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Things to know: Gua Sha

I'm sure you've heard of a Gua Sha by now, if not, keep reading. In this blog post I will be sharing the history of a Gua Sha, ways of using it, side effects, tips and much more. We supply a Bian Stone Gua Sha that can be found here.

History:

In the Ming Dynasty between 1368 & 1644, the procedure was scientifically computed into major medical records. Although there has been note of use of the Gua Sha during the Ming Dynasty, the period of practice is assumed to be much older, it's first computed record is dates back to about 700 years ago. The origins come from ancient medical traditions of China & southeast Asia. It is sometimes known as spooning or coining because of it's long history of make shift home practice. The use of the stones are to scrape the skin & treat diseases. When people fell sick or became unconscious, hands or stones were used to rub parts of their body to help alleviate the symptoms of disease. Gua means to scrape or rub, sha is the term used to describe blood stasis in the subcutaneous tissue as petechiae. To scrape away illness involves using tools such as Bian Stone, Jade, or ox horn, with lubricant liniment to scrape and rub body parts of the patients skin repeatedly in one direction. The aim is to activate blood circulation to dissipate blood stasis.

Gua Sha for the Body:

The action of scraping of the skin causes light bruising, often appears as purple or red spots known as petechiae or sha. The toxic fluid (sha), floods to the surface and can be seen in small deep purple or light green pools of blood. Often hot on the area of performance. As the body us scraped with light pressure, it pushes a build-up of fluid ahead of it, and after it passes, it leaves an indention or vacuum behind that draws toxins out of the surface of the skin from deep within the tissue. "Gua sha can stimulate blood flow and remove coldness, negative energy, toxic-heat, and promote lymphatic fluid from the body through the skin." Jonuscheit says. "Through the process, more blood serum is produced and omproves the body's immune system."

Gua Sha for the Face:

Facial gua sha is a lot gentler than traditional methods, which is normally practiced on the body. When performed on the face, it helps break up fascia - the connective tissue that hugs muscles but can sometimes interfere with optimal circulation. Facial gua sha is a therapy we can apply to uncoil the daily buildup of stress we experience in the face. Some swear by it's ability to ward off headaches, jawline pain, and brighten the skin.

 How To on Face:

Perform on clean skin that has been primed with a sort of lubricant, this can be a serum or moisturizer, I typically apply oil to help fend off friction.
- Angling gua sha parallel to your skin, don't dig the edge straight in, like you're chopping.
- Gently sweep tool up and out towards the perimeter of your face.
- At the end of each stroke, wiggle the tool to help relieve tension.

Avoid if:

Had surgery in last 6 weeks
- Have inplant(s)
- Cosmetic additives (filler, botox & etc)
- Bleed easily
- Medical conditions affecting the skin or veins
- Have an infection, tumour, or wound that is yet to be completely healed
- Who takes medication to think their blood and those who have blood clotting disorders
- With deep vein thrombosis

 

I am not a certified or registered health practitioner, these are just some tips and tricks I have accumulated throughout the years, or came across during research. If any an accident occurs, please seek medical attention by a qualified health physician.

 

Some information was pulled from:

- http://en.chinaculture.org/info/2013-04/25/content_456628_2.htm
- https://www.theskingames.com/gua-sha-the-history-benefits-and-side-effects/
- https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320397#overview