Sciatica and Back Pain (also described in more detail here)
Symptoms: nausea, vomiting, general lethargy, strong food cravings or aversions
TCM Theory: Chronic sciatica issues in pregnancy are often related to the deficiency of kidney qi. Acute sciatica issues often involve a stagnation of qi and blood or a collection of cold and dampness in the area.
Treatment Goals: Tonify Kidney Qi and move stagnation
TCM Theory: The technique of moxibustion on the acupuncture point UB 67 works well for turning the fetus in a breech position and is best used within the 32nd to the 36th week. In general a patient should have a complete diagnosis and initial treatment, but the moxibustion can be performed at home with a moxa stick by a partner. The technique is described in detail on this page.