Arya Nielsen


Arya Nielsen, PhD

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 authority on Gua sha.

Dr Nielsen has a faculty appointment at a New York teaching hospital, Mount Sinai Beth Israel where she sees patients, is involved with research and directs the Acupuncture Fellowship for Inpatient Care through the Department of Integrative Medicine.

Dr. Nielsen is the author of Gua Sha, A Traditional Technique for Modern Practice, (trans. to German and French) now in its second edition. She also filmed Gua Sha: Step-by-Step a teaching DVD and she developed and teaches the Gua sha Certification Course with ProD Seminars ( Arya can be contacted by email at or at her website

Arya Nielsen