Court Reverses Limits On Oriental Medicine

New Mexico – The NM Court of Appeals has overturned regulations that imposed more restrictions on the drugs and substances that can be administered by doctors of oriental medicine.

The court ruled Thursday that the regulations were improperly adopted last year by the state Board of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

A doctor of oriental medicine from Placitas, Glenn Wilcox, had challenged the board's regulations, saying they unfairly restricted his practice.

The board's regulations focused on the treatment of patients with intravenous substances and injection therapies. Some substances, such as human growth hormone, were banned.

The regulatory board's chairman did not immediately return a telephone call and e-mail Friday seeking comment on whether the court ruling will be appealed.

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