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Gua Sha.png Gua Sha is healing technique that intentionally raises ‘Sha’, or petechiae, to aid in the movement of qi, blood, and other fluids containing metabolic waste that congests surface tissues and muscles. ‘Gua’ means to scrape or rub and ‘Sha’ describes blood stasis in the tissue before and after it is raised. ‘Sha’ may be visible as a reddish, elevated skin rash or spots.
 
Gua Sha is a safe technique. In many cases, the patient feels an immediate shift in their condition for the better. Gua Sha promotes circulation and normalizes metabolic processes. It is a valuable treatment for both external and internal pain, as well as acute and chronic disorders.

‘Sha’ is raised on the neck, shoulders, back, buttocks, limbs, abdomen and chest. The treatment area is applied with oil prior to treatment, and then scraped with water buffalo horn until ‘Sha’ is created. If there is no blood stasis in the area, no spot will form and the skin will only turn pink. If the spots are purple or black, the blood stasis is long standing. Dark red spots indicate heat, and light spots indicate blood deficiency.  

After treatment, ‘Sha’ should fade away in 2-4 days. Slower fading may be a sign of deeper stagnation. Also, patients are recommended to rest for the rest of the day.