Moxa Instructions:

Moxa polls are available at Sage. 

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Moxibustion (Moxa) is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of Artemisia Vulgaris to facilitate healing. Moxibustion has been utilized for thousands of years throughout Asia and is used by practitioners around the world today. 

There are many conditions that moxibustion has been used to treat including optimal positioning for labor. Moxibustion initiates a nonspecific healing reaction that can have effects throughout the body. This hormetic response utilizes the body’s innate healing mechanisms, such as the release of prostaglandins, that may encourage optimal positioning for labor. 


Moxa on the outside of each baby (the fifth metatarsal) toenail for 15-20 minutes, 2 times per day. This should be combined with acupuncture treatments approximately every 3 days for 10 days.

It is common to feel fetal movement during or after a treatment and often the most activity occurs around days 5 and 10.

Good pelvic posture is recommended. This includes keeping your knees below your pelvis when at all possible. You can also try sitting on your calf muscles with your forearms resting on the floor and your head on your arms. Spending time walking and kneeling on all fours is also recommended. We suggest 5-10 minutes of gentle pelvic rotations or rocking motions on all fours two or three times per day.