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Gua Sha CT

Acupuncture CTBetween the 5th and 7th centuries in Vietnam a holistic practice was started to help defend the body from disease, chronic pain, digestive problems and infections. The treatment, part of the Traditional Chinese Medicine practice of healing, is known as Gua Sha. By pressuring the skin in smooth strokes with a round-edged instrument, Gua Sha attempts to remove blood stagnation which is considered pathogenic by some, and promote normal circulation and metabolic process. Today, many acupuncturists offer adjunct therapies, and Gua Sha is often used to help treat pain, stiffness, fever, chill, nausea, upper respiratory problems and gastrointestinal disorders.

What is Gua Sha?

Gua Sha is a healing technique begun as a folk medicine practice in parts of China and Southeast Asia between the 5th and 7th centuries. As with many Traditional Chinese Medicine practices, Gua Sha holds in theory that the root cause of illness, chronic pain and disease is the stagnation of vital life force, or 'Qi', in the blood stream and that by alleviating clogs or blockage will help the patient return to a normal state where healing can begin. With Gua Sha treatment, the patient's back is lubricated with massage oil and the practitioner will then use a smooth-edged instrument to apply short or long strokes on the skin, typically in the area of pain. When successful Gua Sha treatment will break up blood stagnation and promote the smooth flow of blood and the relief of pain.

What can Gua Sha Treat?

Over the centuries Gua Sha therapy has been used to treat a wide variety of illnesses and debilitating conditions. Currently, patients who request Gua Sha treatment are hoping to address one of the following:

- Asthma
- Bronchitis
- Colds
- Flu
- Fever
- Heatstroke
- Fibromyalgia
- Strains
- Sprains
- Muscle
- Spasms
- Digestive Disorders
- Chronic Pain

If you are interested in learning more about Gua Sha therapy and if it can help treat your pain, contact the Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners at Acupuncture Associates of Hartford.


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