Gua Sha is another amazing treatment I love. Here is my latest pure copper Gua Sha toy and I do love all my toys. The name Gua Sha, pronounced gwah-shah, originates from the Chinese word for scraping. This treatment may also be referred to as skin scraping, spooning, or coining. By now you have seen many online tutorials featuring this ancient Chinese medicine modality. Tik Tok has the latest craze but us TICM doctors have been using for thousands of years.
The treatment for Gua Sha is done by using a tool to apply pressure on the skin in motion, as strokes. Many tools use materials that aid in healing like bian stone, jade, rose quartz, etc. I have many organic natural stones tools including a comb for my hair. The quality of the tool itself is extremely important because it transmits its properties onto the skin, which are then absorbed by the body.
Sometimes, small red dots caused by Gua Sha are known as microtrauma which create a healing action in the body to help break up scar tissue. Commonly people experience pain where there’s scar tissue due to fresh Blood, and Qi (energy) is unable to reach the desired area as the scar tissue creates too many small blocked pathways.
Pain in the body is experienced when Qi (energy) is blocked or stagnant, so this ancient method aims to move energy around the body. Gua Sha alleviates aches and stiffness and helps to break down scar tissue and connective tissue, improving movement and healing capacity in the muscles and joints. This therapy is also used for strengthening the immune system, reducing inflammation, colds, fevers, or problems with the lungs.
The treatment does not have any serious side effects but it may not be suitable for those with certain medical conditions, so make sure to ask your doctor if this treatment can benefit you. All doctors work differently and for me everything goes with everything.