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Performing Gua Sha Therapy

The ancient healing technique of gua sha is made up of two Chinese characters, Gua, meaning to scrape and Sha meaning sand. Aside from being used by practitioners of Chinese medicine in Boca Raton, Gua Sha is also used as a form of treatment in many households in China. While it is seldom used in the West because it tends to cause bruise-like marks on the back, Gua Sha is commonly used to treat a variety of condtions including migraine, emotional and physical stress, weak circulation, and systemic toxicity. This therapy encourages the flow of blood and energy (Chi) throughout the body for overall health. The following are some steps on how to perform Gua Sha therapy properly.

Step 1

Ascertain if the person has weak Chi and blood circulation. Apply pressure on the muscles to feel for knots, ropiness, or tension. When pressure is released from a stagnant area, there will be blanched spots that are slow to return to their proper color. This is an indication of weak circulation.

Step 2

Lightly rub the affected area with Gua Sha oil. This is certainly blended with essential oils or herbs that facilitate the release of toxins that hinder healthy blood flow and block Chi. If no gua sha oil is available, you can use massage oil.

Step 3

Use a coin, or a soup spoon to scrape the targeted regions of the body. Firmly press down the scraping tool along the acupuncture meridians or along the length of the affected muscle.

Step 4

Administer quick five inch strokes. Generate adequate friction to elevate the Sha, to draw toxins to the surface of the skin and to actually eliminate sickness in the body.

Step 5

Identify the type of toxicity released by the body. Purple coloration indicates stagnant blood and very old Red spots indicate the release of toxins. Stagnant and very old blood elevates purple coloration. Dark green indicates toxic Chi and stagnant blood. Green coloration that turns red suggests toxins and pain Keep in mind that these are signs of healing and negative health issues being released.

Step 6

Acknowledge negative Chi. Dead Chi causes oxygen deprivation in the system and has been stagnant for a long time. This is a very adverse form and can result in the growth of cancer cells. Stagnant Chi is usually always affiliated with pain and suggests heart issues, overweight, and a sedentary lifestyle. Toxic Chi means that waste and other toxins have accumulated. Toxic Chi can result in very serious health problems.

Step 7

You should remind your patient that the discolorations are signs of healing and will pass within a few days. Toxins need to released and replaced by fluids, oxygen-rich blood.

AcuPoints for Abdominal Pain

When talking about acupoints for abdominal pain, we are pointing to the age-old technique of acupressure. Acupressure works by applying direct pressure to the affected areas on the body in order to provide pain relief and facilitate healing on certain parts of the body.

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