Gua Sha 101

Gua Sha is a part of Eastern Holistic healing system Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). While it has been practiced for thousands of years, it has only recently made waves in the U.S. 

What is Gua Sha?

Gua Sha is “a healing technique of traditional East Asian medicine. Sometimes called ‘coining, spooning or scraping,’ gua sha is defined as instrument-assisted unidirectional press-stroking of a lubricated area of the body surface to intentionally create transitory therapeutic petechiae called ‘sha’ representing extravasation of blood in the subcutis”.


Gua Sha Benefits

Why should you try a gua sha treatment? Here are all of the benefits associated with the ancient healing practice:

1. Stimulates the immune system

One of the most promising benefits of gua sha is its effect on the immune system. When this treatment is performed, the immune system is activated, allowing the body to speed up its natural healing process. In Asian culture, gua sha is often used in the case of illness to push out the sickness.

2. Reduces pain

Gua sha therapy is anti-inflammatory, which can help dramatically reduce myalgia, which makes it great for treating chronic pain. Studies have also shown that it “has a therapeutic impact in inflammatory conditions, such as active chronic hepatitis, where liver inflammation indicates organ breakdown that over time can lead to premature death”. No matter your condition, a gua sha treatment can help soothe your muscles. 

3. Anti-wrinkle

In addition to the wonderful therapeutic benefits gua sha offers, it can also be an effective addition to your beauty routine. A much gentler routine, a facial gua sha can help:

  • Smooth fine lines and wrinkles
  • Tighten skin
  • Decrease puffiness under the eyes
  • Plump skin to give it a youthful glow


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