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Gua sha is an alternative therapy of traditional East Asian medicine. Sometimes called coining, spooning or scraping, it is a modality targeting of an area of the body to intentionally create transitory therapeutic petechiae called ‘sha’.
Raising sha removes blood stagnation considered pathogenic in traditional East Asian medicine. Modern research shows the transitory therapeutic petechiae produces an anti-inflammatory and immune protective effect that persists for days following Gua sha treatment, accounting for the immediate relief that patients feel.
Gua sha offers a unique approach to issues like chronic pain. Your practitioner uses short and long strokes to stimulate microcirculation of the soft tissue, which increases blood flow.