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 Other treatments available at the Orlando facility include acupuncture, massages, colon hydrotherapy and sauna sessions. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, 22 Aug. 2021 For instance, there are numerous reports of serious injury and even death following both chiropractic spinal manipulation and acupuncture. Nicholas B. Tiller, Quartz, 6 Aug. 2021 For instance, there are numerous reports of serious injury and even death following both chiropractic spinal manipulation and acupuncture. Nicholas B. Tiller, The Conversation, 5 Aug. 2021 The graphene foam inserts accommodate acupuncture points in the foot which prevent pain by distributing weight evenly and improving circulation. Julie Loffredi, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 The original community clinic, located directly in front of the new health center, has been converted into a fitness center that will offer physical and massage therapy, acupuncture, X-ray imaging and a gym. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 11 Aug. 2021 His practice at Meridian offers services like acupuncture, massages, yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, herbal medicine, cupping therapy and more. Gabrielle Bunton, The Courier-Journal, 10 Aug. 2021 This store was between a 7-Eleven and an acupuncture clinic, near a shoe repair place and a nail salon. Washington Post, 8 July 2021 The dots and dashes on the mummy’s skin correspond with common acupuncture points, suggesting that people had a sophisticated understanding of the human body and may have used tattooings to ease physical ailments like joint pain. New York Times, 5 July 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acupuncture. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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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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