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Module 11: Treating Specific Disorders with Gua Sha

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In this seminar we engage the interactive assessment tools of classical acupuncture practice in the lineage of Dr. James Tin Yau So to explore what, where and when to treat with Gua sha based on the morphology of presenting signs: location, quality, mutability, association and responsiveness of a presentation. Dosage and frequency are discussed based on the nature and longevity of a problem, whether structural, or functional.

There are no handouts of slides to download for this course
Dr. Arya Nielsen purposefully did not include any slides for downloads for this specific module. Your required text, Gua sha, A Traditional Technique for Modern Practice (Chapter 8 pages 71-82)) serves as your handout for this module.

Please Note: Chapter 8 from Dr. Arya Nielsen's textbook Gua sha, a Traditional Technique for Modern Practice, is required reading for this module and the certification program. The textbook is not included in the purchase price of this course. You are required to obtain a copy of her book. To purchase book click here

Certification Course

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 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. 

This course is approved with the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB).

  1. Overview and Background
  2. Classical practice in lineage of Dr. James Tin Yau So
  3. Traditional Chinese Medicine TCM bianzheng differentiation
  4. PRC texts
  5. ‘Diagnosis’ in Classical interactive practice
  6. Location
  7. Quality
  8. Mutability
  9. Association
  10. Incorporating changes within the session itself
  11. Sorting by Jiao
    1. Upper jiao
      1. Respiratory and Cardiac problem
      2. Musculoskeletal problems: upper jiao and extremities
      3. Confluence of symptoms of focal sinus inflammation
    2. Thermal dysregulation, infection and inflammation
    3. Middle jiao
      1. Disorders accessible middle jiao
      2. Example: gallstones
    4. Middle and Lower jiao
      1. Disorders accessible middle and lower jiao
    5. Lower jiao
      1. Example: hemorrhoids
      2. Disorders accessible lower jiao
  12. Specifics for Extremity problems
    1. Example: tennis elbow
  13. Recap for how to approach treatment from a Classical interactive perspective
  14. Recap on research supporting the indications for Gua sha covered in this lecture
  15. Discussion re dosage and frequency
    1. Acute or chronic disorders
    2. Recommend review of cases
  16. Review, 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 ( 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. Arya can be contacted by email at or at her website

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