acupressure


acu·pres·sure

noun \ˈa-kyə-ˌpre-shər, ˈa-kə-\

: a method of relieving pain or curing illness by pressing on particular points on a person's body with the fingertips or thumbs

Full Definition of ACUPRESSURE

:  the application of pressure (as with the thumbs or fingertips) to the same discrete points on the body stimulated in acupuncture that is used for its therapeutic effects (as the relief of tension or pain) — compare shiatsu

First Known Use of ACUPRESSURE

1958

Rhymes with ACUPRESSURE

acu·pres·sure

noun \ˈak-(y)ə-ˌpresh-ər\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ACUPRESSURE

: the application of pressure (as with the thumbs or fingertips) to the same discrete points on the body stimulated in acupuncture that is used for its therapeutic effects (as the relief of tension or pain)—see shiatsu
acu·pres·sur·ist \-ˌpresh-ə-rəst\ noun

acupressure

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Alternative-medicine practice in which pressure is applied to points on the body aligned along 12 main meridians (pathways), usually for a short time, to improve the flow of vital force (qi). Though often referred to by its Japanese name, shiatsu, it originated in China thousands of years ago. A single point may be pressed to relieve a specific symptom or condition, or a series of points can be worked on to promote overall well-being. Some studies suggest that acupressure can be effective for certain health problems, including nausea, pain, and stroke-related weakness. Risks are minimal with cautious use. See also acupuncture.

Variants of ACUPRESSURE

acupressure or shiatsu

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