Gua Gha therapy (or skin scraping) is a traditional Chinese medical treatment in which the skin is scraped to produce light bruising (raising sha). Raising sha removes blood stagnation considered pathogenic in traditional East Asian medicine.
Modern research shows the transitory therapeutic effects are anti inflammatory and immune protective. These effects persists for days following a single gua sha treatment accounting for the immediate relief that patients feel from pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, wheeze, nausea and vomiting etc, and why gua sha is effective in acute and chronic internal organ disorders including liver inflammation in hepatitis.
PLEASE NOTE: It is recommended client’s receive 1-2 acupuncture sessions before trying gua sha for the first time. This will substantially reduce the intensity of the session. For chronic pain clients, it is recommending acupuncture AND cupping be administered prior to gua sha.