What is Gua Sha?
Gua sha (Chinese: 刮痧), meaning “scraping sha-bruises“, is a traditional Chinese medical treatment in which the skin is scraped to produce light bruising. Practitioners believe gua sha releases unhealthy elements from injured areas and stimulates blood flow and healing. Gua sha is sometimes referred to as “spooning” or “coining” by English speakers, it has also been given the descriptive French name, tribo-effleurage (Huard & Wong, 1976).
Gua Sha has been very popular in many cultures, including Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Indonesia, and India etc, and it has become a folk medicine in these countries. Also, movies were made showing Gua Sha among other things, including the 2001 movie the Gua Sha treatment made in Hong Kong and Cyclo made in Vietnam.
Patrons in our clinic will have opportunities to join our research on effects of Gua Sha on different musculoskeletal pains.