Arya Nielsen

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. For over 40 years Dr. Nielsen has been a leader in integrating acupuncture practice to the Western conventional setting both in terms of safety, standards of practice, policy and procedures and presentation of the research evidence-base. She is the past Chair of the New York State Board for Acupuncture, and the Policy Working Group for the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health; the 75 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 supported their clarification (2015) and mandate (2018) that nonpharmacologic therapies be provided in hospital settings. Dr. Nielsen is a frequent peer reviewer for multiple medical journals. She can be contacted by email at ( or