Conclusions 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.

 Jorge Vas1,2, José Manuel Aranda-Regules3, Manuela Modesto1, María Ramos-Monserrat4, Mercedes Barón5, Inmaculada Aguilar1, Nicolás Benítez-Parejo6, Carmen Ramírez-Carmona7, Francisco Rivas-Ruiz2,6
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 Conclusion: Vitamin D insufficiency was not uncommon in this group of pregnant women. Season and ethnicity were determinants of 25OHD but the magnitude of their effect was not large. Most women took vitamin D-containing supplements but this did not provide much protection against insufficiency. Consideration should be given to increasing the amount of vitamin D in prenatal supplements.

Wangyang Li, Timothy J. Green, Sheila M. Innis, Susan I. Barr, Susan J. Whiting, Antonia Shand, Peter von Dadelszen


Eighty-four prenatally depressed women were randomly assigned to yoga, massage therapy or standard prenatal care control groups to determine the relative effects of yoga and massage therapy on prenatal depression and neonatal outcomes. Following 12 weeks of twice weekly yoga or massage therapy sessions (20 min each) both therapy groups versus the control group had a greater decrease on depression, anxiety and back and leg pain scales and a greater increase on a relationship scale.

Wrist-ankle acupuncture during the postpartum period is effective for perineal pain relief after mediolateral episiotomy.

Source Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, San Gerardo Hospital, Monza, Italy.

Conclusions: Among primigravidas with breech presentation during the 33rd week of gestation, moxibustion for 1 to 2 weeks increased fetal activity during the treatment period and cephalic presentation after the treatment period and at delivery.

JAMA 1998 Nov 11;280(18):1580-4

Conclusions: This study suggests that [Therapeutic Touch] may promote lower levels of anxiety in pregnant inpatients with a chemical dependency compared to nursing presence alone or standard care," state the study's authors. "These results are meaningful in recognition of the high incidence of anxiety found in women with a chemical dependency."

Source: British Columbia Women's Hospital, in Vancouver. Authors: Cheryl N. Larden, R.N.; M. Lynne Palmer, R.N.; and Patricia Janssen, R.N., Ph.D. Originally published in Journal of Holistic Nursing, December 2004, Vol. 22, No. 4, pp. 320-332

Conclusions: Acupuncture (p < 0.0001) and acupressure (p < 0.1) are effective, nonpharmacologic methods for the treatment of HG.

D. Habek et al, Research in Complementary and Classical Natural Medicine 2004;11:20-23

Conclusions: Elecoroacupuncture at Hego (LI 4) can be adopted for treatment of dystocia due to abnormality of force of labor.

Wang et al, Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2006 Dec;26(12):843-6.

Conclusions: Acupuncture is well tolerated among term nulliparous women and holds promise in reducing interventions that occur in post-term pregnancies.

Harper et al, J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2006 Aug;19(8):465-70.

Conclusions: Women reported reduced anxiety, improved mood, better sleep and less back pain by the last day of the study

Field, T., Hernandez-Reif, M., Hart, S., Theakston, H., Schanberg, S., Kuhn, C. & Burman, I. (1999). Pregnant women benefit from massage therapy. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology, 20, 31-38.  

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