Gua sha acupuncture is a healing method that originated in Eastern Asia. It’s often referred to as coining, scraping, or spooning, because of the method that is used in this ancient treatment. In fact, loosely translated, guasha means, “scraping” in Chinese. In modern usage, gua sha is often used in concert with acupuncture to maximize healing and skin rejuvenation.
What is Used in Gua Sha?
The gua sha professional uses a special tool to gently scrape the skin in a certain direction. While this may sound a lot like exfoliation, gua sha is very different from exfoliation and a lot more effective at rejuvenating the skin. The tool used has a smooth edge that is designed to move gently across the skin without harming it. The gua sha tool is manipulated across the skin in patches, in one direction. In doing so, a light but firm pressure is also applied.
How Does Gua Sha Work?
Gua sha works by releasing toxins from the skin and loosening knots and tension in concentrated areas. This isn’t just anecdotal evidence, either. Recent clinical research has proven the benefits of gua sha as an anti-inflammatory treatment and immune system boost. And these benefits begin from day one of treatment, too. In addition, gua sha is non-invasive and pain-free! For those reasons, gua sha is certainly worth considering.
What Are The Benefits of Gua Sha?
- Pain alleviation
- Tension reduction
- Lessening of internal inflammation
What Conditions Can Gua Sha Treat?
Patients can see benefits of gua sha for a number of ailments, such as:
- Back pain
- Inflamed sinuses
- Chronic fatigue
- Chronic colds and coughs
- Sore, aching muscles
As you can see, there are many reasons why you should consider gua sha if you have health issues. Speak to your chiropractor about the possibility of gua sha treatment. You might just be surprised at how quickly you can find relief? Contact us (815) 705-6246 to schedule your appointment.