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.
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Sometimes when gua sha is performed on the body, the medium or hard pressure may cause capillaries to disrupt, producing red or purple marks called petechiae.
Contrary to what petechiae looks like, gua sha should not be painful; in fact, it is a relaxing therapeutic treatment.
Like most massage techniques that reduce stress, improve circulation, ease pain and fatigue, and remove toxins, gua sha can also address other health issues as well such as acute and chronic pain, while also providing skin benefits.
At the same time, the continuous upward stroke can give a glowing, energized appearance, and even lift or define facial contours for some, most especially if gua sha is done regularly.
Gua sha research and the language of integrative medicine.
She said: "She thought I should give gua sha a try.
She said: "I started doing gua sha in earnest last year and it's proved so much more popular than I expected.
RELIEF Antonia is now pain-free after being give the gua sha treatment from therapist Margaret Miller
HERE'S THE RUB The Chinese treatment gua sha involves scraping the skin with a hard edge to stimulate the immune system and leaves body covered in red marks.
The effect of Gua Sha treatment on the microcirculation of surface tissue: a pilot study in healthy subjects.