What is Gua Sha?

Gua Sha (刮痧) is also called spooning or coining. It can be translated from the Chinese Mandarin as Gua to scrap and Sha evils, fever or disease, so together, to scrap the evils/fever/disease out.

Who needs it?

In the traditional Chinese practice it is used for:

  •  Reducing fever, the technique is commonly used to draw fevers out especially for common colds.

  •  Gynaecological problems

  •  Fatigue

  •  Muscle and tendon injuries

  •  Digestive Disorders

  •  Headaches

  •  Stiffness, Pain, Immobility

  •  Sluggish circulation

How is it given?

The area affected is repeatedly scraped with a smooth edge implement so a spoon: ceramic or metal, a coin, honed animal bone, horns, jade or even the fingernail. The tool is placed against the pre-oiled skin and “scraped” down the muscle. It is the action of the scraping on the surface of the body that results in the Sha or stasis to come to the surface and to be expelled. The resultant Sha ‘rash’ is not from the rupturing of the capillaries as seen in bruising but from the extravasation of blood from the capillaries. There may be the resultant Sha ‘rash’ but this generally fades in 2-4 days. The colour of Sha ‘rash’ varies according to the severity of the patient's blood stasis—which may correlate with the nature, severity and type of their disorder—appearing from a dark blue-black to a light pink, but is most often a shade of red. Although the marks on the skin look painful, they are not. Patients typically feel an immediate sense of relief and change.