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Gua Sha Description and Uses

Gua means to scrape or rub. Sha is a reddish skin rash known as petechiae. In Traditional Chinese Medicine,  sha is the term used to describe static blood or external toxins in the skin before and after it is raised as petechiae. Gua sha is one technique that intentionally raises sha rash or petechiae.

During treatment, the area to receive gua sha is lubricated with oil or alcohol. The skin is then rubbed with a smooth spoon in downward strokes until petechiae is raised. If no blood stasis is present, the petechiae will only turn pink. If blood stasis is present, the petechiae may be dark purple. Sha should fade in 2-3 days. Sha that does not fade in that period of time may indicate poor blood circulation.

Gua sha is effective when patients have acute or chronic musculoskeletal pain, or stagnation of qi and blood. It is also an extremely effective treatment for respiratory conditions, including cough, cold, and flu.  Patients generally report an immediate relief from pain and muscle stiffness, or improved breathing in the case of respiratory complaint.