Gua Sha- Scraping Therapy
Guā Shā (刮痧) is an external therapy similar to cupping in effect, though it involves scraping instead of suction. This technique has a more superficial mode of action and is often employed in External diseases such as: the common cold and sore throat, though it is extremely effective in treating chronic imbalances. Guā shā tools are usually about the size of a credit card and often made of either ox horn or jade. The different materials have unique benefits and are employed to treat certain conditions.
The guā shā tool is gently pressed into the superficial layers of tissue and a unidirectional scraping motion is used. This technique intentionally causes beneficial bruising in the form of red dots (shā 痧) whose severity and duration vary amongst individuals and the condition being treated.
After guā shā treatments extra care should be taken to avoid exposing the scraped area to wind and cold and it is advisable to refrain from taking a shower for four to six hours after treatment to allow the skin and pores to return to their normal, taut state.
Disclaimer: Certain genetic and circulatory conditions and old age may increase the probability of undesireable side-effects and risks as outlined in the Specified Informed Consent Form for this therapy.
Notice: Patients with hemophilia or those patients taking prescription blood thinners will NOT be treated with this therapy.