Gua Sha is a method of treatment in which the skin on the back, neck, shoulders, and/or limbs is craped in the area of discomfort with a round-edge instrument. The tools may include a ceramic spoon, slice of horn, or jade.
This is a traditional ancient Chinese healing technique has been used for over 2,000 years. It improves blood and lymph circulation. Gua Sha removes toxic heat from the body. It also increase circulation, removes stagnation, and helps pain.
Gua Sha treatments are not painful. It produces “Sha” or red petechiae which fade in 2 to 4 days. The intensity and color of the Sha indicate severity of blood or qi stagnation. Very light Sha points to blood deficiency. Bright red Sha indicates acute condition which has not penetrated the inside of the body yet. More chronic condition exists if the petechiae is purple or black. Brown color signifies dryness in the body and fluid deficiency. Body has heat if the Sha is dark red.