Acupuncture Therapy OR Acupressure


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Acupuncture Therapy OR Acupressure    Acupuncture Therapy OR Acupressure

The first unequivocal documentation of acupuncture dates from 100 BCE and locations of specific acupuncture points from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) (1). Acutherapy is the utilization of fine needles, pressure, laser or electrotherapy to stimulate specific acupuncture points in the treatment of disease or injury.

(1) White A, Ernst E. A brief history of acupuncture. Rheumatology (Oxford) 2004 May;43(5):662-3.

Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) Information

MeSH Term: Acupuncture Therapy

Scope Note: Treatment of disease by inserting needles along specific pathways or meridians. The placement varies with the disease being treated. It is sometimes used in conjunction with heat, moxibustion, acupressure, or electric stimulation.

MeSH Synonyms:
  • Acupuncture Therapy
  • Therapy, Acupuncture
  • Acupuncture Treatment
  • Acupuncture Treatments
  • Treatment, Acupuncture
  • Pharmacoacupuncture Treatment
  • Treatment, Pharmacoacupuncture
  • Pharmacoacupuncture Therapy
  • Therapy, Pharmacoacupuncture
Applicable MeSH Subheadings:
  • adverse effects
  • classification
  • contraindications
  • economics
  • education
  • epidemiology
  • ethics
  • history
  • instrumentation
  • methods
  • mortality
  • nursing
  • organization and administration
  • pharmacology
  • psychology
  • standards
  • statistics and numerical data
  • therapeutic use
  • therapy
  • trends
  • utilization
  • veterinary
See Related MeSH Terms:
MeSH Term: Acupressure

Scope Note: A type of massage in which finger pressure on specific body sites is used to promote healing, relieve fatigue, etc. Although the anatomical locations are the same as the ACUPUNCTURE POINTS used in ACUPUNCTURE THERAPY (hence acu-), no needle or other acupuncture technique is employed in acupressure. (From Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2d ed). Shiatsu is a modern outgrowth that focuses more on prevention than healing.

MeSH Synonyms:
  • Acupressure
  • Shiatsu
  • Zhi Ya
  • Chih Ya
  • Shiatzu
Applicable MeSH Subheadings:
  • adverse effects
  • economics
  • history
  • instrumentation
  • methods
  • nursing
  • organization and administration
  • pharmacology
  • psychology
  • standards
  • statistics and numerical data
  • therapeutic use
  • therapy
  • trends
  • utilization

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