gua sha(redirected from Coin rubbing)
Also found in: Dictionary, Encyclopedia.
gua sha(gwă shah) [Chinese (Mandarin), lit., “rub petechiae”]
A traditional Chinese method of massage of scraping or rubbing the skin with a rounded blade, oils, and herbs. It is used to relieve pain and improve circulation. The massage causes a petechial rash or bleeding into the skin that resolves after a few days.
gua sha (kwä sä),
n technique used in traditional Chinese medicine; a porcelain soup spoon is scraped across the patient's skin in order to produce a rash—“sha”—that will fade in two or three days. Raising “sha” removes blockages in blood stagnation, thereby promoting normal circulation and metabolic processes.