How can gua sha help me?
Summarizing, Gua Sha stimulates the immune system, detoxifies and de-acidifies, promotes the circulation, regulates functions and organs, removes blockades and pain, revitalises and regenerates (“life-extension”), diminishes stress, fatigue and burn-out, improves e.g. cures (indirectly) countless (chronic) disorders and complaints, rebalances emotions, relaxes and promotes clarity of mind…
What can gua sha help treat?
Gua Sha is most commonly used to treat:
- Chronic neck, shoulder and back pain & tension
- Frozen shoulder & tennis elbow
- Strains and sprains, bruising & muscle aches
- Varicose veins
- Common cold, flu & cough
- Bronchitis & Asthma
- Head ache & Migraines
- Abdominal complaints & menstrual disorders
- High blood pressure
- Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis & Bursitis
- Beauty Therapy
- Weight Management
- Reduce fever
- Tiredness and fatigue.
- Circulatory problems,
- Stiffness, pain, immobility.
- Digestive disorders.
- Urinary, gynecological disorders.
What is Gua sha?
In the treatment a special oil is put on a particular area of the skin whereafter the therapist starts “scraping” the area with a specially designed instrument of jade or horn.
The amazing thing is, that at the location of injury reddy purple marks appear in the skin.
Does Gua sha hurt?
Because the scraping is over oily the patient wont feel pain – neither during nor after the treatment – the skin will not be damaged, and the red spots will fully disappear within 3 to 7 days. Sometimes after treatment the patient may feel stiff for a couple of days.
How does Gua Sha work?
In Western Medical understanding, Gua Sha therapy intentionally extravasates blood from the peripheral capillaries causing petechiae and sub-cutaneous blemishing (ecchymosis). In other words, the redness is due to the haemorrhage of capillaries and the release of red blood cell, haemoglobin into the system. It is not a capillary rupture like bruising, as it fades immediately if there are no problems in the area.
This encourages the replacement of stagnant blood with new blood flow to the muscles, tissues, and organs directly beneath the surface treated. Thus helping repair damaged cells and can effectively remove scar tissues and helps prevent repeat injuries due to weakness. It also promotes the production of more blood serum and encourages normal metabolic processes via lymph stimulation, thus improving the body’s immune system and speeding up recovery.