acupuncture

noun
acu·​punc·​ture | \ -ˌpəŋ(k)-chər How to pronounce acupuncture (audio) \

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)

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Other Words from acupuncture

acupuncture transitive verb
acupuncturist \ -​ˌpəŋ(k)-​chə-​rist How to pronounce acupuncturist (audio) \ noun

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In Latin, acus means "needle", and the English word acupuncture was coined way back in the 17th century to describe a technique the Chinese had already been using for 2,000 years. An acupuncturist may insert many extremely fine needles at a time; the treatment is usually uncomfortable but not truly painful. In China today, even major surgery is often carried out using only acupuncture to kill the pain; it's also used for many other conditions, including insomnia, depression, smoking, and overweight. Acupuncture is based on ancient theories of bodily energy that few Western doctors have ever accepted; but even though attempts to explain its effects by Western science have been unsuccessful, it's now widely recognized by doctors as effective for pain reduction.

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Of course, innovative facials of the acupuncture, cryotherapy, gemstone, and Hydra varieties exist in America. Devon Abelman, Allure, "I Got Four Facials During One Week in Seoul, and My Skin Has Never Looked Better," 18 May 2019 Through her studies both here and in China, Chiu developed a deeper understanding of the benefits of acupuncture and medicinal herbs. Diana Tsui, The Cut, "The Williamsburg Acupuncturist Who Loves a Good Bodysuit," 26 June 2018 According to Elizabeth Alexandre, a New York City–based herbalist and acupuncturist, acupuncture is a tool that has met with success. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Definitive Guide to Surviving Allergy Season," 22 Mar. 2019 Relaxation of the ban would have helped President Xi Jinping’s campaign to promote the multibillion-dollar traditional Chinese medicine industry, which includes the use of herbal medicine and acupuncture. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "China Suspends Its Relaxation of Wildlife-Trade Ban," 12 Nov. 2018 According to Vanity Fair, the Duchess of Sussex is readying herself for her baby's arrival in multiple holistic ways, including using acupuncture, practicing natural birth techniques, and enlisting the services of a doula. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle, Like Her Sister-in-Law Kate Middleton, Is Reportedly Planning for a Natural Birth," 6 Feb. 2019 The streamlined menu includes three 45-minute treatments: Prevent is customized to address everything from fatigue to indigestion; Heal targets aches and pains; and Glow serves up complexion-rejuvenating facial acupuncture. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Meet the New Acupuncture Studio That's as Easy (and Affordable) as a Blowout Bar," 6 Nov. 2018 But by embracing alternative treatments, offering options thatinclude acupuncture and pool therapy to reduce opioid use, the clinic is gaining wider attention. Brian Macquarrie, BostonGlobe.com, "VA turns to alternative pain treatments amid opioid crisis," 30 Apr. 2018 Studies show meditation can ease stress and depression, and acupuncture can help alleviate side effects and pain. Nicole Tsong, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Cancer Care Alliance’s new Integrative Medicine program includes activity as a part of treatment," 7 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of acupuncture

1684, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acupuncture

Latin acū- (stem—or ablative—of acus "needle") + puncture entry 1 — more at acute

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The first known use of acupuncture was in 1684

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acupuncture

noun

English Language Learners Definition of acupuncture

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

acupuncture

noun
acu·​punc·​ture | \ -ˌpəŋ(k)-chər How to pronounce acupuncture (audio) \

Medical Definition of acupuncture

: an originally Chinese practice of inserting fine needles through the skin at specific points especially to cure disease, relieve pain, or promote healing

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