The traditional Chinese practice of gua sha involves stroking the skin with a stiff instrument made of jade, bone or horn. Gua sha is similar to massage and acupressure but is focused directly on increasing blood flow beneath the surface of the skin. The increase in the blood circulation can lead to a number of healing effects in the body. “Sha” is transitory therapeutic petechiae or the bringing up of blood into the subcutis. It is bringing up to the surface toxins to be carried out of the tissue, by the lymphatic system, to the kidneys and the liver to be filtered. Therefore, gua sha reduces inflammation and benefits the immune system while it reduces pain.
Gua Sha causes anti-inflammatory and immune boosting effects which could last for days and help the body with a number of symptoms and diseases.