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54-4702.  Definitions. As used in this chapter:
(1)  "Acupuncture" means that theory of health care developed from traditional and modern Oriental medical philosophies that employs diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the human body based upon stimulation of specific acupuncture points on meridians of the human body for the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health and for the prevention of disease. Therapies within the scope of acupuncture include manual, mechanical, thermal, electrical and electromagnetic treatment of such specific indicated points. Adjunctive therapies included in, but not exclusive to, acupuncture include herbal and nutritional treatments, therapeutic exercise and other therapies based on traditional and modern Oriental medical theory.
(2)  "Board" means the Idaho state board of acupuncture.
(3)  "NCCAOM" means "National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine."
(4)  "Practice of acupuncture" means the insertion of acupuncture needles and use of similar devices and therapies, including application of moxibustion, to specific indicated points on the skin of the human body as indicated pursuant to traditional and modern theories of Oriental medicine. The "practice of acupuncture" does not include:
(a)  Surgery; or
(b)  Prescribing, dispensing or administering any prescription drug or legend drug as defined in section 54-1705, Idaho Code.

[54-4702, added 1999, ch. 379, sec. 1, p. 1039; am. 2002, ch. 26, sec. 2, p. 33; am. 2006, ch. 290, sec. 4, p. 894; am. 2009, ch. 244, sec. 6, p. 754; am. 2011, ch. 135, sec. 6, p. 381; am. 2013, ch. 28, sec. 16, p. 67; am. 2013, ch. 270, sec. 6, p. 706; am. 2014, ch. 146, sec. 8, p. 401; am. 2015, ch. 28, sec. 14, p. 60; am. 2018, ch. 37, sec. 20, p. 96; am. 2021, ch. 54, sec. 40, p. 183; am. 2022, ch. 45, sec. 8, p. 132; am. 2022, ch. 178, sec. 4, p. 582.]

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