Gua sha (Chinese: 刮痧; pinyin: guā shā),. Practitioners believe gua sha releases unhealthy elements from injured areas and stimulates blood flow and healing.


Gua sha is a healing technique of traditional East Asian medicine. Sometimes called ‘coining, spooning or scraping’, Gua sha is defined as instrument-assisted unidirectional press-stroking of a lubricated area of the body surface to intentionally create transitory therapeutic petechiae called ‘sha’ representing extravasation of blood in the subcutis.

Raising sha removes blood stagnation considered pathogenic in traditional East Asian medicine. Modern research shows the transitory therapeutic petechiae produce an anti inflammatory and immune protective effect that persists for days following a single Gua sha treatment accounting for the immediate relief that patients feel from pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, wheeze, nausea and vomiting etc, and why Gua sha is effective in acute and chronic internal organ disorders including liver inflammation in hepatitis.



Unhealthy elements are released from injured areas of the body and blood flow is stimulated to decrease pain and increase the healing process. 

It is most commonly used to treat back pain, muscle spasms, strains, sprains, muscle pains in the legs, muscle tension caused by arthritis, and foot problems (like plantar fasciitis). It can also be used to treat symptoms related to asthma and the common cold! The treatment does not hurt, per se, but can be uncomfortable depending on how sore your muscles are.