from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A procedure used in or adapted from Chinese medical practice in which specific body areas are pierced with fine needles for therapeutic purposes or to relieve pain or produce regional anesthesia.
- transitive v. To subject to acupuncture.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The insertion of needles into living tissue, especially for remedial purposes.
- v. To treat with acupuncture.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Pricking with a needle; a needle prick.
- transitive v. To treat with acupuncture.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In surgery, to perform the operation of acupuncture upon.
- n. A surgical operation consisting in the insertion of delicate needles in the tissues.
- n. A mode of infanticide in some countries, consisting in forcing a needle into the brain of the child.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. treatment of pain or disease by inserting the tips of needles at specific points on the skin
Another report claims the term acupuncture was coined by Dr. Willliam Ten Rhyne.
The word acupuncture was coined by French Jesuits from the Latin acus (needle) and punctura (puncture).
There are numerous references to the origin of the word acupuncture.
I agree with you that acupuncture is a false therapy.
However I will add that acupuncture is a false therapy … in and of itself … unless the receiver happens to believe that it heals.
The same principles that are used for healing in acupuncture and acupressure massage are also used in oriental martial arts for fighting and self-defense.
A second treelike system, running parallel and powered by direct-current electrical signals rooted in the brain stem, was also known and mapped by direct, intuitive science and was called the acupuncture meridians.
I am going to categorize them into three levels — those could be cured solely by acupuncture, those to which acupuncture is the major treatment and those with acupuncture as assisting treatment.
I was never a believer in acupuncture but after a friend cured her LI with it, I was willing to try it.
Experts such as Soliman are quick to say that acupuncture is no cure, and cost can be a problem.