What is Gua Sha?
Gua Sha also know as Scrapping, involves repeated pressured strokes over lubricated skin with a smooth edge. Skin is typically lubricated with massage oil and is scrapped traditionally with a Chinese soup spoon, a well worn coin, animal bones, buffalo horn, or jade. Gua Sha releases unhealthy elements from injured areas and stimulates blood flow and healing
The smooth edge is placed against the oiled skin surface, pressed down firmly, and then moved down the muscle or along the pathway of the acupuncture meridians along the surface of the skin.
What does treat?
Research shows Gua sha produces an anti-inflammatory and immune protective effect that persists for days following a single Gua sha treatment. This accounts for its effect on pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, wheeze, nausea and vomiting. It is also effective in acute and chronic internal organ disorders including liver inflammation in hepatitis.
Gua Sha causes extravasation of blood from the peripheral capillaries which may result in sub-cutaneous blemishing. This blemishing usually takes 2–4 days to fade away.