Meaning of acupressure in English:


Pronunciation /ˈakjʊˌprɛʃə/

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mass noun
  • 1A form of alternative therapy in which manual pressure is used to stimulate specific points on the body along what are considered to be lines of energy.

    ‘She has been having mind and body therapy, acupressure and acupuncture.’
    • ‘If someone is less flexible or unwell, more emphasis would be placed on working the energy lines with acupressure rather than stretching the body.’
    • ‘From these therapies they have selected four - massage, aromatherapy, acupressure and reflexology - that can be safely and effectively performed at home without prior training.’
    • ‘Some massages combine other touch therapies such as acupressure and reflexology - which practitioners say release your natural energy by stimulating pressure points in your body.’
    • ‘Homoeopathy, herbalism, acupuncture and acupressure are popular forms of treatment, while focusing on improving posture can also be beneficial.’
    • ‘This technique combines Swedish massage, acupressure, and deep strokes along your muscles.’
    • ‘Trigger-point therapy, or acupressure, stimulates tender points at the base of the skull, behind the neck.’
    • ‘Mrs Mason said the use of alternative therapies such as acupressure offered women more options in how they wanted to give birth.’
    • ‘Some of the therapies discussed include acupuncture and acupressure, drama and dance, herbal remedies, homeopathy, music, biofeedback, and therapeutic touch.’
    • ‘The feedback I receive is very specific, suggesting that acupressure is capable of providing a positive birthing choice for both women and their support people.’
    • ‘It has its basis in traditional Chinese medicine, and uses the same principles of energy and meridians as acupuncture or acupressure.’
    • ‘Practitioners of Thai massage use techniques from massage, yoga, acupressure, reflexology, and energy work to stretch and heal the body.’
    • ‘Acupuncture and related therapies such as acupressure have been found to be no more effective than placebo therapies.’
    • ‘The flow of Chi through the body is also encountered in traditional Chinese medicine, where techniques such as acupuncture and acupressure are used to re-establish the Chi balance.’
    • ‘Current evidence on the efficacy of acupressure and acupuncture in treating pregnancy-induced nausea is inconclusive.’
    • ‘The basis of acupuncture and acupressure has been understood and utilized for over 2,000 years.’
    • ‘In addition, you might try other strategies, such as progressive muscle relaxation, acupuncture and acupressure.’
    • ‘It will also inform the general public about the various other systems of medicine including allopathy, homeopathy, unani and acupressure.’
    • ‘I offer the following cases as illustrative of what I have done using simple Chinese medicine techniques even, at times, in the less than welcoming environment of a hospital where only acupressure can be used.’
    • ‘This complete system of Yoga therapy combines rhythmic massage, acupressure, gentle twisting, deep stretching and meditation.’
  • 2 historical A method of controlling bleeding involving the use of a needle to apply pressure to a ruptured blood vessel.


Mid 19th century (in acupressure (sense 2)): from acu- (in acupuncture) + pressure; in acupressure (sense 1), which dates from the 1970s, the word was chosen to reflect the close association of the therapy with acupuncture.