GUA SHA is defined simply as “Gua” meaning to scrape or rub and “Sha” is the term used for the reddish blood flow to the surface of the skin that occurs as a result of the scraping. Sha refers more to the stagnated circulation of blood, which appears as petechiae (reddish skin rash), or bruising similarly as in cupping.
It involves pre oiling the skin and using a smooth edged instrument, most popularly from natural material such as Jade. Rhythmic long or short strokes are applied to the area of the body where it is associated to the main concern and normally along a meridian pathway. These common areas in Ancient Chinese Medicine are also known as the Yang areas which include the back, neck, shoulders, glutes and limbs. We also apply to facial Gua Sha and is used in conjunction with cosmetic acupuncture treatments to help increase circulation, elasticity and firmness of the skin.
Similarly, to cupping, Gua Sha does also cause temporary bruising (sha) of the skin, which fades within the week. The colour and intensity of the ‘sha’ is both a diagnostic and prognostic indication of the severity of the toxicity, stagnation of blood circulation or internal fever. It is highly effective for managing pain and approaching colds or flu’s, especially if here are respiratory issues or high fever.
NOTE: Prior to Cupping and Gua Sha, any contraindications, will be acknowledged prior to treatment. The method is not suitable for individuals with inflamed/ broken skin, high fever, convulsions, during pregnancy, bleeds easily.
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