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What Is Gua Sha?

Gua Sha is based on the skin theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine: by the use of tools such as jade, ox horn or cupping jars with liniment on. The relevant parts of the skin are scraped and rubbed repeatedly to dredge the channel and activate blood circulation to dissipate blood stasis.

What Does “Gua Sha” Mean?

The word “Gua” means to scrape.  Simply put.  It’s the action of the modality.

The word “Sha” refers to the blood stagnation and energy (which accumulates in the subcutaneous tissues) that blocks the meridian pathway.  This accumulation then can affect proper flow of energy and blood in the body. From the western medicine perspective,  it refers to the fluids that contain metabolic waste that has accumulated in the tissues and muscles.  “Sha” also is used to describe the result from the “Gua” activity, known as a petechia.  Petechia is a series of reddish, minute hemorrhages that look like a red colored speckled rash.

Gua Sha is similar to cupping as it creates a mini trauma to the area to help break up and circulate any stagnant blood in the body.  By enhancing the circulation and opening up energy pathways, your body is more able to heal the area of concern.

How Does Gua Sha Work?

Gua Sha, like cupping, creates a mini trauma to the area of the body to help break up and circulate any stagnant blood.  When Gua Sha is applied, it quickly releases blockages and actually mimics sweating and promotes circulation of your body fluids. By doing so, it helps to normalize cellular metabolic processes and release toxic waste from your deep cellular tissues.
As your blood and energy circulation increases, it helps to oxidize your cells as well as to nourish them.  By enhancing the circulation and opening up energy pathways, your body is more able to heal the area of concern.

What Are The Benefits Of Gua Sha?

Detoxification
Gua Sha triggers the body to process cleansing of the area being treated.  It allows the body to eliminate the dead blood cells as well as other toxins from the skin surface.
Activates Cell Nourishment
When Gua Sha is applied, it forces more blood and oxygen to the area of the body that is being treated.  This allows the body to nourish the cells that were inhibited from healing due to stagnation.
Promotes Circulation
By creating petechia to the area of treatment, it helps break up the stagnant blood that has been inhibiting the body’s natural flow of blood and energy.  My assisting the body, by breaking up stagnation, blood is now able to reach areas of the body it was previously blocked from.

What Can Gua Sha Be Used For?

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Digestive Issues
  • Excessive Sweating
  • Gynecological Disorders
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • High Blood Pressure & Low Blood Pressure
  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • Impotence
  • Muscle, Joint and Tendon Injuries
  • Pain/Stiffness: Neck, Shoulder, Back, Abdominal, Muscle and Joint
  • Poor Blood Circulation
  • Short Term & Long Term Memory Issues
  • Skin Disorders
  • Sleep Problems
  • Sore Throat & Fevers
  • Sun-Strokes
  • Urinary Problems
  • Weight Issues
  • AND MORE!