Gua Sha is a healing technique that uses scraping or rubbing to intentionally raise tiny red or purple spots (known as sha or petechiae) that appear on the skin as a result of bleeding. These spots can aid in the movement of energy, blood, and other fluids containing metabolic waste that congest surface tissues and muscles.
Is Gua Sha safe?
Gua Sha is a completely safe technique. In many cases, the patient feels an immediate shift in their condition for the better. Gua Sha promotes circulation and normalizes metabolic processes. It is a valuable treatment for both external and internal pain and is an excellent treatment for acute and chronic disorders.
How are sha or petechiae raised on the skin?
During Gua Sha, the area being worked is lubricated with oil and the skin is rubbed with either a soup spoon or water buffalo horn in a downward motion. The area is scraped until the petechiae is completely raised.
What specific conditions are well-treated with Gua Sha?
If a patient experiences aches, pain, tenderness, and/or knotty feeling muscles associated with an acute or chronic disorder, Gua Sha may be applied. Gua Sha may also be used to prevent and treat flu, bronchitis, asthma, and the common cold.