Sha is a healing technique used in Asia by practitioners of
Traditional Medicine, in both the clinical setting and in homes,
but little known in the West. It involves palpation and cutaneous
stimulation where the skin is pressured, in strokes, by a round-edged
instrument; that results in the appearance of small red petechiae
called 'sha', that will fade in 2 to 3 days.
Sha removes blood stagnation considered pathogenic, promoting normal
circulation and metabolic processes.The patient experiences immediate
relief from pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, nausea, and so
on. Gua Sha is valuable in the prevention and treatment of acute
infectious illness, upper respiratory and digestive problems, and
many other acute or chronic disorders.
Sha book and video are teaching tools to guide the learning
and practice of the technique. The book explains exactly how to
apply the technique with examples of over 40 cases, and instruction
on how to use Gua Sha for specific diagnoses.
is a companion to the book detailing basic points on how to Gua
Sha, demonstrating treatment on patients from the TCM Hospital in
Koetzting, Germany. The video may be ordered separately.
Gua Sha stroking applied to upper back and shoulder.
Click on image for detail of Gua Sha.
Arya Nielsen's Gua Sha:
A Traditional Technique for Modern Practice details how to use
Gua Sha in any caregiving practice.