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Gua Sha

What is Gua Sha

Gua Sha also known as skin scraping is a Traditional Chinese Medicine healing technique. The skin is lubricated and a smooth Gua Sha tool repeatedly strokes the skin which results in stimulation and the appearance of small red patches.
Gua Sha moves Qi, blood and lymph (fluid), relieves muscle adhesions, myofascia restrictions, tendon and joint pain, stabilizes pores and stops penetration of pathogenic wind, cold, damp or heat ailments. 
Gua Sha is very effective and relatively feel pain during and after the treatment and the red marks disappear within 3 to 7 days.


Benefits of Skin Scraping

·         Promotes circulation of Blood and Qi and Lymph (fluid within the body’s lymph vessels)
·         Stimulates the immune system
·         Detoxifies the body  
·         Regulates bodily functions and organs
·         Relieves pain from head, neck, shoulder, joint and back pain to repetitive strain injuries fibromyalgia, sciatica and other nerve       
          pain, migraine, PMS,  osteoporosis, rheumatism etc.
·         Relaxes the mind and body Gua Sha is applied to prevent onset of illness and to expedite resolution of acute illness.
·         If a person is currently sick, the individual may get sicker for a day and then recover quickly
·         If the individual is just starting to get sick then Gua Sha may help them avoid illness    
·         With Gua Sha blood cells are released from the capillary bed of the tissue without damage to the capillaries. The therapeutic
          petechiae and  ecchymosis of Gua Sha is not bruising as bruising is damage to tissue from a blow.  


Contraindications

  1. Bleeding disorders such as thrombocytopenia, leukemia or severe anemia, hemophilia
  2. Severe acute cardiovascular or cerebrovascular diseases, or insufficiency of the liver and kidney
  3. Recent ligament or tendon injuries, or new bone fractures
  4. Local scarring in areas where malignant tumors were operated on, and areas around malignant tumors 
  5. On the lower abdomen and lumbosacral areas during pregnancy or menstruation
  6. Infectious skin diseases, skin lesions in diabetic patients, and severe varicosities    
  7. Sunburns, rashes or a broken skin, pimples or moles  
  8. When anticoagulant medications are being used
  9. Individuals with blood borne or communicable diseases

  
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