Please Note: Certain pages from Dr. Arya Nielsen's textbook Gua sha, a Traditional Technique for Modern Practice, is required reading for this course. The textbook is not included in the purchase price of this course. You are required to obtain a copy of her book. You receive your 4 CEU/PDA for reading pages 1-10 from the textbook and watching the video lecture. To purchase book click here.
Gua sha works! It is a centuries old traditional East Asian technique that is more effective than acupuncture for pain. Gua sha treats acute and chronic disorders including fever, headache and body aches, cough, wheeze, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea associated with infectious illness as well as pain and inflammation associated with chronic musculoskeletal conditions and internal organ disease.
We want to share with you the lecture portion from Arya's module 1 course, The Science of Gua sha, to hopefully inspire and motivate you to want to learn how to safely and effectively offer Gua Sha in your practice to enhance your clinical results and success. After watching it, if you want the handouts and 4 CEU/PDA/CPD then please register by clicking add to cart. Click here to gain free access to the lecture portion of this module.
Science now shows Gua sha produces an anti-inflammatory and immune protective effect that persists for days following a single treatment that accounts for, in part, Gua sha’ ability to treat acute and chronic internal organ disorders including liver inflammation in hepatitis. This seminar details how science informs the therapeutic effect of Gua sha.
Once learned, Gua sha is easy to incorporate into any clinical practice and has an immediate positive impact. Its effect on pain within a session can often be correlated to immediate and significant Tongue changes revealing more about the depth and direction of a disorder. Including Gua sha in practice expands the reach and impact of treatment now with science to show how.
This course is part of the Gua Sha Certification program by Dr. Arya Neilsen comprised of 11 modules.
You can choose to take the full certification program (all 11 modules and hands on training with Dr. Arya Nielsen) and be listed on the www.guasha.com website or you can choose a la carte and take just the modules that interest you and only receive continuing education credits.
If you have taken one or more of the modules below and you want to take all 11 modules and save on the bulk registration please contact Healthy Seminars directly and we can apply the fees you have paid for the individual modules toward the Complete 11 module program. It is cheaper to register for the complete program than to register for all 11 modules individually.
- Module 1 - The Science of Gua sha: Anti inflammation and Immune Protection
- Module 2 - History: acupuncture, bloodletting, Gua sha and cholera
- Module 3 - Terms and Tools for Gua sha
- Module 4 - Safety and Ethics: Reports, Risks and Guidelines for Gua sha (press-stroking) and Ba guan (cupping)
- Module 5 - Safety, Medical Errors & Ethics: 'Complications' & Contraindications for Gua sha
- Module 6 - Evidence for Gua sha: a Literature Review
- Module 7 - Colors of flesh, sha and significant Tongue changes
- Module 8 - Psycho spiritual effect of Gua sha
- Module 9 - Indications and Applications: Gua sha
- Module 10 - Results and Recommendations
- Module 11 - Treating Specific Disorders with Gua sha
- Background and terms
- Microperfusion: laser Doppler study
- Connective tissue model/directionality
- Chemical upregulation
- Nitric oxide: NO
- Heme Oxygenase-1: HO-1
- CO, biliverdin, bilirubin
- Clinical application for inflammation
- Neck pain, back pain, mastitis
- Clinical application for internal organ disease
- Cardiovascular disease,
- Renal disease
- Pulmonary disease
- Reperfusion ischemia
- What is Gua sha’s impact on
- Auto immune disease?
- Chemotherapy treatment?
- Summary, Question and Answers, Program Worksheet and Quiz
Dr. Arya Nielsen is an American acupuncturist taught in the classical lineage of Dr. James Tin Yau So. She graduated in the first class of the first acupuncture college in the United States in 1977 (New England School of Acupuncture). She is a practitioner, teacher, author, and researcher and is considered the Western clinical authority on Gua sha.
Dr Nielsen is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in the Department of Family Medicine & Community Health and directs the Acupuncture Fellowship for Inpatient Care at Mount Sinai. Her research includes both the physiology and therapeutic effect of Gua sha, acupuncture therapies for acute care and the inpatient setting as well as research on the treatment of chronic pain in underserved populations.
Dr. Nielsen is the author of the textbook Gua Sha, A Traditional Technique for Modern Practice, (also in German, French and Italian) now in its second edition. She also filmed Gua Sha: Step-by-Step a teaching DVD. Arya teaches internationally on topics related to East Asian medicine and Integrative medicine she developed and teaches the Gua sha Certification Course with ProD Seminars (http://www.prodseminars.net/guasha) as well as courses on safe and ethical practice standards, evidence for acupuncture and traditional East Asian modalities, and inpatient hospital-based acupuncture therapy.
Dr. Nielsen is the Chair of the Policy Working Group for the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health, the 70 plus North American member organization of academic medical centers and health systems that support utilization of evidence-based nonpharmacologic therapies as integrative medical care. Arya served on a 2014 Joint Commission Stakeholder Panel on pain that led to their clarification (2015) that nonpharmacologic therapies be included in treatment strategies.
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I never knew there was SO MUCH science behind Gua Sha and to hear it explained was quite amazing! ~ Roselyn
This instructor is highly knowledgeable, and enjoyable to listen to. I'm looking forward to the rest of the modules. ~ Kathleen
I´m most satisfied with this lecture. It´s good to be able to rewind as I sometimes have laungue problems and need to hear things twice (or more). ~ Helle
This is information everyone practicing East Asian Medicine in the West should know. It is also information physicians and allied health professionals should be exposed to so that they know about an important modality with strong scientific basis. This would help them evaluate Gua Sha as a modality to incorporate into their practice, either by working with an LAc or learning more about EAM themselves. ~ Brenda
I was very pleased to learn of both the chemical and mechanical actions of gua sha. It is a modality that I use often and have recently been seeing dramatic results in the clinic. Now, I feel I have a better understanding of why it works and more knowledge to pass along to patients. Thank you.~ Lillian
very valuable info! ~ Enensaauas
Excellent course, and I'm looking forward to the rest of them. This is an incredibly important aspect to acupuncture and treatment of our client. Thank you Dr. Nielsen! ~ Stephanie
Lots of new and interesting facts
Great teacher and very interesting material.
It was ok..hard to follow at times
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