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October 13, 1999

Moxibustion for Breech Presentation—Reply

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;282(14):1329-1330. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-14-jbk1013

In Reply: In response to Dr Wong and colleagues, in 30 years of clinical practice at the Jiangxi Women's Hospital in Nanchang, China, we have never found respiratory disease, allergic rhinitis, or asthma to be associated with moxibustion, which in our experience seems to be harmless to anyone exposed to it. No patients withdrew from the study for this reason, and we observed no unintentional burning among our patients.

We found no evidence that moxibustion smoke increases respiratory tract morbidity in infants in the treated group. However, we are willing to consider a prospective observational study to follow up the 2 groups of infants.

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