Gua Sha – Oriental Aesthetic Medicine

What is “Gua Sha”

It is a very simple, safe and long-lasting aesthetic medicine treatment of Korean and Chinese models known for millennia. It consists in a massage with specially prepared stones with oval-shaped parts of the body, including the face, back, hands and wherever we want the skin to be beautiful. The composition of the stones used for the treatment is different and depends on the effect we want to achieve. As a rule, we use jade stones for aesthetic purposes, and basalt stones for therapeutic purposes. In exceptional circumstances, the therapy can be performed with other attributes, but these must be agreed with therapists in advance.

It is a very simple, safe and long-lasting aesthetic medicine treatment of Korean and Chinese models known for millennia. It consists in a massage with specially prepared stones with oval-shaped parts of the body, including the face, back, hands and wherever we want the skin to be beautiful. The composition of the stones used for the treatment is different and depends on the effect we want to achieve. As a rule, we use jade stones for aesthetic purposes, and basalt stones for therapeutic purposes. In exceptional circumstances, the therapy can be performed with other attributes, but these must be agreed with therapists in advance.

The gua sha method is directly related to the skin, and the traces it leaves are often surprising and disturbing for an outside observer. In 2001, a movie was made called “Gua sha”, where an American doctor, discovering traces of surgery on the back of a child, believed that the child was abused. Nothing could be more wrong, only the reactions after the treatment :-).

The most important thing is proper diagnosis. We know that most allergens in the air occur in the period from spring to autumn. If allergy problems are our annual concern, it is best to see a Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor a few weeks before the allergy season begins. The doctor should carefully ask about the symptoms and problems, which will help in choosing the therapy best suited to the patient’s conditions.

What does the device for “Gua Sha” look like?

At the very beginning, it should be noted that the devices for “Gua Sha” treatments are made of different materials depending on the place where we want to use them. The origin and quality of the product as well as its shape are also an important determinant. So we can meet natural stones for massage “Gua Sha”, jade stones (now a HIT among Korean models), nephrite stones (known in ancient China), wooden scrapers of various shapes and sizes, e.g. made of sandalwood, scrapers made of animal horns, including buffalo, etc., or even artificially manufactured substitutes present at numerous online auctions, which we obviously do not recommend due to their unknown origin.

Pink jade face guasha

Green Quartz Facial Guasha

Guasha – other types of stones

Guasha – how to prepare for the procedure?

As with any manual therapy treatment, guasha requires virtually no special preparations. All you need to do is make an appointment in our office and arrive at a specific time.

Before starting the “Gua Sha” therapy, it is not recommended to:

  • be under the influence of intoxicants, alcohol or strong psychotropic drugs
  • coming in agitated or highly nervous state
  • coming after heavy physical exertion caused by, for example, sports training.
Sample “Gua Sha” on the face

The frequency of treatments is important for the final aesthetic effect of “Gua Sha”. It is advisable that women who want to have beautiful, elastic and vital skin of the face for many years to do this procedure every day.

The secret of the beautiful skin of the face and body of Korean models

Guasha – healing benefits

“Gua Sha” treatments also have their healing values. Depending on what we do gua sha for, we can support the treatment of the following ailments:

  • all kinds of inflammation and inflammation of the joints, including fibromyalgia
  • all kinds of muscle and joint pain of unknown origin and those resulting from prolonged exercise

In addition, gua sha can help heal or assist in therapy:

  • neck pains of various types and origins
  • mastitis (especially recommended for nursing women)
  • hepatitis
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • shingles
  • asthma
  • bronchitis
  • different types of inflammation in the body
  • relieve pain and muscle spasms
  • restore normal blood circulation in muscles, tissues and organs directly above the site where it was applied

Gua Sha – after surgery

After the procedure, the patient is advised to protect the area from wind and cold and direct sun until the red reactions disappear. It’s also a good idea to increase your consumption of still water and eat light foods.

Sometimes, after the first “Gua Sha” treatment, delicate skin microcracks appear, which are not the result of the treatment itself, but of too little natural elasticity of the tissues. In such cases, the therapist will moisturize the body treated with appropriate moisturizing preparations. The selection of these products is important because it cannot block the pores and air access to the skin. In most cases, a massage oil will be the best choice.

A good specialist in Traditional Chinese Medicine knows what strength should be selected so that the treatment has the best chance of success and the therapeutic effects are the best. Different massage techniques are used in different diseases, but the reactions are always similar. Any color other than the predetermined ones is a deviation from the norm and an indicator that there are disturbing changes in the body that need to be treated quickly.

Immediately after the “Gua Sha” treatment, it is not recommended to perform activities that require a lot of physical effort. It’s good as we do the “Gua Sha” treatment at the end of the day, when we know that we will go to sleep soon. A properly functioning body should cope with the “red rash” on the back within 72-90 hours after the procedure.

Gua Sha – how many treatments do you need?

It is recommended to use “Gua Sha” treatments prophylactically once every two weeks after one treatment. For therapeutic purposes, the frequency may be increased and one “Gua Sha” after another as soon as the “red rash” has subsided. In difficult cases of diseases of unknown origin, even 50-100 similar treatments may be required throughout the cycle. Often the “Gua Sha” therapy is combined with other traditional methods such as TCM herbalism, acupressure or acupuncture.

Gua Sha on the face can be done daily or even several times a day without any restrictions.

Many excellent doctors of traditional medicine live and work in Europe and in Poland. Currently, you do not need to go to China, Mongolia or Japan to use their services. It is possible that in your area you will find the specialist you are looking for. The times when the knowledge of Traditional Medicine was knowledge passed down from father to son is history. Many excellent medical schools already educate doctors in medical faculties in such specialties as: clinical acupuncture, traditional medicine, herbal medicine, Eastern massage.

The country from which I come from Mongolia is one of the leaders where huge financial outlays and government support went to the promotion of natural medical systems.

Professor of Clinical Medicine Enkhjargal Dovchin

Many excellent doctors of traditional medicine live and work in Europe and in Poland. Currently, you do not need to go to China, Mongolia or Japan to use their services. It is possible that in your area you will find the specialist you are looking for. The times when the knowledge of Traditional Medicine was knowledge passed down from father to son is history. Many excellent medical schools already educate doctors in medical faculties in such specialties as: clinical acupuncture, traditional medicine, herbal medicine, Eastern massage.

The country from which I come from Mongolia is one of the leaders where huge financial outlays and government support went to the promotion of natural medical systems.

Frequently asked questions on the topic: gua sha

Footnotes:

[1] Chiu, J.-Y., Gau, M.-L., Kuo, S.-Y., et al. 2010. Effects of Gua-Sha therapy on breast engorgement: a randomized controlled trial. J Nurs Res 18 (March), 1-10.

[2] Nielsen, A., Kligler, B., Koll, BS, 2012. Safety Protocols for Gua sha (Press-Stroking) and Baguan (Cupping). Complement Ther in Med in press.

[3] Martin, E., 1987. The Woman in the Body. Beacon Press, Boston, MA, pp. 92–112.

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