Acupuncture

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Acupuncture: a jab well done; a form of medicine that pricks the skin with needles to alleviate pain. 

I find Noah Webster’s old definition interesting.  “Among the Chinese, a surgical operation, performed by pricking the part affected with a needle.”

From Latin Latin acus (needle) and pungere (to prick, pierce).

Comic from Off the Mark by Mark Parisi.