Noun Acupuncture Definition and Examples







A system of complementary medicine in which fine needles are inserted in the skin at specific points along what are considered to be lines of energy (meridians), used in the treatment of various physical and mental conditions.
  1. 'Complementary therapies that have a relaxing effect, such as massage and acupuncture, may also be helpful.'
  2. 'The Cochrane review of 20 trials found no benefit of acupuncture compared with sham acupuncture.'
  3. 'We can see how acupuncture, homoeopathy and herbalism might be tested.'
  4. 'Other useful complementary treatments include acupuncture, chiropractic, yoga and hypnosis.'
  5. 'He developed his own system of Energy Medicine which was initially based on Chinese acupuncture.'
  6. 'The clinic also offers acupuncture, carried out by technicians with the minimum training.'
  7. 'She is now based with her family in Glasgow where she practises acupuncture and writes.'
  8. 'He had booked in for a shiatsu massage, which is based on a Japanese therapy closely related to acupuncture.'
  9. 'If an injury does occur, they can receive anything from laser treatment to acupuncture.'
  10. 'Psychotherapy is another treatment that, like acupuncture, has a non-biomedical theory base.'
((n.) Pricking with a needle; a needle prick.|--|(n.) The insertion of needles into the living tissues for remedial purposes.|--|)


1. a Chinese medical practice or procedure that treats illness or provides local anesthesia by the insertion of needles at specified sites of the body. verb (used with object), acupunctured, acupuncturing.

2. to perform acupuncture on.


"There can be acupuncture meridians."
"There can be acupuncture analgesias."
"There can be acupuncture studies."
"There can be acupuncture needles."
"There can be acupuncture works."
"There can be acupuncture wards."
"There can be acupuncture treatments."
"There can be acupuncture techniques."
"There can be acupuncture centres."
"There can be acupuncture books."
"acupunctures can be on elbows."
"acupunctures can be in studies."
"acupunctures can be in places."
"acupunctures can be in pains."
"acupunctures can be in conjunctions."
"acupunctures can be for pets."
"acupunctures can be for elbows."
"acupunctures can be during labours."
"acupunctures can be at surgeries."
"acupunctures can be at hzs."

Late 17th century: from Latin acu ‘with a needle’ + puncture.

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