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Module 8: Psycho Spiritual Effect of Gua Sha

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Module 8: Psycho Spiritual Effect of Gua Sha

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The modern gaze is fixed on the scientific evidence for ancient medicine. Yet the medicine itself holds a map of mind/body associations that has also fascinated Westerners who suffer a mind-body bifurcation.

This seminar explores the impact of Gua sha on patients’ psycho spiritual life by examining how it is situated in film and books, what impact blood stasis and its resolution have and how this manifests in clinic during and after treatment with discussion of example cases.

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.

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. Cultural contexts: East and West
    1. Taking a history: cultural context of certain questions
    2. Culture and Gua sha process and appearance
    3. Review: hx of Western condescension and bias regarding East Asian medicine
  2. Cultural context: blood and Blood
    1. Blood signifies: temperament, identity, pedigree
    2. Blood acts: moves, joins, separates, warms, nourishes, moistens
  3. Blood stasis pain
    1. Physical signs
    2. Psycho spiritual signs
  4. Resolution of blood stasis
    1. Physical signs
    2. Psycho spiritual signs (including alarm at site of petechiae)
  5. 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

$75.00 USD

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