Gua Sha is guided by the theory of meridians and acupoints of traditional Chinese medicine, through special scraping instruments and corresponding techniques, dipping a certain medium, scraping and rubbing repeatedly on the body surface, so as to make the skin appear red military shape, or dark red bleeding spots and other “scrapping” changes, so as to achieve the effect of promoting blood circulation. Because of its simplicity, convenience, cheapness, and efficiency, it is widely used in the clinic and is suitable for medical and family health care. It can also be used with acupuncture, cupping, pricking and bloodletting, and other therapies to strengthen the effect of promoting blood circulation and removing blood stasis, expelling evil and detoxification.
The first written records of gua sha date back 700 years, to the era of the Ming Dynasty, though, the practice is thought to be much older than that, perhaps having been discovered in prehistoric times as the simple reflex of rubbing a painful area to make the pain go away.
The term gua sha is comprised of two Chinese words: gua, meaning to rub or scrape, and sha, a type of stagnant energy that causes excess heat to build within the body. Taken together, the term gua sha means the act of rubbing the skin to remove an energy blockage. According to traditional Chinese medicine theory, by bringing heat to the skin surface, gua sha, releases the blocked energy and heat.
One of the original forms of physical therapy, gua sha is widely used to treat joint and muscle pain. Traditionally applied in accordance with the meridians, or energy channels of the body, many patients in China and other parts of Asia also use gua sha as a form of preventive medicine and the first line of defense against illness. Gua sha has been used to treat a wide range of both acute and chronic health conditions including headache, fever, digestive disorders, asthma, and respiratory infections as well as women’s health issues, insomnia, and general fatigue.
The gua sha plate has a thick surface, thin surface straight and edges. For the treatment of diseases, scrape the skin with the thin surface, scrape the skin with the thick surface for health care, and use edges and corners to wipe the acupoints near the joints and when you need to press the acupoints. In addition to the above characteristics, there are two curved grooves, curved grooves some fingers, toes, spine and other parts of the scraping treatment, which can obtain a satisfactory contact area and achieve a good therapeutic effect.
The effect of scraping on the body is roughly divided into two categories: one is the role of health care, the other is the treatment of diseases. Its mechanism of action is as follows:
1. Diuresis and detoxification: by testing the kidney meridian, bladder meridian, and other parts, and drinking a cup of warm water before and after treatment, it can produce a good diuresis and detoxification effect
2.Sweating and detoxification: the application of volatile scraping oil with the function of sweating and relieving surface for scraping massage can promote the opening of pores, sweat excretion and accelerate metabolism, so as to make use of the excretion of toxins and wastes in the body.
3. Elimination of toxins: scraping therapy can make local tissues highly congested, blood vessels and nerves stimulated, blood vessels dilated, blood and lymph circulation faster, phagocytosis and transport capacity enhanced, thus accelerating the cleaning of wastes and toxins in the body.
4. Relaxing muscles and activating collaterals, so that the whole system has a better cycle so that people can be more relaxed, easier to fall asleep.
Benefits of using Jade gua sha facial massager include:
- Smooth out fine lines and wrinkles
- Balance your spiritual energy
- Reduce dark circles and puffiness around the eye
- Combat inflammation
- Improve the appearance of breakouts
- Enhance circulation
- Speed up healing
- Relieve tension and muscle pain
- Encourage lymphatic drainage
- Improve metabolism
- Heightened confidence
Basic Method of Gua Sha Scraping
Gua Sha Scraping Board Using Method.
One of the basic techniques of gua sha scraping is to hold the gua sha board in the palm of the hand, hold the thick side of the scraping board in the palm of the hand when scraping for the treatment of disease, and hold the thin side of the scraping board in the palm of the hand when scraping for the health care. This technique can not be wrong, otherwise, the gua sha scraping effect is not desired.
Gua Sha Scraping Direction.
When scraping, the direction of the gua sha board is very important, the meridians and collaterals on the body have a direction, and not all meridians are in the same direction. Generally speaking, scraping the neck, back, abdomen and limbs is scraped from top to bottom, while the chest is scraped from the inside to the outside. Specific meridian direction, curettage method can consult a professional doctor.
Gua Sha Scraping Angle.
When gua sha scraping, we should also pay attention to the angle between the gua sha board and the scraping direction. generally speaking, we can choose a 90-degree and 45-degree angle for scraping. When scraping at a 90-degree angle, the effect on the skin is greater, while the 45-degree angle is relatively peaceful. When you choose to scratch, you can use a 90-degree angle.