Sang Ly MontageLicensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.)Applegate, OR1 (541) 708-3953 • e-mail (remove spaces): s a n g @ g o r i l l a c u p u n c t u r e . c o m

Traditional Chinese Medicine Modalities: Gua Sha

Gua Sha is an East Asian healing technique. Gua means to scrape or rub. Sha is a ‘reddish, elevated, millet-like skin rash’ (aka petechiae). Sha is the term used to describe Blood stasis in the subcutaneous tissue before and after it is raised as petechiae.

Scraping the back raises the “sha”.

Gua Sha is good for:
chronic degenerative diseases
chronic neck, shoulder and back pain
bone spurs, strains and sprains
menstrual disorders
sinusitis, ear and eye
osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis

Gua Sha  is a very safe and effective therapy for relieving pain and stagnation.  Visible markings (Sha) typically last a few days.

Gua Sha  is generally not painful at all.  Although a slight feeling of discomfort may be felt when being applied.  However the effects and relief it offers outweighs this moment of discomfort.

How Gua Sha is done:
A thin layer of massage oil or other healing ointment is applied to the surface of the skin.
Generally a spoon or a lid of a jar is then scraped on the surface of the body.
Petechiae (Sha) raises to the skin’s surface.
Markings generally subside in a few days.

Tools for Gua Sha technique

After Gua Sha treatment:
Keep the treated area warm and covered until the “sha” disappears (generally 2-4 days).
Do not shower for at least two hours post Gua Sha treatment.
When bathing or showering, use slightly warmer water than usual.
Most importantly, stay relaxed after a Gua Sha treatment