License required; use of titles.
Duties and powers of examining board.
Disciplinary proceedings and actions.
In this chapter:
“Board" means the naturopathic medicine examining board.
“Limited-scope naturopathic doctor" means an individual licensed under s. 466.04 (2)
“Minor office procedure" includes the methods for the repair and care incidental to superficial lacerations, superficial abrasions, and superficial lesions and the removal of foreign bodies located in the superficial tissues.
“Naturopathic medicine” means, except as provided in par. (c)
, a system of primary health care for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of human health conditions, injury, and disease; the promotion or restoration of health; and the support and stimulation of a patient's inherent self-healing processes through patient education and the use of naturopathic therapies and therapeutic substances, including all of the following:
Ordering and performing physical and laboratory examinations, for diagnostic purposes, consistent with naturopathic education and training, including all of the following:
Dispensing, administering, ordering, or performing any of the following:
Food, extracts of food, nutraceuticals, vitamins, amino acids, minerals, enzymes, botanical medicines, homeopathic medicines, and dietary supplements.
Hot or cold hydrotherapy, naturopathic physical medicine, the use of therapeutic medical equipment, and therapeutic exercise.
Devices, including therapeutic devices, barrier contraception, and durable medical equipment.
Recommending, dispensing, and administering nonprescription drug products.
Signing and attesting to any certificates, cards, forms or other required documentation that a physician may sign, so long as it is within the naturopathic doctor's scope of practice. This subdivision does not supersede any federal or state statute, rule, or regulation.
“Naturopathic medicine” includes ordering or performing any other diagnostic, therapeutic, or other procedure or practice identified in rules promulgated under s. 466.03 (2) (a)
“Naturopathic medicine” does not include any of the following:
Performing any surgical procedure other than a minor office procedure.
Administering ionizing radioactive substances for therapeutic purposes.
Performing surgical procedures involving the eye, ear, tendons, nerves, veins, or arteries that extend beyond superficial tissue.
Performing any procedure or practice that is prohibited by the board by rule under s. 466.03 (2) (a)
or that is excluded from the definition of naturopathic physical medicine under sub. (7) (b)
“Naturopathic medicine” is distinct from the practice of medicine and surgery, as defined in s. 448.01 (9)
“Naturopathic physical medicine” includes, except as provided in par. (b)
, manually administering mechanical treatment of body structures or tissues for the purpose of restoring normal physiological function to the body by normalizing and balancing the musculoskeletal system of the body, such as massage, stretching, resistance, or joint play examination.
“Naturopathic physical medicine” does not include any of the following:
The employment or application of chiropractic or spinal adjustments and the principles or techniques of chiropractic science as described in s. 446.01 (2) (b)
The manipulation or adjustment of the spine or extremity joints of the human body beyond the elastic barrier, including small amplitude movement at or beyond the end range of normal joint motion.
History: 2021 a. 130
License required; use of titles. 466.02(1)(a)
Except as provided in subs. (2) (a)
, no person may practice naturopathic medicine or make a representation that he or she is authorized to do so unless the person is licensed under this chapter.
Except as provided in subs. (2) (b)
, no person may designate himself or herself as a naturopathic doctor or doctor of naturopathic medicine; use or assume the title “naturopathic doctor," “doctor of naturopathic medicine," or “doctor of naturopathy"; use the words “naturopathic medicine” or “naturopathic health care” in connection with his or her practice; append to the person's name the letters “N.D." or “ND"; use any other titles, words, letters, abbreviations, insignia, or designation that would imply that the individual is licensed, certified, or registered as a naturopathic doctor or doctor of naturopathic medicine; or claim to render naturopathic medicine or naturopathic health care services unless the person is licensed under s. 466.04 (1)
This paragraph does not prohibit or restrict a person from designating himself or herself as a naturopath or from using or assuming the title “naturopath” if that designation or use does not otherwise violate subd. 1.
Any person lawfully practicing within the scope of a license, permit, registration, or certification granted by this state or the federal government.
The provision of information in connection with the sale of vitamins or herbs.