Rossi