Gua Sha is a traditional Chinese medical treatment in which the skin is scrapped to help release unhealthy elements from injured areas while stimulating the blood flow and healing.
Sometimes referred to as “spooning” or “coining,” Gua Sha involves repeated pressured strokes over lubricated skin as a smooth-edged instrument follows muscles or along the pathway of the acupuncture meridians. This treatment is often used for muscle pain and tightening.
Gua Sha is often recommended whenever a patient has acute or chronic pain including aching, tenderness and/or a knotty feeling in the muscles. Finger pressure that reveals sha on the skin that is slow to fade is usually an indication that Gua Sha would be a beneficial treatment option.
In addition to resolving musculo skeletal pain, Gua Sha is used to treat as well as prevent common cold, flu, bronchitis, asthma, as well as any chronic disorder involving pain or inflammation.