Modern studies of Chinese medicine continue to shed fresh light on the knowledge that this ancient civilization possessed. The moxibustion acupuncture technique that burns mugwort over a certain point in the body may help reduce joint pain, but its chief ancient use was to reverse the breech position of the baby in the womb. With the contemporary emphasis on the science of medicine, it is hard to imagine that burning mugwort could cause a baby to change its breech position. However, a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association discovered it works in the majority of cases.
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