Gua Sha Therapy

Gua Sha therapy is a traditional therapy in which a lubricating medium, such as massage oil, is applied to the skin of the area to be treated. A smooth-edged instrument is used by the therapist to apply short or long strokes on the skin, typically in the area of pain or on the back parallel to the spine.

This stroking motion creates a ‘reddish, elevated, millet-like skin rash’ or “Sha“. Sha is the term used to describe blood congestion in the subcutaneous tissue before and after it is raised as petechiae.

Raising Sha removes blood stagnation considered pathogenic, promoting normal blood circulation, improved circulation of Qi and metabolic processes.

How Is Gua Sha Done?

The area to be treated is first lubricated with oil. The skin is then rubbed with a round-edged instrument in downward strokes. One area is stroked until the Sha that surface are completely raised. If there is no blood congestion the Sha will not form and the skin will only turn pink.

What Does Gua Sha Feel Like?

You may initially feel some discomfort when the therapist starts the Gua Sha therapy, particularly along the shoulder blades. This sensation will eventually subside, particularly along the parts of the body that are tense or in pain.

Are There Any Side Effects?

Linear rash-like bruises on the skin where Gua Sha was applied is common. These bruises are the Sha that has been raised during the therapy. You might also feel a little bit of soreness. These soreness should subside together with the bruises in 2 to 3 days.

As with Ba Guan therapy, the colour of bruises signifies the patient’s health. Dark bruises indicate serious blocked blood and energy.

Are There Any Contraindications?

Gua Sha therapy is contraindicated over any area that has been recently traumatized, fractured, contused, broken, scratched or burned. However, even in these situations Gua Sha therapy can be used adjacent to or distal from but along a meridian channel that coincides with injured tissue to help resolve stasis and move blood.

Gua Sha therapy is not done over any raised skin such as moles or pimples; it may be done sparingly by an experienced practitioner in pregnancy or when a patient is taking blood thinners such as aspirin, plavix, coumadin or heparin.

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Gua Sha Therapy
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Gua Sha Therapy
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Gua Sha therapy is a traditional therapy in which a lubricating medium, such as massage oil, is applied to the skin of the area to be treated and a smooth-edged instrument is used by the therapist to apply short or long strokes on the skin, typically in the area of pain or on the back parallel to the spine.
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