acupressure (n.) Look up acupressure at Dictionary.com
1859, name of a method (developed by J.Y. Simpson) of stopping surgical bleeding by pinning or wiring the artery shut, from Latin acus "a needle" (from PIE root *ak- "rise to a point, be sharp;" see acro-) + pressure (n.). From 1958 in reference to the oriental body therapy also known as shiatsu (said to mean literally "Finger-pressure" in Japanese).