Acupuncture is the ancient art of placing fine needles into specific parts of the body to alleviate pain, improve recovery rates and increase resistance to disease. It has been used by Chinese and other Eastern Cultures for many thousands of years as a component of their health care system.

Acupuncture treatments should always follow an accurate diagnosis of the problem and a discussion about the available treatment options.  In many cases acupuncture is best used in conjunction with conventional treatments, although sometimes it can be used as a sole treatment. Adding acupuncture to a treatment plan can sometimes decrease the requirement for conventional medication.

Acupuncture can legally only be carried out on animals by a qualified veterinary surgeon, and is extremely safe and well accepted by most animals.

The benefits of acupuncture treatment include:

  • pain relief
  • increased ability of the body to recover from disease
  • anti-inflamatory
  • increased blood flow to diseased tissues

Many insurance companies will cover the cost of acupuncture treatment, however please check your  insurance policy.

To discuss your individual requirements please contact Rachel Forster at our South Molton surgery, who has been trained by, and is a member of the Association of Veterinary Acupuncturists (ABVA).