Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Physical Therapy
Regulations Governing the Practice of Physical Therapy [18 VAC 112 ‑ 20]
Action Practice of dry needling
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ended on 7/26/2019
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7/18/19  1:15 am
Commenter: Wen Zhou Zhong, AACMA

FDA law, it's illegal to use acupuncture needle, a medical device, without an acupuncture license.

Dry needling just renamed the thousands-year-old concepts of acupuncture with modern anatomical terms.  Studies showed that more than 92% of common trigger points are anatomically similar to acupoints, and they are both used to treat the same pain disorders.  According to the Code of Federal Regulations 21CFR880.5580, it's illegal to use acupuncture needle with an acupuncture license.

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