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)
acupuncturistplay \-ˌpəŋ(k)-chə-rist\ noun
Recent Examples of acupuncture from the Web
Acupuncture can potentially offset these hormonal changes as well.
According to its website, the clinic offers pain management via acupuncture, aromatherapy, massage therapy, and prayer.
The 30-minute sessions, rarely used on tortoises, combine acupuncture with electric currents to stimulate damaged nerves, speed healing and help with pain relief.
More than 2,000 years old, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) covers five main areas: acupuncture, massage, plants and herbs, dietary therapy and qigong exercises.
The review also offered guidelines for future acupuncture research.
Dr. Zhi Liang Huo in Winter Park began treating Alan’s double vision and leg numbness with acupuncture and herbal powder.
The hospital uses a combination of diet, exercise and traditional Chinese acupuncture to treat rising obesity rates.
Treatments may include medications, acupuncture, botulinum toxin A injections (better known as Botox, the wrinkle reducer), radiotherapy, or some combination of these.
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Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of acupuncture
Latin acus + English puncture
First Known Use: 1684See Words from the same year
ACUPUNCTURE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of acupuncture for English Language Learners
: a method of relieving pain or curing illness by placing needles into a person's skin at particular points on the body
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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