Gua Sha is a healing technique used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The term “Gua” means “friction” or “rubbing”. “Sha” is the term used to describe congestion of blood on the surface of the body. It involved cutaneous palpation and stimulation with a round edged instrument, resulting in small red petechiae. The “bruised skin” completely disappears in 2 to 4 days and the color and fading of it serve as both: diagnostic and prognostic indicators.
Gua Sha moves stagnant blood, promoting normal circulation to the tissue and organs beneath the treated surface. Hence, transporting more nutrients to the tissue and removing metabolic waste. In addition, due to its perspiration mimicking effects, Gua Sha can resolve fevers . It has proven to be effective for any case of pain and some upper respiratory or digestive problems. Upon completion of treatment, patients are advised to cover the treated area and avoid exposure to sun or draft. Also it is recommended that patients refrain from exercise on the day of procedure.