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Superglossary - Acupuncture
Category: Health and Medicine > Acupuncture
Date & country: 17/12/2013, US
Words: 72


Acupuncture
The practice of inserting needles into the body to reduce pain or induce anesthesia . More broadly,

Acupuncturist
A person skilled in the practice of acupuncture, who may or may not be credentialed by a national ac

Addiction
A chronic relapsing condition characterized by compulsive drug-seeking and abuse and by long-lasting

Analgesia
The inability to feel pain while still conscious. From the Greek an-, without + algesis, sense of pa

Analgesic
A drug that relieves pain. With an effective analgesic, there is an inability to feel pain while sti

Anatomy
The study of form. Gross anatomy involves structures that can be seen with the naked eye. It is as o

Asthma
A common disorder in which chronic inflammation of the bronchial tubes (bronchi) makes them swell, n

Attention
The ability to focus selectively on a selected stimulus, sustaining that focus and shifting it at wi

Back Pain
Pain felt in the low or upper back. There are many causes of back pain.

Bacterial
Of or pertaining to bacteria. For example, a bacterial lung infection.

Blood
The familiar red fluid in the body that contains white and red blood cells, platelets, proteins, and

Blood Pressure
The blood pressure is the pressure of the blood within the arteries. It is produced primarily by the

Brain
That part of the central nervous system that is located within the cranium ( skull ). The brain func

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
A type of compression neuropathy (nerve damage) caused by compression and irritation of the median n

Chemotherapy
1. In the original sense, a chemical that binds to and specifically kills microbes or tumor cells. T

Circulation
The movement of fluid in a regular or circuitous course. Although the noun 'circulation' does not ne

Clinical
1. Having to do with the examination and treatment of patients. 2. Applicable to patients. A laborat

Conventional Medicine
Medicine as practiced by holders of M.D. (medical doctor) or D.O. (doctor of osteopathy) degrees and

Diagnosis
1 The nature of a disease

Disease
Illness or sickness often characterized by typical patient problems (symptoms) and physical findings

Elbow
The juncture of the long bones in the middle portion of the arm. The bone of the upper arm (humerus)

Electro-Acupuncture
A system whereby a minimal electric current is sent to certain meridian points. This can be done wit

Elements
The Chinese belief that everything around us comes in five elements. These elements are fire, water,

Endogenous
Inside. For example, endogenous cholesterol is cholesterol that is made inside the body and is not i

Essential
1. Something that cannot be done without.

Family
1. A group of individuals related by blood or marriage or by a feeling of closeness. 2. A biological

Fibromyalgia
A syndrome characterized by chronic pain , stiffness, and tenderness of muscles, tendons, and joints

Food And Drug Administration (FDA)
The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Public Health Service, which is a part of the Department of Healt

Gland
1. A group of cells that secrete a substance for use in the body. For example, the thyroid gland. 2.

Headache
A pain in the head with the pain being above the eyes or the ears, behind the head (occipital), or i

Health
As officially defined by the World Health Organization, a state of complete physical, mental, and so

Hepatitis
Inflammation of the liver from any cause.

Hygiene
The science of preventive medicine and the preservation of health. From the name of Hygeia, the daug

Hypothalamus
The area of the brain that controls body temperature, hunger, and thirst.

Immune
Protected against infection. The Latin immunis means free, exempt.

Infection
The growth of a parasitic organism within the body. (A parasitic organism is one that lives on or in

Injury
Harm or hurt. The term 'injury' may be applied in medicine to damage inflicted upon oneself as in a

Insertion
Chromosome abnormality due to insertion of a segment from one chromosome into another chromosome.

Intervention
The act of intervening, interfering or interceding with the intent of modifying the outcome. In medi

Liver
An organ in the upper abdomen that aids in digestion and removes waste products and worn-out cells f

Low Back Pain
Pain in the lower back area that can relate to problems with the lumbar spine, the discs between the

Menstrual
Pertaining to menstruation (the menses), as in last menstrual period, menstrual cramps, menstrual cy

Meridians
There are pathways in the body through which energy flows and Qi passes through. It is in these plac

Myriad
A great number, a very large number, a huge number of something.

Naloxone
A drug that antagonizes morphine and other opiates. Naloxone is a pure opiate antagonist and prevent

Nausea
Nausea is the urge to vomit. It can be brought by many causes including, systemic illnesses, such as

Neuroendocrine
Having to do with neuroendocrinology

NIH
The National Institutes of Health. The NIH is an important U.S. health agency. It is devoted to medi

Opioid
1. A synthetic narcotic that resembles the naturally occurring opiates. 2. Any substance that binds

Osteoarthritis
A type of arthritis caused by inflammation, breakdown, and eventual loss of cartilage in the joints.

Pain
An unpleasant sensation that can range from mild, localized discomfort to agony. Pain has both physi

Periphery
1. The outside or surface of a structure

Physiology
The study of how living organisms function including such processes as nutrition, movement, and repr

Pituitary
1. As an adjective, pertaining to the pituitary gland or its hormonal secretions. 2. As a noun, the

Pituitary Gland
The main endocrine gland. It is a small structure in the head. It is called the master gland because

Placebo
A 'sugar pill' or any dummy medication or treatment.

Pneumothorax
Free air in the chest outside the lung.

Qi
The belief in Qi deals with the flow of energy that, when balanced properly, keeps the body healthy.

Rehabilitation
The process of restoration of skills by a person who has had an illness or injury so as to regain ma

Sensory
Relating to sensation , to the perception of a stimulus and the voyage made by incoming ( afferent )

Side Effects
Problems that occur when treatment goes beyond the desired effect. Or problems that occur in additio

Skin
The skin is the body's outer covering. It protects us against heat and light, injury, and infection.

Specificity
1. The quality of being specific as, for example, she showed the use of specificity in her diagnosis

Stroke
The sudden death of some brain cells due to a lack of oxygen when the blood flow to the brain is imp

Surgery
The word 'surgery' has multiple meanings. It is the branch of medicine concerned with diseases and c

Syndrome
A set of signs and symptoms that tend to occur together and which reflect the presence of a particul

Systemic
Affecting the entire body. A systemic disease such as diabetes can affect the whole body. Systemic c

Tennis Elbow
A painful injury to the tendon that is attached to the outer part of the elbow due to repetitive twi

Therapeutic
Relating to therapeutics , that part of medicine concerned specifically with the treatment of diseas

Viral
Of or pertaining to a virus. For example, 'My daughter has a viral rash .'

Viral Hepatitis
Viral hepatitis is liver inflammation caused by viruses. Specific hepatitis viruses have been labele

Yin-Yang
Yin and Yang are conflicting powers within the body. Yang stands for dryness, the male essence and w