At Folly Gardens we use modern western veterinary acupuncture.

What is acupuncture?


Western acupuncture is derived from ancient Chinese medicine, using the most up to date principals in physiology, anatomy, and pathology, as well as evidence based medicine.

Acupuncture involves inserting very fine needles through the skin, into the underlying tissues to relieve pain, speed up recovery rates and increase resistance to disease.

Acupuncture can be used in all species, generally here at Folly we see cats, dogs and rabbits for acupuncture, but we are happy to see other species too.

How does acupuncture work?


Using fine needles in specific points around the body relieves pain by facilitating the release of the body’s natural pain relieving chemical known as endogenous opioids. Further research has revealed that acupuncture also acts on an area of the brain called the hypothalamus as well as the Autonomic nervous system where it has ‘normalising’ effects, opening up the understanding of the treatment of all sorts of internal medical problems such as recurrent cystitis and chronic airway disease.

In human medicine the National Institute for health care excellence (NICE) have authorised the use of acupuncture in the NHS as an effective treatment for conditions such as chronic back pain and tension headaches

Will your pet be uncomfortable?


We use very fine needles, and most of the time your pet will not even be aware they have a needle in place. Some people may be surprised to learn that Acupuncture is painless. The needles we use are extremely fine - unlike injection needles - they are gently tapered to a point so they don't cut. We use the "Rolls-Royce" of acupuncture needles which are specially designed to glide through skin so as not to cause discomfort.

Most patients settle well, and happily come back into the consult room next time.


What conditions can be treated with acupuncture?


Acupuncture has been used successfully to treat  a great many conditions, such as:

  • back pain
  • osteoarthritis
  • muscle and ligament strains
  • chronic gastro intestinal disease
  • skin conditions—such as lick granulomas
  • Stress related conditions
  • Chronic airway disease such as asthma
  • Urinary and faecal incontinence issues
  • Chronic renal failure
  • Immune dysfunction
  • Chronic urinary problems such as cystitis.

 Acupuncture has the power and precision to hit pain exactly where it hurts, makes the body release its own natural pain-killers and increases the rate of healing.

Acupuncture can also be used very successfully alongside physiotherapy, especially with musculo skeletal and orthopaedic complaints and recoveries.

Booking your pets acupuncture appointment

Please call reception to arrange an appointment with your vet, vets Lizzie Threadingham and Brad Cooper are trained acupuncturists, and an in house referral can easily be arranged. The team work very closely together, so you will be able to keep up continuity with your usual vet as well as adding in some acupuncture to aid their recovery.

Book to see us today

We hope this page has been helpful to introduce this service. If you have any further questions or concerns arising from this information, please don't hesitate to call us on the number below to book an appointment  or use our contact form

Call us now on (01684) 292244 or (01242) 679880