Gua Sha is similar to Cupping and has stimulating effects on the skin, tissue, lymphatic system, meridians, bone tissue and muscles. Although Gua Sha is equally effective as Cupping, both methods are not usually combined.
The affected area is pre-treated with a special oil. Then the body surface in this area is scraped with an instrument with rounded edges. Usually a porcelain spoon or a rounded piece of jade or horn is used. The skin, the underlying tissue and the qì of the meridians are stimulated by scraping of the acupuncture points on the meridians.
I use Gua Sha similar to Cupping with conditions like muscle tension, joint disorders, back pain, stiffness, neck and shoulder pain, colds, coughs and gynecological disorders.
Due to the rounded forms of the Gua Sha instruments patients rarely feel any pain. However, changes in skin color often occur. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the stronger the „stasis” (blockage) the more the skin will change in color. After treatment, patients usually feel immediate relief and change.