Gua Sha is a healing technique used throughout Asia. Gua means to rub or friction, Sha is the term used to describe congestion of blood at the surface of the body, seen as small red petechiae. Friction is applied in repeated even strokes. In minutes the petechiae fade into ecchymotic patches. The sha disappears totally in two to four days. The color and rate of fading are both diagnostic and prognostic indicators.
The benefits of Gua Sha include movement of stuck blood and qi, promoting normal circulation to the muscles, tissues, and organs directly beneath the surface treated. The patient experiences immediate changes in less stiffness, pain and more mobility. Normal metabolic processes are restored by the movement of fluids as nutrients are carried to the tissues and metabolic wastes are carried away. Because Gua Sha mimics sweating, it resolves fever.
Gua Sha is an adaptogenic technique, meaning it cools the patient who is overheated warms the patient who is chilled, nourishes the patient who is deficient and clears the patient who is excess
Gua Sha resolves stiffness, pain or discomfort; upper respiratory issues and digestive problems.