Gua Sha (Scrapping)
Gua sha is an ancient healing technique used by many clinicians of TCM. In this procedure, a lubricating medium, such as massage oil, is applied to the skin of the area to be treated.
A smooth-edged instrument is used by the acupuncturist to apply short or long strokes on the skin, typically in the area of pain or on the back parallel to the spine. This stroking motion creates raised redness or bruising, which should fade in 2-4 days.
Gua Sha can be used to prevent and treat diseases and strengthen the body. Especially in the area of pain relief it is unequalled.
Pain, both acute and chronic, is the most common indication for Gua Sha. In the TCM tradition, pain is oftentimes caused by the stagnation of blood in the local area of discomfort.
The guiding principle behind Gua Sha is that this technique has the ability to break up stagnation, to promote the smooth flow of blood in the area and finally to relieve pain.
It has a very quick effect on pain from head, neck, shoulder, joint and back pain to RSI, fibromyalgia, sciatica and other nerve pain, migraine, PMS, osteoporosis, rheumatism. It has an obvious effect on various diseases caused by functional disharmony of the internal organs.
While Gua Sha is most commonly used to treat pain, it can also be utilized by TCM clinicians to address conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, colds, flu, fever, heatstroke, fibromyalgia, strains, sprains, and muscle spasms.
Gua Sha is the way to stimulate the immune system, detoxifies and de-acidifies, promotes the circulation, regulates functions and organs, removes blockades and pain, revitalizes and regenerates (“life-extension”), diminishes stress, fatigue and burn-out, improves e.g. cures (indirectly) countless (chronic) disorders and complaints, rebalances emotions, relaxes and promotes clarity of mind…everything through ONE simple treatment.
There are several theories that may explain why this ancient technique works: Gua Sha increases blood flow (microcirculation) in the soft tissue, potentially stimulates the body’s natural pain-relieving opioid systems, and it may block the painful stimulation in pathways so you feel painless.