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South Dakota Laws & Details

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There is no practice act for acupuncturists in South Dakota.


There is no practice act for acupuncturists in South Dakota.

Practice by Others

It has not been determined whether acupuncture is within the scope of practice of medical doctors and osteopaths.

Acupuncture has been ruled by the Attorney General to be within the scope of practice of chiropractors under the section allowing venipuncture for diagnostic purposes.  The board has adopted a policy requiring 100 hours of coursework, passage of the board exam on acupuncture and documentation of an additional 100 hours of education within two years.

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

South Dakota Board of Medical & Osteopathic Examiners
123 S. Main Ave, Ste. 100
Sioux Falls, SD  57104
(605) 367-7781
(605) 367-7786 (Fax)

South Dakota Board of Chiropractic Examiners
2603 Ella Lane, Yankton, SD  57078
(605) 668-9017
(605) 668-9017 (Fax)

There is no statute regulating acupuncture in South Dakota.

Local Organizations

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