Definition of acupuncture in English:



  • A system of complementary medicine that involves pricking the skin or tissues with needles, used to alleviate pain and to treat various physical, mental, and emotional conditions. Originating in ancient China, acupuncture is now widely practiced in the West.

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


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