Cupping, Moxibustion, and Gua Sha continued…


Gua Sha is often used for what we call “damp heat” syndromes which sometimes can manifest as:

  • cough, fever
  • sore throat
  • vomiting, abdominal pain
  • constipation in children (I don’t know an American child that you wouldn’t have to tie down for this… so I doubt this is the method of choice!)
  • vaginal discharge
  • high blood pressure
  • diarrhea with burning and stinking stool
  • toothache
  • painful menstruation
  • frozen shoulder
  • summer stroke

Here’s how it works: We use a gua sha tool, some oil over the area to be treated, and a lot of elbow grease. Your practitioner knows all the details on how to properly do this. Results for the patient are therapeutic along with the side effect of bruising, soreness, and what may feel like a sunburn. All worth the experience of health and wellness. The
“sha” (released) clears up in 3-5 days. The patient should drink plenty of warm water to flush out the toxins released. A body ache may be felt up to 2 days due to the potential stagnation in the area.

Here are some photos: