Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: Drs Cardini and Weixin1 reported interesting findings of a randomized controlled
trial of moxibustion for correction of breech presentation. They described
indirect moxibustion with cigar-shaped rolls containing Artemisia vulgaris.
In our experience, the smoke from burning the moxa herbal preparation
can rapidly irritate the upper and lower respiratory tracts. The authors did
not report whether any of the patients, their partners, or individuals administering
the treatment had underlying respiratory diseases such as allergic rhinitis
and asthma. These persons could experience aggravation of their respiratory
symptoms on exposure to the moxa smoke, a problem that might account for 5
subjects withdrawing from the study for unspecified reasons.
Wong HCG, Wong NYY, Wong JKT. Moxibustion for Breech Presentation. JAMA. 1999;282(14):1329-1330. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-14-jbk1013