Gua Sha

Gua Sha


When you first see this… you must think… OUCH!!! what is this? Traditional Chinese Medicine or Traditional Chinese Torture!…. but actually this doesn’t hurt at all…. it feels like a deep massage and you feel immediate relief from pain, stiffness, fever, etc..

GUA SHA or Scrapping is one of the many techniques used in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). Gua Sha’s literal meaning is “to scrape away fever”, which can be translated as “to scrape away illness through the skin”. Gua sha involves repeated pressured strokes over lubricated skin with a smooth edge, that results in the appearance of small red petechiae called ‘sha’, that will fade in 2 to 3 days. The GUA SHA instrument is usually made of bone, ceramic or jade.

GUA SHA is used to removes blood stagnation, promoting better circulation and metabolic processes. It is used for muscle pains, stiffness but it is also used to remove toxins, dampness and heat from the body that can produce fever, cough, respiratory diseases, abdominal diseases and headaches.

The women in the picture is my friend and colleague, she was feeling very tired, dizzy and had a headache, it seemed she was catching a flu. The doctor on our clinical observation offered her a treatment, so he performed GUA SHA on her and then, 4 needles: GB20 and BL60. After treatment, she said the headache was gone and she felt lighter. Amazing to see the healing taking place!