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

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

acupuncture

/ˈakjʊˌpʌŋ(k)tʃə/