Gua Sha is an important medical treatment used throughout Asia for centuries. “Gua” means ‘to rub’ and “Sha” is the small red dots called ‘petechiae’ that appear on the skin surface, when Guasha is performed. The redness disappears in 2-3 days after treatment.
Pain can be shifted immediately using this technique, and relief can last until the Sha has gone.
The benefits of Gua Sha are numerous. It resolves spasms and pain to promote normal circulation to the muscles, tissues and organs, and has an immediate effect on coughing and wheezing. In fact, Gua Sha causes a four-fold increase in microcirculation of surface tissue and can reduce inflammation and stimulate the immune system. Gua Sha upregulates heme-oxygenase-1 (HO-1) that act to reduce organ inflammation – for example, in cases of asthma, hepatitis and liver disease.
During your Acupuncture session, Gua Sha may be used in combination with needling and is performed mostly on acupuncture channels, depending on the diagnosis.