"By using historical examinations
of East Asian medical texts, cross-cultural historical documents,
contemporary scholarly sources, interviews with living elder practitioners
and her own keen clinical experience (Arya Nielsen) has brought
Gua Sha to the center of Oriental medicine clinical practice.
She has found a precious lost ring that might have gone down the
drain of disuse."
Harvard Medical School
Author The Web That Has No Weaver
"Arya Nielsen has a fresh instructive
style as a writer that reflects her long experience as a TCM teacher.
The book is
a valuable practical manual for all hands on
Harvey Gale, OMD
Pacific Journal of Oriental Medicine
"With a deep and broad historic perspective,
Arya Nielsen has enormously enriched my associations with Gua
I had learned from my own Chinese teacher as a
remarkable and often miraculous intervention for afflictions resistant
to the ministrations of biomedical technologies in which I was
Through Dr. Nielsens erudite discussion
of the San Qiao, my appreciation of this invaluable therapeutic
tool has been profoundly enhanced in the context of the most fundamental
aspects of Chinese Medicine."
Leon Hammer, MD
Author, Dragon Rises,
Red Bird Flies,
Psychology and Chinese Medicine
"Gua Sha is a great technique for
anyone who uses palpation to guide and inform their practice.
This book gives an excellent history and how-to of Gua Sha, is
the first and only book in English on the subject."
Mark Seem, Ph.D.,
Author BodyMind Energetics
A New American Acupuncture
"I first came across this book at
an acupuncture conference in 1996. It was one of my best purchases
of the year. The book covers in depth, a topic only glanced upon
in most acupuncture schools. The technique is not just for acupuncturists.
I believe it's a must read for massage professionals, especially
if your hands are starting to wear out from years of giving massage
reading it, I have confidently expanded gua sha to every sort
of muscular injury with great results. I have saved a number of
people from exploratory surgery by removing pains of unknown etiology,
thru the use of this technique and proper muscle knowledge. This
is why I recommend it for massage therapists, physical therapists
as well as Oriental and TCM practitioners."
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Nielsen has enormously enriched my associations with Gua Sha
Leon Hammer, MD
"I learned gua sha by reading Arya Nielsens book. I
now know why she says it is the best technique. You cannot get
the same results any other way."
"I met a woman who worked with amputees.
In a very short time I taught her how to perform gua sha and she
reported back to me that it was very effective in healing the
phantom pains associated with amputation."
"The biggest benefit often comes from
easy things! This is especially true for the traditional therapy
Gua Sha. The focus of my dental office is the treatment of chronic
myofascial pain and dysfunction syndromes. Ive been using
Gua Sha for two years. The basic techniques and theories were
very easy to learn. The results have been extraordinary positive!
More and more patients start to request for Gua Sha themselves!
I was able to improve the efficacy of my acupuncture and Tuina
treatments by combining it with Gua Sha. Gua Sha is part of my
daily practice. The students in my seminars are very fond of the
Gua Sha technique. I am absolutely sure that especially due to
the simplicity and efficacy Gua Sha will be spread quickly in
the western world."
"I work with Chinese medicine (herbs
and acupuncture) and with osteopathy. In my practice, guasha has
become a valuable addition to both medical systems. In Chinese
treatments, it enhances the effect of both acupuncture and herbs,
both in very chronic, stubborn conditions, where phlegm and/or
blood stasis are involved, and in acute problems caused by invasion
of external evils. Especially in acute wind-cold and wind-heat
there is nothing as effective, fast and cheap as a guasha treatment.
If you use it at the right time it is even better than herbs.
As for osteopathy, I use guasha frequently after structural osteopathic
treatments when I have the impression that the superficial fascia
are involved in the patient´s problems, both regarding their
mechanical and their metabolic functions. For example, guasha
over the lumbosacral region after manipulating the lumbar spine
and/or the sacroiliac joints can stabilize the treatment results
and dramatically add to the reduction of soft tissue and muscle
pain in that area. At various occasions I have passed on information
on guasha to colleagues and laypersons. Im am glad and grateful
you have introduced it to Western practitioners of Chinese and
other systems of medicine."
Dr. Andreas Hoell
"The gua sha seminar is the most useful
class I have ever taken."
New York City
Arya Nielsen teaching Gua
gua sha seminar is the most useful class I have ever taken.