What is Gua Sha?
Gua Sha (pronounced Gwa saw) is a traditional Chinese health technique that promotes instant pain relief by removing blockages while improving circulation and increasing energy or Qi (Chee).
Gua Sha removes toxic heat, blood and lymph fluids that have pooled and are pressing against nerves causing pain and disease. Gua Sha helps restore optimal health.
History of Gua Sha
Gua Sha has been used in China for thousands of years with tremendous success! The Chinese people, particularly those that live rural areas, learned to do Gua Sha on themselves and their family members. It was used to help with reducing fevers, pain fatigue and illness.
But when western medicine came to China, the ancient art of Gua Sha gradually faded in popularity.
Western Doctors didn’t understand the benefits and thought it was just too simple to be effective. But that all changed a few years ago when the Chinese Government brought Gua Sha back in a big way!
The government launched a comprehensive media campaign using print and television ads to reintroduce Gua Sha to the masses.
They invested all this time and money on Gua Sha to reduce health costs! They made health care a priority and decided that Gua Sha was the best way to keep the Chinese people in good health!
How does Gua Sha Work?
Gua Sha is done with a tool made of water Buffalo Horn that has been soaked in medicinal Chinese herbs. Other tools can be used too, but they don’t have the healing properties held within the Water Buffalo Horn.
A Jade tool can be used for moving emotional blockages, cooling the body and penetrating deeply. While Jade has some excellent qualities, it does not address the physical body as well as the Water Buffalo Horn.
A Gua Sha session begins by rubbing Gua Sha Oil on the area in need of attention. Our Oil has warming herbs to help lubricate and detoxify the skin. The Gua Sha tool fits nicely into the palm of the hand and is held at a 45 degree angle to the skin. The Gua Sha tool is scraped or pushed along the body in long and short strokes. This motion called Gua, creates a vacuum that draws stagnant fluids (Sha) to the skin’s surface from deep within the tissue.
After just a few strokes, Sha, or stagnant red cells can be seen as red glow. A few strokes more and the Sha may turn a dark red to purple or even look like a raised rash. Don’t worry! Even though it may look painful, Sha rarely hurts! Sha is not a bruise or broken blood vessels and the discoloration fades away within a few days. Sha is simply stagnant cells that have been causing pain, coming to the surface to be cleaned out by the body’s natural rejuvenation system.