Gua Sha is a Medicinal technique used by practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Gua Sha is used to remove blood stagnation that blocks the surface tissues impeding organ and immune function. It involves palpation stimulation where the skin is pressured by using strokes with a round edged instrument. Faye uses a pure Jade tool from China. This can result in the appearance of red patches called 'sha', that will fade within 2 to 7 days depending on the level of stagnation/pain in the treatment area but can sometimes last longer and this will be discussed prior to administration of this treatment . Raising Sha removes blood stagnation and pain. Gua Sha treatments are not painful. As the body is scraped it pushes a build-up of fluid ahead of it, and after it passes, it leaves an indention or vacuum behind which draws toxic fluid out to the surface of the skin from deep within the tissue. Gua Sha creates suction on the skin that pulls stagnant intercellular fluid to the surface, removing toxic debris, and replacing it with fresh oxygenated, nutrient rich fluid, which in turn accelerates regeneration and revitalizes the region.
Patients who recieve Gua Sha often experience immediate pain relief and find the whole experience to be relaxing and comforting, often asking for the procedure to be repeated on subsequent appointments for this reason. If Gua Sha is necessary for your treatment Faye will explain the procedure in full.
Please note that all of the Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques mentioned which include Gua sha, Cupping, Moxibustion and Electroacupuncture are all included in the standard acupucture price of £50 per session and will not be charged as an extra cost to you.
Gua Sha was originally used to just treat colds and flu as well as to maintain good health and many elderly people in China used it for health maintenance. Gua Sha stimulates your Qi (energy) and blood to remove stagnations which cause pain and to dispel pathogens within your body and these days it is commonly used for joint conditions such as shoulder, back, knee and neck problems. Other conditions for which it is used include asthma, bronchitis, headaches, high blood pressure, loose bowels, insomnia and post-viral syndromes.
Follow up appointments
NHS and emergency service workers are entitled to a discount on all treatments.