Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See shiatsu.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An alternative medicine technique, derived from acupuncture, in which physical pressure is applied to acupoints.
  • n. A mode of arresting hemorrhage resulting from wounds or surgical operations, by passing under the divided vessel a needle, the ends of which are left exposed externally on the cutaneous surface.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A mode of arresting hemorrhage resulting from wounds or surgical operations, by passing under the divided vessel a needle, the ends of which are left exposed externally on the cutaneous surface.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In surgery, a method (first published by Sir J. Y. Simpson in 1859) of stopping hemorrhage in arteries during amputations, etc., consisting in pressing the artery closely by means of a pin or needle or bit of inelastic wire, introduced through the sides or flaps of the wound, instead of tying with a thread. There are various modes of inserting the pin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. treatment of symptoms by applying pressure with the fingers to specific pressure points on the body

Etymologies

acu(puncture) + pressure.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Blend of acupuncture and pressure? (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In my home, this is what we call the acupressure point that relieves nausea.

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  • To start, treatment using acupressure is based on the ancient art of using pressure points to align "chakras" in the body, thought to release the body's natural healing powers.

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  • Unlike a classic nail bed made famous by performers, the modern-day mats, sometimes called "acupressure mats," are made with small disks of plastic spikes.

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  • Traditionally the Chinese have used many methods including a massage technique called acupressure, the use of heat in the form of moxibustion and the placement of small bamboo or glass cups by a vacuum or suction method.

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  • Unlike a classic nail bed made famous by performers, the modern-day mats, sometimes called 'acupressure mats,' are made with small discs of plastic spikes.

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  • The majority of gringos work in real estate, construction, food service, export and personal services such as acupressure and computer support.

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  • In Oriental medicine, meridians, also known as acupressure vessels, are energy pathways, a system or networking of invisible bodily energy channels that run and recharge the body’s energy fields.

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  • At first she was unsure about the more "new-agey sounding" techniques the class covered, such as acupressure, but for two months she and her husband practiced using a comb to stimulate pressure points in her palm, which were said to release endorphins, the body's natural painkillers.

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  • The Equi-Pressure course teaches equine acupressure, which is the nonintrusive stimulation of specific energy points on a horse’s body to maintain and restore vitality and health.

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  • The fold of skin in front of the opening of the ear the tragus is an acupressure point for feeling full.

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