Adjective "acupuncture" definition and examples

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Definitions 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. 'In fact, acupuncture is now used very successfully for all types of drug addiction.'
  2. 'The day will explore a range of disciplines, including acupuncture, reiki and hypnotherapy.'
  3. 'Complementary therapies that have a relaxing effect, such as massage and acupuncture, may also be helpful.'
  4. 'He had booked in for a shiatsu massage, which is based on a Japanese therapy closely related to acupuncture.'
  5. 'The clinic also offers acupuncture, carried out by technicians with the minimum training.'
  6. 'Some people have a fear of needles and imagine that acupuncture is painful.'
  7. 'The Cochrane review of 20 trials found no benefit of acupuncture compared with sham acupuncture.'
  8. 'He developed his own system of Energy Medicine which was initially based on Chinese acupuncture.'
  9. 'However, the role of the brain stem and spinal cord in acupuncture remains unclear.'
  10. 'I've tried all sorts of treatment including acupuncture and cortisone injections but nothing seems to work.'

More definitions

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.

More examples(as adjective)

"needles can be acupuncture."

"doctors can be acupuncture."


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