[Subterm of Manipulative therapies]
Gua Sha therapy is a form of therapeutic skin manipulation by scraping or rubbing. It is an ancient technique in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The method of promoting Chi energy and blood circulation as well as the removal of toxic heat, stagnant blood, and lymph fluid is said to improve health. The method of applying Gua Sha involves the layering of oil on the skin. The oil may be enhanced with herbs or essential oils. The skin is then scraped in the area of discomfort or at times on the entire body using special tools. A soupspoon, coin or slice of horn was used in ancient China. Unlike acupuncture, Gua Sha treats not only the meridian system but the entire system as well.