acupuncture

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acu·punc·ture

noun \-ˌpəŋ(k)-chər\

: a method of relieving pain or curing illness by placing needles into a person's skin at particular points on the body

Full Definition of ACUPUNCTURE

:  an originally Chinese practice of inserting fine needles through the skin at specific points especially to cure disease or relieve pain (as in surgery)
acupuncture transitive verb
acu·punc·tur·ist \-ˌpəŋ(k)-chə-rist\ noun

Origin of ACUPUNCTURE

Latin acus + English puncture
First Known Use: 1684

Rhymes with ACUPUNCTURE

acu·punc·ture

noun \-ˌpəŋ(k)-chər\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ACUPUNCTURE

: an originally Chinese practice of inserting fine needles through the skin at specific points especially to cure disease or relieve pain (as in surgery)

acupuncture

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Medical technique in which needles are inserted into the skin and underlying tissues, devised in China before 2500 BC. One or more small metal needles are inserted at precise points along 12 meridians (pathways) in the body, through which the vital life force (qi) is believed to flow, in order to restore yin-yang balance and treat disease caused by yin-yang imbalance. Acupuncture appears to relieve pain and is used as an anesthetic for surgery. Theories to explain its effects include stimulation of release of natural opiates, blockage of pain-signal transmission, and a placebo effect. See also acupressure.

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