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The Science of Gua Sha: Anti inflammation and Immune Protection

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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.

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.

You can receive 4 CEU/PDA/CPD for The Science of Gua Sha by registering for Module 1 of Arya's Gua Sha course (includes lecture slides, additional handouts and 10 pages of required reading from Arya's text book Gua Sha )

  • By resolving Blood stasis Gua sha has a role in treating:
  • Acute or chronic musculoskeletal pain from injury, overuse or illness
  • Acute illnesses including fever, sinusitis, influenza, bronchitis, Lyme, Dengue fever, malaria, etc.
  • Chronic illnesses and conditions including auto immune disorders: Crohns disease, Colitis, Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis, Sarcoidosis etc.
  • Chronic internal organ disease: cardiovascular, pulmonary, hepatic and renal *

You can choose to take the full certification program and be listed on the website or you can choose a la carte and take just the modules that interest you and receive continuing education credits for each of the individual modules you choose to take.

Click here to view the full Certification Program

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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