acupuncture

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

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 \ ˈa-​kyə-​ˌpəŋ(k)-​chə-​rist How to pronounce acupuncture (audio) , ˈa-​kə-​ \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web Khadija Tudor, the owner of Life Wellness Center, a massage and acupuncture studio and apothecary in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, has been selling merchandise outside without having heard of Open Storefronts. New York Times, "Outdoor Dining Is a Hit. What About Outdoor Shopping?," 2 Dec. 2020 Regularly engaging in activities such as exercise, yoga, meditation, massage and acupuncture can separate your mind from your troubles and help to reduce stress responses, Koshgerian said. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Dentists are seeing more cracked teeth. Pandemic stress is to blame," 29 Sep. 2020 The new JenCare Dolton location opened Dec. 16 and will offer unlimited visits, as well as on-site cardiology, medication dispensing, imaging, labs, acupuncture and more. Bob Bong, chicagotribune.com, "Comings & Goings: Dollar Tree coming to Frankfort Square," 29 Dec. 2020 Those essential businesses included grocery stores, banks, acupuncture facilities, campgrounds, garages and transportation facilities. Cass R. Sunstein Bloomberg Opinion (tns), Star Tribune, "Don't read too much into worship ruling," 30 Nov. 2020 After receiving acupuncture, Anstead quickly overcame her infertility and became pregnant. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Christina Anstead Says She’s Going to Focus More on “Spiritual Healing” Next Year," 17 Nov. 2020 Kantor has tried every avenue imaginable to regain his sense of smell: a course of high-dose steroids to reduce inflammation; a smell-training program with essential oils; beta-carotene supplements for nerve regeneration; acupuncture. Stephani Sutherland, Scientific American, "Mysteries of COVID Smell Loss Finally Yield Some Answers," 18 Nov. 2020 Like the head massager, this design is based upon acupuncture points. Popular Science, "These seven massagers can help eliminate your pent-up stress," 12 Nov. 2020 One lazy afternoon a few years ago, a woman my age was giving me acupuncture. Minae Mizumura, The New York Review of Books, "A Decent America," 5 Nov. 2020

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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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20 Jan 2021

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“Acupuncture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acupuncture. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for acupuncture

acupuncture

noun
How to pronounce acupuncture (audio)

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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