Sydney Acupuncturist Rodd Sanchez uses an assortment of Traditional Chinese medicine measures to assist patients with their recovery and well being. These range from acupuncture both traditional and laser, Chinese herbal medicine (granulated and patent), cupping, massage and Gua Sha – Scraping.
This article is a short introduction in to the skill, method and art know as Gua Sha
Gua Sha or scraping has had a long history in Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. Unlike acupuncture it is a totally non-invasive procedure that can be performed in the clinical setting or at home. It is the technique and practise of rubbing the skin with an implement which will increase blood circulation at that localised area. Typically used for conditions of pain relief
The procedure itself: the Practice of Gua Sha
Initially,Gua Sha ointment is applied on to the skin surface. This oil is specifically designed for the Gua Sha treatment; it contains medical herbs with properties which will enhance the blood moving (circulating) or toxin eliminating function of Gua Sha treatment. Gua Sha tool (there are many to choose from), or a coin, soup spoon, or metal cap (some of these are used by other practitioner, but not used in clinic) and slowly and continuously making long strokes, rub down from the neck down the posterior aspect of the back(which is the most common area, but not the only area – other areas are also treated).
Initially one will be able to start to see a few red spots that will guide you where to concentrate on. The technique is continued for approx 5 – 10 min depending on the condition and severity. You may find that some purple marks could also appear in some patients. These marks are not sought out when dealing with infants, only a pink glow is sufficient.
Gua Sha is safe, simple and effective traditional procedure to do. The marks(if any) will only be viable for a few days, before disappearing as will the condition which the patient presented with.