Acupuncture is a technique in which practitioners insert fine needles into the skin to treat health problems. The needles may be manipulated manually or stimulated with small electrical currents (electroacupuncture).

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)Cited on 2023, May 25

“A system of complementary medicine in which fine needles are inserted in the skin at specific points along suppose lines of energy”

(The Concise Oxford Dictionary)

“An originally Chinese practice of inserting fine needles through the skin at specific points especially to cure disease or relieve pain (as in surgery)”

(Merriam Webster Online Dictionary)

A treatment for pain or illness in which thin needles are positioned just under the surface of the skin at special points around the body

(Cambridge Online Dictionary)

“Technique of inserting and manipulating fine filirform needles into specific points on the body to relieve pain or for therapeutic purposes associated with ot without moxisbution”

Variables definition, Malaysia National Health Morbidity Survey 2015

“Acupuncture involves stimulating specific points on the body. This is most often done by inserting thin needles through the skin, to cause a change in the physical functions of the body.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine – Cited on 2016 April 16

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