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North Dakota Laws & Details

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Acupuncturists are not licensed separately in North Dakota.


There is no specific training required for a medical or osteopathic doctor to practice acupuncture.

Practice by Others

Only a medical doctor, osteopath and chiropractor may practice acupuncture in North Dakota.

Chiropractors may practice acupuncture after 100 hours of acupuncture training.  A chiropractor may not supervise a non-physician acupuncturist.

NOTE:  Look for a physician with formal training in the practice of acupuncture.  Acupuncture and Oriental medicine is an art and a science that takes years to master.  While any licensed physician can stick needles into you, for a positive experience and results, find an acupuncturist with experience treating a similar condition (with acupuncture) to what you have.

Governmental Body

North Dakota State Board of Medical Examiners
418 E. Broadway Ave., Suite 12
Bismarck, ND 58501 
(701) 328-6500
(701) 328-6505 (Fax)

Medical Practice Act:  Medical Practice Act of North Dakota Chapter 43-17

There is no practice act for acupuncturists, however, the State Board of Chiropractic Examiners does make special provisions to allow qualified chiropractors to perform acupuncture within the scope of chiropractic.  See Regulation of Acupuncture - Options.

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