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a Chinese medical practice or procedure that treats illness or provides local anesthesia by the insertion of needles at specified sites of the body.
to perform acupuncture on.
Contemporary Examples

acupuncture increases fertility: Probably false, but unknown.
The Biggest Myths and Truths About Baby Making Jean Twenge July 24, 2014

Historical Examples

Needling or acupuncture consists in piercing the nerve at intervals in the buttock and thigh with long steel needles.
Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles

acupuncture, ak-ū-pungkt′ūr, n. an operation for relieving pain by puncturing the flesh with needles.
Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D) Various

Did you ever see one of those Japanese figures with the points for acupuncture marked upon it?
The Poet at the Breakfast Table Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Chinatown—Interesting Chinese businesses from herb shops to acupuncture clinics.
Oahu Traveler’s guide Bill Gleasner

At first purely theurgic, the practice was later characterized by acupuncture and a refined study of the pulse.
The Evolution of Modern Medicine William Osler

Besides composing some mediocre poetry, Yang Hsiung wrote on acupuncture, music, and philology.
A History of Chinese Literature Herbert A. Giles

the insertion of the tips of needles into the skin at specific points for the purpose of treating various disorders by stimulating nerve impulses. Originally Chinese, this method of treatment is practised in many parts of the world Also called stylostixis

1680s, “pricking with a needle” to ease pain, from Latin acus “needle” (see acuity) + puncture. The verb is first recorded 1972.

acupuncture ac·u·punc·ture (āk’yə-pŭngk’chər)
A procedure in which specific body areas associated with peripheral nerves are pierced with fine needles to produce anesthesia, relieve pain, and promote therapy.
The practice of inserting thin needles into the body at specific points to relieve pain, treat a disease, or anesthetize a body part during surgery. Acupuncture has its origin in traditional Chinese medicine and has been in use for more than 5,000 years.
acupuncture [(ak-yuh-pungk-chuhr)]

A technique, which originated in China, for curing disease, relieving pain, or bringing about partial anesthesia by inserting needles into the body at specific points.


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    noun any of various places on the human body on a line of energy (called a meridian) into which an acupuncture needle can be inserted to exact a benefit; also called acupoint Word Origin 1932-34

  • Acupuncturist

    a person, as a physician, chiropractor, or layperson, who practices . n. 1843, from acupuncture + -ist.

  • Acurp

    acurp American College of Utilization Review Physicians

  • Acus

    Surgery. a needle, especially one used in a surgical operation. (def 1). Historical Examples For acus with an aspiration nor without is no word of the countrey. The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques, and Discoveries of the English Nation, Volume XIV (of 16) Richard Hakluyt Amongst these is the Roman fibula, which instead of being made […]

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