Gua Sha/Scraping treatment(Chinese: 刮痧) is a natural therapy of which practitioners of Chinese Medicine apply a tool to scrape patient’s skin along selected meridians or muscles. Practitioners will use a tool to apply pressure and scrape over lubricated skin to alleviate pain or relieve tension. The unidirectional scraping and scratching of the skin cause light bruising which often appears as purple or red spots known as petechiae or Sha. The “Sha-blemishes” can look frightful but they are mostly painless.

The tool used can be a smooth-edged plague made of Bian stone, jade, rose quartz, bull-horn, amber or medical grade stainless steel. Dr Ruth Lee often combines cupping with Gua sha using her patented AcuTouch Easy Cupping set, which can help resolve back pain, neck and shoulder pain, tendon strain, capal tunnel syndrome, common cold and flu, asthma, migraine, perimenopause syndrome, anxiety and any chronic disorder involving congestion of Qi and Blood.

You should not have Gua sha if you:

  • have skin diseases or infection
  • bleed easily or are taking blood-thinning medication
  • have deep vein thrombosis
  • have an implant, such as a pacemaker or internal defibrillator