Gua sha (spooning) treatment
Gua Sha (spooning) is a healing technique used throughout Asia.
What does Gua Sha mean?
- Gua means to rub or scrape;
- Sha is the term used to describe congestion of blood at the surface of the body.
Gua Sha involves repeated pressured strokes over lubricated skin with a smooth edge. When friction is applied in repeated even strokes, the Sha surfaces as small red petechiae. In minutes the petechiae fade into ecchymotic patches. The Sha disappears totally in two to four days. The color and rate of fading are both diagnostic and prognostic indicators.
What’s the benefits of Gua Sha treatment?
The benefits of Gua Sha are numerous. It moves stagnated blood, promoting normal circulation to the muscles, tissues, and organs directly beneath the surface treated. The patient experiences immediate changes in stiffness, pain and mobility. Normal metabolic processes are restored by the movement of fluids as nutrients are carried to the tissues and metabolic wastes are carried away.
Because Gua Sha mimics sweating, it resolves fever. Gua Sha cools the patient who is overheated, warms the patient who is chilled, nourishes the patient who is deficient, and clears the patient who is excess. Gua Sha is therefore considered an adaptogenic technique.
A care provider considers Gua Sha in any case of pain or discomfort, for upper respiratory or digestive problems, and for any condition where palpation indicates there is sha. After Gua Sha, the patient is instructed to cover the area, avoiding wind and exposure to the sun or sudden change in temperature. Stretching is recommended but not a heavy workout on the day of treatment.
The marks from Gua Sha look terrible. Does Gua Sha hurt?
If there is toxin in the surface of your body, the bruises come out after treatment, easily. Therefore although the bruises look bad, you don’t feel pain at all. In fact, many patient feel immediate relief of pain or other symptoms, such as chills, headache, blocked sinus, etc.