What is Gua Sha?
Gua Sha, literally called “Scraping Sha bruises” , which means using certain instruments (such as Gua Sha board, coins or ceramic Chinese soup spoon) to scrape on skin surface to help remove qi and blood stagnation, expel external pathogens (cold, wind, dampness and heat) . some people also called it as “instrument assisted press-stroking”. After Gua sha, you may get slight bumpy like bruise on the skin, which is literature “Sha”, “Sha” can be in red , blue, purple or even blackish color depends on your conditions.
In ancient Chinese medicine, Gua Sha is an effective treatment for “fever” diseases, also commonly been used in east Asian medicine healing system, such as Vietnam, Japan, Korea, Indonesia and Laos. With thousands years development, Gua Sha comes to an important technique in Chinese Medicine clinic practice and can be used with acupuncture, cupping and Chinese herbal treatment together.
Qualified Chinese medicine practitioner applied Gua Sha based on channel theory, these channels connected the tissue, skin and internal organ functions as “signaling network”; Gua Sha can be applied from upper back, neck, shoulder to middle/lower back, hips, legs, chest, lateral body and even extremities, but wherever it goes, always along with certain channel route so that can get good results in wide range of health conditions.
Generally, Gua sha is good for
- regulating qi and blood circulation
- releasing the exterior pathogens
- expelling cold and relieving pain (cold and flu, headache, neck and shoulder pain, sciatica pain)
- assisting with skin issues
- assisting with depression and anxiety
- assisting with gastrointestinal disorders ( stomach pain/discomfort , nausea, abdominal pain or bloating)
- assisting with woman health problems ( painful period, irregular period, pre-menstrual syndromes and fertility support)