Gua sha: A Useful Chinese Medicine Modality During the Winter Months

Gua Sha, combined with acupuncture, can be used to treat as well as prevent the common gua shacold, flu, bronchitis, asthma, and pain (both acute and chronic). To administer Gua Sha, a light oil is applied to lubricate the skin, then a smooth edged instrument is used to “scrape” the targeted areas. Doing this releases toxins that are stored in the body, bringing them up through the surface of your skin. This can result in the appearance of bruising that goes away within a few days. The severity of the bruising is indicative of the amount of toxins that were released, and the stagnation or “stuck energy” in the muscles and meridians or channels.

Gua Sha stimulates the immune system, detoxifies the body, increases circulation, regulates organ function, normalizes metabolism, relieves stress, removes stagnation and eases pain. I highly recommend receiving a Gua Sha treatment at the first sign of cold symptoms or a sore throat. Early treatment can stop a cold or flu in its tracks, and can also fortify your immune system to help prevent illness in advance of the cold season and year-round.

3 Tips for a Healthy Winter

1. Cover the wind gate

According to TCM, external pathogens enter the body through the wind gate, which is the back of the neck and upper back. Keeping this area covered with a scarf or hood during the colder months can help keep you protected and healthy!

2. Drink hot water with lemon

Drinking hot water with lemon each morning helps detoxify your body every day, which will help keep you healthy. Other benefits include improved digestion and aid in weight loss.

3. Chinese Herbs

Chinese Herbs can help strengthen your immune system. The right blend of Chinese herbs can alleviate symptoms and shorten the duration of a cold.