The word “Gua” means scraping and “Sha” stands for the spots that resemble bruises which appear during the scraping, which in itself signal a blocked Qi (energy of life). Freely translated Gua Sha means “scraping the disease from the skin“.
With the help of Gua Sha, on the one hand the self-healing power is enlarged by indirectly stimulating the nervous system and on the other hand it significantly enhances the removal of toxins. Especially, the latter effect is responsible for the powerful effect of a Gua Sha treatment. When toxins (breakdown products) settle in our mucosal tissue and muscles, stagnation appears with pain and symptoms as a consequence.
Discoloration of the skin can vary from pink to blue/purple/black, depending on the level of the stagnation.
Guah Sha is often combined with cupping, moxa, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.