Gua sha is a healing technique of traditional Chinese medicine. Sometimes called ‘coining, spooning or scraping’, gua sha is defined as "instrument-assisted unidirectional press-stroking of a lubricated area of the body surface to intentionally create transitory therapeutic petechiae" ("sha") representing extravasation of blood in the subcutis. Modern research shows gua sha produces an anti-inflammatory and immune protective effect that persists for days following a single gua sha treatment. This accounts for its effect on pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, wheeze, nausea and vomiting etc., and why gua sha is effective in acute and chronic internal organ disorders including liver inflammation in hepatitis.
- Increases local circulation. It brings fresh
Traditionally, gua sha is most often used in the treatment of pain, particularly when soft tissue restriction/adhesion is the cause or major contributing factor. It is also commonly used for the common cold, respiratory disorders, some gastrointestinal disorders. At Capital Acupuncture, it is most often used for the following:
- Acute stiff neck
Gua sha sanitation and clinical precautions
At Capital Acupuncture, we adhere to the highest level of sanitation. Since gua sha can cause occult bleeding (small amounts of blood on the
HISTORY OF gua sha