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Acupuncture or Eastern medicine.

Acupuncture or Eastern medicine is a health care service using acupuncture or Eastern medicine diagnosis and treatment to promote health and treat organic or functional disorders. Acupuncture and Eastern medicine includes the following:
(1) Acupuncture, includes the use of acupuncture needles or lancets to directly and indirectly stimulate acupuncture points and meridians;
(2) Use of electrical, mechanical, or magnetic devices to stimulate acupuncture points and meridians;
(3) Moxibustion;
(4) Acupressure;
(5) Cupping;
(6) Dermal friction technique;
(7) Infrared;
(8) Sonopuncture;
(9) Laserpuncture;
(10) Point injection therapy:
(a) Is defined as meaning the subcutaneous, intramuscular and intradermal injection of substances consistent with the practice of acupuncture or Eastern medicine to stimulate acupuncture points, ashi points, trigger points and meridians. Substances are limited to:
(i) Saline;
(ii) Sterile water;
(iii) Herbs specifically manufactured for injection by means of hypodermic needles;
(iv) Minerals specifically manufactured for injection by means of hypodermic needles;
(v) Vitamins in liquid form specifically manufactured for injection by means of hypodermic needles; and
(vi) Homeopathic and nutritional substances specifically manufactured for injection by means of hypodermic needles.
(b) For the purposes of this section, includes trigger points as a subset of acupuncture points and ashi points as recognized in the current practice of acupuncture or Eastern medicine.
(c) Does not include injection of controlled substances contained in Schedules I through V of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, chapter 69.50 RCW or steroids as defined in RCW 69.41.300.
(11) Dietary advice and health education based on acupuncture or Eastern medical theory, including the recommendation and sale of herbs, vitamins, minerals, and dietary and nutritional supplements.
(a) Health education is educational information directed to the patient that attempts to improve, maintain, promote and safeguard the health care of the patient. Health education consists of educating the patient on how the mind, body and spirit connect in context of imbalances, emotional patterns and tendencies as defined by and treated in acupuncture or Eastern medicine.
(b) Health education does not include mental health counseling;
(12) Breathing, relaxation, and Eastern exercise techniques;
(13) Qi gong;
(14) Eastern massage. Eastern massage means manual techniques having originated in East Asia involving the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for therapeutic purposes.
(a) Eastern massage consists of:
(i) Applying fixed or movable pressure;
(ii) Passive, resistive, and assisted stretching of fascial and connective tissue;
(iii) Holding or causing movement of the body; or
(iv) Tapping, compressions or friction.
(b) Eastern massage may be performed with the use of tools common to the practice and aids of superficial heat, cold, water, lubricants, salts, minerals, liniments, poultices, and herbs.
(c) Eastern massage does not include attempts to adjust or manipulate any articulations of the body or spine or mobilization of these articulations by the use of a thrusting force.
(15) Tui na. Tui na is a method of Eastern bodywork, characterized by the kneading, pressing, rolling, shaking, and stretching of the body and does not include spinal manipulation; and
(16) Superficial heat and cold therapies.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.06.160, chapter 18.06 RCW, 2019 c 308, 2020 c 229 and 2020 c 76. WSR 21-09-008, § 246-803-030, filed 4/8/21, effective 5/9/21. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.06.160. WSR 20-03-112, § 246-803-030, filed 1/15/20, effective 2/15/20. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.06.230, 18.06.160, and 18.06.010. WSR 17-15-006, § 246-803-030, filed 7/5/17, effective 7/5/17. Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.06 RCW and 2010 c 286. WSR 11-17-105, § 246-803-030, filed 8/22/11, effective 9/22/11.]
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