acu·​pres·​sure | \ ˈa-kyə-ˌpre-shər How to pronounce acupressure (audio) , ˈa-kə- \

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 (such as the relief of tension or pain) — compare shiatsu

Examples of acupressure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Adeela uses the latest scientific know-how in her approach to skincare, such as microneedling, toning microcurrents, and LED therapy, along with with elements of gua sha, Hungarian massage and acupressure. Bridget Arsenault, Forbes, 26 Dec. 2021 An acupressure mat to lay on while answering email. Sarah Ball, WSJ, 14 Dec. 2021 Some of the best deals include massage guns, raw juices, mood-setting candles, and even a TikTok star's holy-grail favorite acupressure mat. Tiffany Dodson, Harper's BAZAAR, 17 Nov. 2021 It can be used to cover forms of traditional Chinese medicine, such as acupressure and acupuncture; aspects of the Indian tradition Ayurveda; and more recent inventions like Reiki, which involves pressure-free caressing and non-touch hand movements. Jessica Wapner, The New Yorker, 6 Nov. 2021 These mats use acupressure, which is similar to acupuncture but trades needles for plastic plates to create gentle pressure on your body that supposedly releases endorphins, those nice stress-relieving chemicals. Medea Giordano, Wired, 29 Oct. 2021 In layman's terms, ear seeding is a form of acupressure that targets certain points in the ear to trigger the nervous system. Kristin Corpuz, Allure, 5 July 2021 What sounds better than laying down an acupressure mat in the comfort of your own home after a long day’s work? Alexis Bennett, Vogue, 22 June 2021 This has been upgraded to include 14 removable massage rollers and mini acupressure massage points that stimulate acupuncture points. Tim Kohut, BGR, 21 May 2021

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First Known Use of acupressure

1972, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acupressure

acu- (in acupuncture) + pressure entry 1

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19 Jan 2022

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“Acupressure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of acupressure

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


acu·​pres·​sure | \ ˈak-(y)ə-ˌpresh-ər How to pronounce acupressure (audio) \

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

Other Words from acupressure

acupressurist \ -​ˌpresh-​ə-​rəst How to pronounce acupressure (audio) \ noun

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