Guasha is a scraping therapy that has been practiced for thousands of years in China. Gua- means to scrape; and - sha pertains to the petechiae or the reddish/ purplish color that appears on the surface of the skin.
What does gua sha do?
What this type of therapy does is break - up micro - blood clots that have accumulated at the superficial levels of tissue. These areas of blood stasis can disrupt the function of organs and the immune system. Guasha has been sited as a highly adaptable technique, because of its ability to cool an over-heated person or warm a person who is feeling chilled; it can also nourish a patient who is deficient, or alleviate a patient who's pattern is in excess. Some of the ailments that can be treated with Guasha are: Upper respiratory syndromes, digestive problems, pain, and any condition that upon palpation produces sha.