Word of the Week--"Acupuncture"
Definition--Acupuncture- n. Ancient Chinese practice of puncturing the body at specific points to cure disease and relieve pain.
Discussion--Acupuncture seems to me to be a bizarre medical practice, but it is now widely accepted in the medical field as a legitimate medical procedure. The belief is that by puncturing the skin, as with needles, pressure points (acupoints) are relieved, and this allows the body's immune system to more effectively battle pain and disease. If you have never seen someone undergoing an acupuncture treatment, it is quite disconcerting. A person lies down on a table and has multiple, long needles stuck in his/her body. The needles are left in place for a period of time, leaving the person looking like somethingo out of the move Hellraiser. I don't know, but it doesn't sound like my idea of a relaxing, healing time.
I guess the reason that I am skeptical about the practice of acupuncture is that it is hard to believe that thousands of little microtraumas can bring about healing to the body. But then again, I'm not a doctor. Maybe I should just give in and try it. I'd probably find salvation.
Etymology--Acupuncture- formed from the Latin acus, meaning needle, + English puncture, meaning to break the surface.
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