Arya Nielsen, PhD

Dr. Arya Nielsen is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in the Department of Family Medicine & Community Health. She developed and directed the Acupuncture Fellowship for Inpatient Care at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. Her research includes treatment of chronic pain in underserved populations, acupuncture therapies for acute care and the inpatient setting and both the physiology and therapeutic effect of the traditional East Asian healing technique Gua sha.

Dr. Nielsen is the author of the textbook Gua Sha, A Traditional Technique for Modern Practice. She developed and teaches a 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 past Chair of the Policy Working Group for the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health, the 73 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 can be contacted by email at or at her website

Gua Sha Practicum

On April 5th, Dr. Nielsen will offer a Gua sha Practicum, the hands-on day that is part of the Gua sha Certification Course. Participants must have completed or be engaged with the online modules of the Gua sha Certificate Course ( A discount for the online modules will be offered for participants who sign up for the course in preparation for this Practicum.  Click for more details.