Gua Sha is one of the oldest components of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and treats congestion of the blood by vigorously rubbing a specialised tool on the skin at the site of the problem. In essence, Gua Sha works on the external body to heal internal imbalance.
The Gua Sha tool has a smooth edge and is firmly scraped against the oiled skin, along the meridian pathways.
This process produces “Sha”, a distinctive reddening and eventual bruising of the skin. While unsightly, the Sha signifies a release of heat and inflammation, dampness and pain from the deeper levels of the body.
The treatment works well in conjunction with Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and diet therapy because it has anti-inflammatory, circulation and immune stimulation properties that may be helpful in the treatment of a broad selection of conditions.
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Patients typically feel an immediate sense of relief after the treatment which only improves with time.
Gua Sha can cause extraction of blood from the vessels into surrounding tissue and may result in bruising or blemishing to the skin. This will fade in just a few days.
Depending on the severity and location of the condition being treated, you may experience some discomfort during the “scraping” process.