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What is acupuncture?


Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific anatomical locations with the purpose of modifying disease and providing pain relief.


How does it work?


Acupuncture needles stimulate nerves in the skin and muscle and causes release of endorphins and chemical signals acting at the spinal cord and brain level  resulting in anti-inflammatory effects  and modification of  the perception of pain.  Acupuncture also affects the limbic system, reduces stress, and affects the immune system.


What is it used for?


Acupuncture has a huge range of uses as an adjunct to conventional veterinary treatments and is often used for: 

  • Chronic musculoskeletal pain

  • Myofascial (muscle & back)  pain

  • Chronic diarhhoea, recurrent colic

  • Chronic coughing

  • Slow healing wounds            


Important information

  • Acupuncture in animals is an act of veterinary surgery and can only legally be performed by a veterinary surgeon.

  • It is safe and there are very few side effects.

  • Improvement may be noticed after the first treatment but the effects are cumulative so normally 3-4 treatments are needed to modulate pain and restore normal function, however some patients and diseases are refractory to treatment.

  • It is covered by most insurance policies when recommended by a vet- but check your policy.


Acupuncture at Kessock Equine Vets


Gail MacKinlay (BSc, BVM&S, Cert AVP (EM), MRCVS) is trained in veterinary acupuncture and is a member of the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists. Please contact her at Kessock Equine Vets – 01463 731107 for more information or to arrange a trial session.

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Chart from the Equine Atlas of Equine Acupuncture by Peggy Flemming DVM