A Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine Clinic
Moxibustion & Acupuncture for Breech Presentation
Acupuncture Conversion of Fetal Breech Presentation
Habek D, Cerkez Habek J, Jagust M.Clinical Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Clinical Hospital
Osijek, Osijek, Croatia.
AIM: The aim of this study was to assess the value of acupuncture (AP) in the conversion of fetal breech
presentation into vertex presentation.
PATIENTS AND METHODS: A randomized prospective controlled clinical study included 67 pregnant
women with fetal breech presentation: 34 women with singleton pregnancies treated with manual AP (urinary
bladder 67, Zhiyin) and a control group which included 33 women with singleton pregnancies without AP
treatment. The AP treatment lasted 30 min a day, and was conducted during and after 34 weeks of pregnancy
with simultaneous cardiotocography. RESULTS: The success rate of the AP correction of fetal breech
presentation is 76.4% (26 women), and spontaneous conversion without AP in vertex presentation is observed
in 15 women (45.4%; p0.001).
CONCLUSIONS: We believe that AP correction of fetal malpresentation is a relatively simple, efficacious
and inexpensive method associated with a lower percentage of operatively completed deliveries, which
definitely reflects in improved parameters of vital and perinatal statistics.