What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the best established forms of complementary medicine in the UK. It involves the placement of fine needles in specific points on the skin to treat pain, relieve common ailments and promote general well-being.
It has been used in people for over 2,000 years and more recently it has been developed for use in animals and has shown some startling results.

The Western approach

The technique used is referred to as the Western approach to acupuncture, which has been developed based on the traditional Chinese method (TCM) by targeting specific areas of sensitivity in muscle and utilising modern medical knowledge of neuroanatomy and physiology. This is the same approach used by UK Doctors and is well tolerated by animals as it generally involves fewer needles than with TCM.


Animals respond very well to acupuncture, especially in the treatment of conditions that cause pain. It can be used to complement any traditional therapy your animal is already receiving from your vet.

"Alyson treated my "house rabbit" Lizzie for a suspected stroke. She had lost weight, and had very limited mobility. After four sessions of treatment her appetitite returned, she gained weight rapidly, her coordination improved and was able to move much more freely. She now has a very good quality of life." - Taj Gilligan about Lizzie 9 year old House rabbit

Conditions that respond well to treatment

  • Arthritis

  • Hip Dysplasia

  • Disc disease, spondylosis, spondylitis

  • Strains and sprains

  • Skin conditions such as lick granulomas and atopy

  • Radial paralysis usually after road traffic accidents

  • Bladder paralysis after road traffic accidents

  • Urinary and faecal incontinence

  • Chronic constipation.

  • Most musculo-skeletal disorders causing chronic and acute pain.

  • The consultation includes:

    1. Home visit
    This reduces stress associated with veterinary surgery visit. Enables a comprehensive assessment in a familiar environment.

    2. Full case assessment
    Discussion and review. All conditions considered, full veterinary history obtained and your veterinary surgeon fully informed of progress.

    3. Treatment
    Traditional acupuncture treatment using the Western approach.