刮痧(治感冒和中暑)

This post is for Joyful who ask me about 刮痧 (Gua-Sha) procedure that I use to heal heatiness among my family members.
Whenever my family members started to show symptom of heatiness (red/chapped lips, itchy throat, rising body temperature,…), I will perform these steps and give the patient a glass of lukewarm water to drink at the end of the procedure. As simple as that !

Gua-Sha is a healing technique used in Asia by practitioners of Traditional Medicine, in both the clinical setting and in homes, but little known in the West. It involves palpation and cutaneous stimulation where the skin is pressured, in strokes, by a round-edged instrument; that results in the appearance of small red petechiae called ‘sha’, that will fade in 2 to 3 days.
I am just merely sharing the technique that I have been using for years but I do not wish to engage in the debate of the pros & cons of Gua-Sha. If you think this is good then give it a try, but please do not do it if you think otherwise.

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2 thoughts on “刮痧(治感冒和中暑)

  1. Thank you Thomas,

    Hey this is cool. Do I need to apply force when I 刮 ? Viewing the video, it seems that the practitioner was doing it very lightly. Do you follow strictly the various spots he demonstrated? Ginger water a must or oilment will do?

  2. Joyful,
    The practitioner in the video is just showing the method and correct spots to 刮, in actual you need to apply force, cannot be too gentle. Yes, I follow strictly the area/spots he mentioned, cos you need to 刮 difference area/spots for difference illness. I am using a set of tools & gua-sha oil from a MLM company call ELXXX but it is too expensive and I believe simple plastic spoon will do, if you can find other form of ginger oil that will be better bcos oil can act as the lubricant when you 刮.

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