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Module 2: History: Acupuncture, Bloodletting, Gua Sha and Cholera

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Module 2: History: Acupuncture, Bloodletting, Gua Sha and Cholera

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Westerners predominantly think about traditional East Asian medicine as cultural or folk medicine-based practices recently introduced to the West, unaware that many of the practices are similar to if not identical to those of Early Western medicine. In looking at the history of medicine we see similar perceptions of illness, theories of treatment as well as modalities and medicaments between East and West.

What common technique in both medicines led to acupuncture? Why is ‘sha’ also translated as ‘cholera’? What techniques were used to treat cholera before the discovery of antibiotic therapy to treat identified pathogens? Who was C’hi Po and what part of the Hippocratic method still holds in Chinese medicine?

Please Note: Certain pages from Dr. Arya Nielsen's textbook Gua sha, a Traditional Technique for Modern Practice, is required reading for this module and the certification program. The textbook is not included in the purchase price of this course. You are required to obtain a copy of her book. You receive your 4 CEU/PDA for reading pages 21-30 from the textbook and watching the video lecture. To purchase book 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. Overview of history of medicine
    1. Synchrony East and West
    2. Qi, pneuma, humors, elements and substances
    3. Hippocrates and teachings of early Egyptians
  2. Evidence of trade and exchange of medicaments
    1. Silk Road and dating of silk
    2. Four major civilizations
    3. Role of Galen and Marcus Aurelius
    4. Huang di Nei Jing Su Wen and Hippocratic Corpus
  3. Counteractive Medicine
    1. Opposites cure
    2. Counter an inflammation with new inflammation
    3. The crisis is the cure
    4. Allopathy and Chinese medicine
  4. Bloodletting
    1. East and West
    2. Evolution of acupuncture
  5. Gua sha
    1. Cholera
    2. Frictioning in West
    3. List of texts on Gua sha
  6. 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

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