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Module 4: Safety: Reports, Risks and Guidelines for Gua Sha and Ba Guan

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Module 4: Safety: Reports, Risks and Guidelines for Gua Sha and Ba Guan

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This seminar teaches precise guidelines for the safe use of Gua sha and Ba guan based on case reports of complications in the literature and regulatory standards for safe reuse of medical instruments.

This seminar identifies harms and adverse events reported in the medical literature for Gua sha and Ba guan and details in simple language the CDC and FDA required procedures regarding semi-critical and critical medical instruments establishing guidelines for safe and ethical Gua sha and Ba guan practice. Every practitioner of traditional East Asian medicine needs to be aware of these standards of practice.

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.

Dr. Arya Nielsen's textbook Gua sha, a Traditional Technique for Modern Practice 2nd edition, is required reading for the Gua sha Certification Program. The 2nd edition textbook is not included in the purchase price of this Program or individual modules. However, you can find a bookseller near you to obtain your copy by clicking click here.

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. How language constitutes discourse
    1. Chinese medical terms of Gua sha: definitions
    2. Characters and significance
  2. Accurately modern medical terminology
    1. Western terms of abuse and bias
  3. Classical practice and TCM practice
    1. ‘we do not diagnose’
    2. Gua sha in Classical lineage of Dr. James Tin Yau So
  4. Lubricants and Tools suitable for Gua sha
    1. Appropriate for painless facile practice
    2. Appropriate for re use and high level disinfection
    3. Take away - Essentiality of practitioners using proper terminology for Gua sha
    4. 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 ( 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

$125.00 USD

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