Gua Sha Therapy
An ancient Chinese secret, Gua Sha therapy is still practiced by
many Chinese today. You may ask, "What is that?" Gua means to scrape or rub. Sha
is a "reddish, elevated, millet-like skin rash' (aka petechiae). Sha is the term
used to describe Blood stasis in the subcutaneous tissue before and after it is
raised as petechiae. Gua Sha is one technique that intentionally raises a Sha
rash or petechiae. It is a traditional ancient Chinese healing technique that
dates back over two thousand years.
This ancient method of promoting "qi" or bioelectric vital life energy and
blood circulation as well as the removal of toxic heat, stagnant blood and lymph
fluid from the body is an extremely important, almost miraculous method of
improving one's health. "Qi" is the constant and vigorous movement of energy or
life force that keeps us healthy and alive.
Do you suffer from chronic pain? Excess systemic toxicity? Poor circulation?
Lymphatic congestion? Inflammation? Fatigue? Infections? Physical or emotional
stress? If so, then you will greatly benefit from Gua Sha treatment.
Gua Sha is used regularly by practitioners and laymen in health care
facilities and homes throughout China. The method of applying Gua Sha involves
the layering of Gua Sha oil on the skin. This oil is enhanced either with
healing herbs or essential oils chosen to aid the extraction of toxic waste. The
skin is then scraped in the area of discomfort or at times on the entire body
using a specific Gua Sha tool depending on whether the treatment is for physical
or emotional healing.
Gua Sha treatments are not painful. As the body is scraped it pushes a
build-up of fluid ahead of it, and after it passes, it leaves an indention or
vacuum behind which draws toxic fluid out to the surface of the skin from deep
within the tissue. The toxic fluid (Sha), floods to the surface and can be seen
in small red, deep purple or green pools of blood, it is also often hot on the
area that the toxic heat is extracted. Red spots are an indication that toxins
are being released. Where the area is deep purple the blood is old and extremely
stagnant. A dark green discoloration is a sign that stagnant blood and toxic
"qi" are being released from the system.