Gua-Sha is used to treat numerous ailments such as muscle aches, fever, digestive or gynecological issues. This treatment, like acupuncture, helps to stimulate the Qi which is the body’s essential life force energy. There is a saying that where Qi goes, blood flows. When scraping contacts Qi, it also creates a rush of blood flow, thereby creating a raised red rash, also known as Sha. The redness will subside in a few days. In the mean time, many people experience immediate relief for their pain.
What will happen in the treatment? Traditionally Gua-Sha is carried out with a Chinese ceramic soupspoon, nowadays a more modern smooth-edged instrument can be used. During the treatment, you’ll experience a warming sensation. The process can force blood containing toxin to be seeped out of permeable capillaries, and form red spots on the skin. This process, if conducted moderately, can improve local microcirculation instead of causing tissue damages. Modern research also shows Gua-Sha produces an anti-inflammatory and immune protective effect which will persist for days following the treatment. This accounts for its effect on pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough & vomiting etc.