An Ashland acupuncturist has agreed to surrender his license in a settlement with the state that alleged he was providing naturopathic services even though he was no longer licensed to do so, the Attorney General's Office announced Thursday.

An Ashland acupuncturist has agreed to surrender his license in a settlement with the state that alleged he was providing naturopathic services even though he was no longer licensed to do so, the Attorney General's Office announced Thursday.

Paul Shandor Weiss, who operated Arura Clinic of Natural Medicine on Fourth Street, has agreed to surrender his acupuncture license, pay the Department of Justice $50,000 and permanently cease providing any health care service in Oregon, according to a release.

Weiss was previously licensed as a naturopathic doctor, but he surrendered his license in January after several serious complaints were filed with the state Board of Naturopathic Medicine, according to the Department of Justice.

A Department of Justice investigation found that Weiss used language on his website and intake forms that misrepresented the fact he had surrendered his naturopath license and that he was providing services outside the scope of a licensed acupuncturist.

Weiss said he disagreed with the investigation's findings and didn't believe he had presented himself as a licensed naturopathic physician on his website, but he agreed to the settlement to avoid incurring more legal costs.

"I had an acupuncture license but I wasn't practicing as a doctor," he said.

Weiss said he practiced as a licensed naturopathic physician and acupuncturist for about 20 years before surrendering his licenses.

"The real victims are my patients and potential future patients because I've helped thousands of people in those few decades," he said.

The state Board of Naturopathic Medicine, which is responsible for licensing and regulating naturopathic physicians in Oregon, referred the case to the Department of Justice.

"Oregonians must be able to rely on the credibility of health care providers," Attorney General John Kroger said in a release. "We will not permit unlicensed practitioners to put our personal safety at risk by misrepresenting their qualifications."

Weiss is now operating a health supply store, ProVisions For Health, at 233 Fourth St., where his acupuncturist business was located. It is legal for him to sell health supplies as long as he doesn't examine individual patients, diagnose problems or prescribe treatment, said Kate Medema, spokeswoman with the Attorney General's Office.

Weiss said he also plans to write health books now that he is no longer practicing acupuncture.

"I was facing a decision to retire from practice anyway," he said. "There are other things I want to do."

Contact reporter Hannah Guzik at 541-482-3456 ext. 226 or hguzik@dailytidings.com.