- a practice analogous to acupuncture but involving the application of manual pressure to parts of the body rather than the insertion of needles
- Med. a procedure of placing needles in the tissue adjacent to a seriously bleeding vessel to compress the vessel and stop the bleeding
Origin of acupressureacu(puncture) + pressure
Origin of acupressureacu(puncture) pressure
- An alternative medicine technique, derived from acupuncture, in which physical pressure is applied to acupoints.
- (dated) 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.