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An ancient Chinese medicine scraping technique was usually performed with a jade stone, antler horn, or porcelain spoon. The friction from the scraping tool causes adhesions to break up and aids in the circulation of Qi and blood; thus promoting healing. Gua Sha can also be used at the first sign of illness to reduce future severity.
When done properly petechiae and ecchymosis will appear. Petechiae are small red or purple spots on the surface of the skin because of micro bleeding in the vessels of the skin. With continuous Gua Sha, the petechiae gradually blend into areas of ecchymosis, which is skin discoloration caused by the escape of blood into the tissues from the ruptured blood vessels.
Benefits of Gua Sha on the Body:
Conditions treated by Gua Sha:
Benefits of Facial Gua Sha:
Contraindications: in areas of abrasion or bruising or in extremely deficient patients