Skin Scraping (Chinese：Gua Sha ，is a form of “folk” medicine, that has developed through its long history into a very wide range of traditional natural therapies for treating disease. Skin scraping is based on ” Jing-Ruo ” meridians and follows the “radical is treat the symptoms” principle. It uses scraping instruments (horn, jade, glass cup) to scrap the skin related meridian points by the benign strong stimulation Meridian and dilated capillaries, in order to improve local microcirculation and eliminate the evil ” Qi “. This clears the meridians, “Shujin qi”, dispels wind and cold, banishes evil spirits through detoxification, clearing heat and dampness, promoting blood circulation, reducing swelling and pain purposes. As with many of the “folk” methods that are used domestically as a form of first intervention, the use of Gua Sha often precludes any need for any more complex medical treatment; and, because its use means that further medical treatment is unnecessary, the technique, although extremely widespread, is often hidden from view. As a result, its role as a significant participant in the overall health care of a community may not be immediately apparent. Therefore, in the case of Gua Sha, the term “folk” medicine should not be thought of as separate from the practice of the more complex Traditional Chinese Medicine, but as an immediate form of domestic “first-aid” intervention that serves to prevent any need for further medical intervention by a medical professional.
Regular scraping, can play a role of preventive health care and also promotes Qi and activates blood, dissolves stasis, adjusts the Yin-Yang balance, relaxes muscle/ tendon and accessibility “Jing-Ruo”, removes toxin, increases metabolism rate, and enhances the body’s own potential for disease resistance and immune functions. Clinical practice shows that treatment by scraping can assist to relax tense muscles. The removal of the pain and lesions is conducive to lesion repair. Thus, the scraping is an effective method to eliminate pain, muscle tension, and spasm. “Sha” There may be visible red or purple spots and patches in scrapping process. These in fact show that it is leaking outside the containing metabolites in capillary blood. If some of the products of metabolism are in the blood, blood circulation disorder will rise out of “Sha”. Indications: In classical Chinese practice, the “Gua Sha” technique is most commonly used to help as following: Fever Headache Sunstrokes / heat syncope and nausea. Fatigue caused by exposure to heat or cold. Cough and dyspnea: bronchitis, asthma, emphysema Muscle and tendon injuries Stiffness, pain, immobility Rheumatoid arthritis Digestive disorders Push sluggish circulation, fibromyalgia Urinary, gynecological disorders Attention: The ” skin scrapping ” is not suitable to use for everyone, it will be used for individual patient’s depending on their body system condition.