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49 Pa. Code § 18.15a. Scope of practice of acupuncturists and practitioners of Oriental medicine.

§ 18.15a. Scope of practice of acupuncturists and practitioners of Oriental medicine.

 (a)  An acupuncturist may practice acupuncture and use supplemental techniques, including the use of non-prescription topical remedies which contain as active ingredients parts of plants, minerals and other organic materials, but may not use herbal therapy as defined in §  18.11 (relating to definitions) unless licensed by the Board as a practitioner of Oriental medicine.

 (b)  A practitioner of Oriental medicine may practice acupuncture and use supplemental techniques including herbal therapy. A practitioner of Oriental medicine is not prohibited from dispensing or administering therapeutic herbs that contain ingredients that are similar or equivalent to active ingredients in drugs as classified by the Federal Food and Drug Administration, unless otherwise prohibited by law or regulation.

 (c)  This section does not limit the scope of practice of a medical doctor who is licensed as an acupuncturist.


   The provisions of this §  18.15a amended under section 3 of the Acupuncture Licensure Act (63 P.S. §  1803); and section 8 of the Medical Practice Act of 1985 (63 P.S. §  422.8).


   The provisions of this §  18.15a adopted April 13, 2007, effective April 14, 2007, 37 Pa.B. 1644; amended January 8, 2010, effective January 9, 2010, 40 Pa.B. 250; amended September 15, 2023, effective September 16, 2023, 53 Pa.B. 5759. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (409192).

Cross References

   This section cited in 49 Pa. Code §  5.81 (relating to unprofessional and immoral conduct).

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