Definition of acupuncture in English:

acupuncture

noun

mass noun
  • 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.

    • ‘The day will explore a range of disciplines, including acupuncture, reiki and hypnotherapy.’
    • ‘Eiko then introduced me to acupuncture, which relieved my arthritis.’
    • ‘We can see how acupuncture, homoeopathy and herbalism might be tested.’
    • ‘Other useful complementary treatments include acupuncture, chiropractic, yoga and hypnosis.’
    • ‘Complementary therapies that have a relaxing effect, such as massage and acupuncture, may also be helpful.’
    • ‘However, the role of the brain stem and spinal cord in acupuncture remains unclear.’
    • ‘If an injury does occur, they can receive anything from laser treatment to acupuncture.’
    • ‘She is now based with her family in Glasgow where she practises acupuncture and writes.’
    • ‘The clinic also offers acupuncture, carried out by technicians with the minimum training.’
    • ‘Complementary therapies such as osteopathy and acupuncture are popular.’
    • ‘She had tried acupuncture and hypnosis for her IBS with very limited and transient success.’
    • ‘He developed his own system of Energy Medicine which was initially based on Chinese acupuncture.’
    • ‘Psychotherapy is another treatment that, like acupuncture, has a non-biomedical theory base.’
    • ‘In summary, acupuncture can be a good alternative for the treatment of renal colic.’
    • ‘The Chinese healing art of acupuncture is one that can be dated back at least two thousand years.’
    • ‘The Cochrane review of 20 trials found no benefit of acupuncture compared with sham acupuncture.’
    • ‘In fact, acupuncture is now used very successfully for all types of drug addiction.’
    • ‘I've tried all sorts of treatment including acupuncture and cortisone injections but nothing seems to work.’
    • ‘Some people have a fear of needles and imagine that acupuncture is painful.’
    • ‘He had booked in for a shiatsu massage, which is based on a Japanese therapy closely related to acupuncture.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

acupuncture

/ˈakjʊˌpʌŋ(k)tʃə/