Guasha is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique that involves stimulation of the surface of the skin with a round-edged instrument (such as a typical, porcelain Chinese soup spoon). The scraping of the skin results in the appearance of reddish/purple petechiae (the “sha” of gua-sha), breakage of the subdermal blood vessels which lasts 3-5 days after treatment. The appearance of the “sha” is a desirable confirmation of the efficacy of the treatment.
Gausha removes blood stagnancy, which is considered to cause harm to the body by disallowing healthy circulation of the blood through the tissues. Immediate relief from pain, stiffness, fever/chills, cough, nausea, etc. is commonly experienced.
Guasha can be used for many different types of disorders including acute upper respiratory problems such as cold/flu-like symptoms, chronic aches and pains, digestive disorders, and may be helpful in alleviating symptoms of multi-systemic disorders such as sleep apnea and headaches.