Gua means ‘to rub’ or ‘friction’ and is an ancient home remedy still used today in Chinese households. Oils with special blends of Chinese herbs are applied to the area to be treated and a small tool is used to gently rub or scrape the skin, creating friction. This produces the same red/purple marks (sha) produced by the cupping technique but doesn’t take as long to fade.
What is Gua Sha used for?
- Pain, stiffness and muscle tension
- Colds, allergies and flus
- Sore throats and ear infections
- Upper respiratory problems
- Digestive issues