Gua Sha – rub and scrape for detoxification and pain relief
‘Gua Sha’ is an ancient therapy practiced in traditional Chinese medicine.
It uses smooth surfaced tools, or fingers, to scratch, or pinch, the specific areas of skin to effectively remove/relieve the stagnant/stuck blood, or pernicious pathogenesis, that promotes ‘chi’ and blood circulation to the muscles, tissues and organs beneath the surface being treated.
‘Gua’ – Rub, scrape, friction
‘Sha’ – Reddish and raised area of skin, congestion of blood at the surfaces of the body.
When is Gua Sha applied?
Gua Sha is applied whenever the patient has pain. There may be an aching, tenderness and/or a knotty feeling in the muscles. Gua Sha can also be used to prevent/treat the common cold, flu, bronchitis, asthma, headaches and more.
The benefits of Gua Sha
In most cases the patient feels an immediate shift in their condition particularly in their pain or sense of constraint. Gua Sha moves stuck Qi and blood, releases the exterior sweating and moves fluids. In modern medicine these fluids contain metabolic wastes that congest the surface tissues and muscles. Gua sha promotes circulation and normalizes metabolic processes. It is a valuable treatment for both external and internal pain and facilitates the resolution of both acute and chronic disorders.
The Effects of Gua Sha
- Promotes blood and lymphatic circulation
- Disperses external pathogens
- Activates body’s protective ‘chi’
- Clears internal heat and toxins
- Disperses pain
- Revitalizes the mind