What is Gua Sha in TCM?

Gua Sha is a treatment method commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine. Scraping uses a special scraping knife or fingers to gently massage the patient’s skin to dredge meridians, regulate endocrine, and improve blood circulation.
There are many methods of scraping, the common ones are direct scraping, oblique scraping, pressing scraping, friction scraping and so on. The operation parts of scraping are also different, the common ones are back, abdomen, head, limbs and so on.
Gua Sha has many therapeutic advantages, such as relieving pain, relieving stress, improving immunity, and promoting metabolism.
It should be noted that scraping is a medical operation, and you should consult an attending doctor or a professional Chinese medicine practitioner before performing the operation to avoid adverse consequences.
Gua Sha is a medical procedure that should be evaluated on a patient-by-patient basis before performing the procedure.
The following patients should not use Gua Sha:

  • Patients with bleeding disorders such as hemophilia, leukemia, etc.
  • People with skin diseases, such as itching, eczema, etc.
  • Patients with open wounds or burns
  • Patients with cerebrovascular diseases, such as cerebral infarction, stroke, etc.
  • diabetic
  • Other diseases such as liver cirrhosis, renal failure, etc.

When scraping, you should also avoid using it in the following situations:

  • Patient hyperthermia or hypothermia
  • Patient overeating or starving
  • patient fatigue
  • Patient is overly agitated
  • Infection or inflammation in the patient’s body

Strict operating specifications should be followed to avoid adverse consequences when performing scraping operations. In addition, if patients experience symptoms of discomfort after scraping, they should stop the operation in time and seek medical help.

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