What is Gua Sha?

“Gua” literally means “scrap” or “rub” whereas “sha” indicates “red, dot like skin rash”. Guasha involves repeated pressured strokes over lubricated skin with a smooth edge. This will produce “sha” on the surface of the skin. Sha will usually take between 2-5 days to fade. Sha does not represent capillary rupture as in bruising, as evidence by the immediate fading of the petechiae to echymosis and the rapid resolution of sha as compared to bruising. The color of sha varies according to the severity of the patient’s blood stasis – appearing from a dark blue black to a light pink but most often a shade of red. Although the marks on the skin look painful, they are not, and patients typically feel an immediate sense of relief.

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What are the benefits of Gua Sha?

Gua sha creates a suction on the skin that pulls stagnant intercellular fluid to the surface, removing toxic debris and replacing it with fresh oxygenated, nutrient rich fluid, which in turn accelerates regeneration and revitalizes the region.

How Does it Work?

Guasha involves repeated pressured strokes over lubricated skin with a smooth edge. Sha will usually take between 2-5 days to fade. Sha does not represent capillary rupture as in bruising, as evidence by the immediate fading of the petechiae to echymosis and the rapid resolution of sha as compared to bruising. The color of sha varies according to the severity of the patient’s blood stasis – appearing from a dark blue black to a light pink but most often a shade of red. Although the marks on the skin look painful, they are not, and patients typically feel an immediate sense of relief.

Conditions Treated

  • Muscle and tendon injuries
  • Chronic degenerative diseases
  • Chronic/acute neck, shoulder, back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Stress
  • Varicose veins
  • Reduce fever
  • Fatigue
  • Cough/asthma/bronchitis/emphysema
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headache/ migraines
  • Nausea
  • Stiffness, pain immobility
  • Digestive disorders

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