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BARRIER ANIMAL CARE CLINIC

Excellent Veterinary Care, With A Personal Caring Touch

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Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the oldest methods of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). The term acupuncture comes from the Latin acus (needle) and pungere (to pierce). It is a technique of placing fine needles at specific points in the patient’s skin to prevent or treat disease.

Although the basic concepts of Western and Chinese medicine differ widely, both disciplines address and attempt to treat the same disorders. Western medicine (WM) has no format that includes diagnosis of diseases due to “external pathological factors” such heat, cold, wind or damp.

The practitioner of TCM strives to view the client and the disease in terms of their relationship to each other and then assist the body in its return to a balanced state, thereby “tending the garden” rather than “fixing the machine.” Both approaches can be used alongside each other.

 

Common Conditions and Species treated

Veterinary Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years in China. In the West it has been used in both large and small animals for decades. It is a safe, well tolerated and efficacious way to treat many different conditions. The most frequent conditions treated with acupuncture are: pain relief, degenerative joint disease (DJD), vertebral disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, gastroduodenal ulcers, nausea/vomiting, biliary diseases, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, otitis-externa, anal sac disease and skin disease. Others disease commonly treated with acupuncture are: neurological disorders, immunologic disorders, heart and blood pressure diseases, respiratory diseases and reproductive disorders.

Acupuncture can also be used in birds, reptiles and rodents.

 

Prices

The first assessment and treatment is £ 50, the following treatment sessions are £35.

We also provide a package of 4 sessions for a total price of £ 140.

We do recommend at least a course of 4 sessions to assess if acupuncture is a successful way to treat your pet’s condition.