Gua sha is a healing technique of traditional East Asian medicine. Sometimes called ‘coining, spooning or scraping’, it is defined as instrument-assisted unidirectional press-stroking of a lubricated area of the body surface to intentionally create transitory therapeutic petechiae called ‘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 treatment. This accounts for its effect on pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, wheeze, nausea and vomiting etc., and why it's is effective in acute and chronic internal organ disorders including liver inflammation in hepatitis. gua sha guashaThe technique is useful in any licensed therapeutic practice and of particular interest to acupuncturists, massage therapists, physical therapists, physicians and nurses who work directly with patients. Similar to the effects of cupping, gua sha has been used in China for more than two thousand years as a traditional folk remedy. Translated directly from Chinese, gua sha means, “to scrape toxins” and is a method of promoting blood circulation and removing toxic heat, blood, and lymph from the body. In practice, gua sha involves scraping the skin with a flat tool to facilitate pain relief. Organic, herbal oils are usually applied to the skin to open pores, increase deep cleansing, and improve circulation, as well as facilitate the technique.  

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