gua sha


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The practice of rubbing the edge of a coin across warm, oiled skin as part of Southeast Asian—Vietnamese—folk therapy—derived from the Chinese for treating migraines, fever, etc.; ‘coined’ skin has darkened, linear, erythematous microecchymoses which simulate lesions of child or domestic abuse

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.