Gua Sha Benefits and Side effects - Lierre Canada

Gua sha is an ancient Chinese healing technique that involves gently scraping the skin using a metallic tool to improve circulation. Gua sha is usually performed by a technician who scrapes with short or long strokes. When done, this stimulates what’s called ‘micro-circulation’ of the soft tissue. Sometimes, a technician might apply massage oil to the skin or adjust their technique according to what’s best for the patient.

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In ancient Chinese doctrine, gua sha was believed to relieve stagnant energy in the body. It was this stagnant energy which some believed to be responsible for inflammation, the underlying cause of several illnesses such as chronic pain. Gua sha is usually performed with a metallic gua sha tool on the back, buttocks, neck, arms, or legs. For beginners, mild pressure is best. For advanced users and those who want a little more force, stronger pressure can be applied.

The benefits of using gua sha is not only just inflammation related but can also treat arthritis, fibromyalgia, muscle pain, headaches and migraines, and joint pain. There’s some evidence suggesting gua sha can help reduce liver enzymes and liver inflammation, decreasing the likelihood of liver damage from hepatitis B. When breastfeeding women experience breasts becoming painfully engorged, gua sha has been shown to reduce the likelihood of discomfort and breast fullness as a sort of preventative.


Using gua sha in Canada, there are other benefits as well. Gua sha has been shown to be a remedy for chronic neck pain. It’s been shown to reduce some symptoms of Tourette syndrome, such as facial tics, throat clearing, and vocal outbursts. Gua sha has been found to lower symptoms in pre-menopausal women, including insomnia, irregular periods, anxiety, fatigue, and hot flashes.

Now, gua sha is a very safe treatment but there are some side effects which any new user can experience. Gua sha shouldn’t be painful although there’s a risk the capillaries near the surface of the skin could burst. Bruising could occur however is likely to disappear within a few days. Patients can also experience temporary indentation of the skin and minor bleeding. The only category of people who are not recommended gua sha are those who have had surgery within the past six weeks, anyone taking blood thinners, or anyone who has a clotting disorder. is a huge supporter of gua sha, as we’ve seen the difference it can make in the lives of Canadians who need relief. When conventional therapies or pharmaceutical medications don’t work, this is an alternative treatment that produces a significant result. If you haven not had success with other therapies, consider gua sha from a professional.

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