Hi, in this segment, we’re going to demonstrate
Gua Sha. Gua Sha is also known as Scraping, and we use it for everything from back pain
which we’re going to demonstrate today and things like cold and flu. It’s actually a
traditional type of treatment that’s a part of Chinese medicine that can be use anything
by an acupuncture physician to mom or dad working on their kids, dealing with various
types of pain or the wind invasion, what we call, colds and flu. So, once we got a little
bit of lotion on there, some people use lotion, some don’t, we go ahead and take the Gua Sha
tool, it’s made of everything from buffalo horn to a plastic to the sides of Japanese
soup spoons or in this case, jade. And we proceed to manipulate the muscles and bring
out redness and purple. By doing this, we can do both diagnosis. The darker redder areas,
or the purpler areas are where the greatest amount of pain or stagnation is. And the places
that don’t become red as fast, are generally pretty good. And so you can see, we’re starting
to get some redness along this muscle line, then let’s us know where we need to do some
of the work, whether its using cupping afterwards, acupuncture or even some Tuina Massage. We
can use any of these different techniques in order to bring out that stagnation. Seems
like a lot of its up here near shoulder blades, or the upper part of his back, maybe where
the worst of all of his stuff is coming from. So we can see that we got a little bit of
redness, this usually goes away within a couple of days. So this is Gua Sha.

43 thoughts on “Acupuncture Therapy : Acupuncture Gua Sha”

  1. Scraping a dull edge over the back ruptures small blood vessels; you can think of it as intentional bruising. Cupping creates a similar effect, except through suction rather than pressure (that's where the circular bruises came from). They're two different methods of traditional Chinese medicine.

  2. Actually this is a very accurate portrayal of a highly effective medicine that was around BEFORE the dark ages. Many people find that cupping and gua sha are very comfortable and pleasant. The results are definitely worth the "hickeys".

  3. well yeah but…i mean come on…he's not moving like..at all 😛

    (and yes im aware im replying 2 months late! XD )

  4. the giant red things are indicators that he had cupping done so dont worry there. If anything they probably vanished in five days or less.

  5. I fail to see any reasonable evidential or scientific basis for this technique, if you could call it that. This is placebo that relies on anecdotal "evidence" which Im should will be coming forthwith. Comfy? maybe. Pleasant? ok. Sound basis? nope.

  6. @TheZarbodShow I live in asia and have gone for this treatment. it does work.this type of treatment is a lot healthier than taking a pain killer tablet for pain.besides the redness it has no side effects that a pain killer tablet might have say for eg allergies Most western med especially pills have been known to have far more serious adverse effects. medicine is supposed to make u better and not feel sluggish when taking it.

  7. @jns124able isnt practicing it on humans scientific eveidence enough. Most western medications get tested on animals and humans for scientific evidence.

  8. @expatleanie hi there, you are absolutely correct that some treatments, drugs, and protocols are done using humans. Its important to note 2 things: the humans are aware of the studies and the risks/benefits, and the study itself passed an ethics committee. 2nd important thing: PRACTICING on humans is not evidence. I can practice "sham" or phoney medicine all my life and never have shown any evidence for it. Empirical demonstration of EFFECTIVENESS is what will constitute evidence. cheers =)

  9. @expatleanie I think the evidence that I would be happy with is some type of theory for a mechanism of action, and then a means to reproduce this mechanism and demonstrate benefit…perhaps a doubleblind clinical trial.

  10. @shomees actually it has been around for centuries and was practised by many cultures from the Greeks to the Arabic people to the Chinese

  11. @aarmeti ahem these backward practices are in some ways a lot more beneficial to your health. I have seen some ads about some of the medicinal drugs sold -and some even mention if taken to long may cause death.Seriously who would wanna take a pill for diahorrea that says that? now that's brutal. I live in asia now and have tried it -it works . I'd say 2 days of redness vs that is ok. but then that's your choice.

  12. @jns124able . The best evidence is when you see it working over and over again. I work in a clinic and have seen colds and flus go away after gua sha. I also use it on my 3-year-old son and he's the only one in his class who has escaped flu season. It's has been working for over 2,000 years. What other proof do you need?

  13. @Roseshel1 if that is what you consider scientific evidence, then you dont know evidence (or lack thereof) when you see or hear it. I work in a hospital (in several) and I was actually the only one in my household who didnt get sick. By your reasoning, working in multiple locations with multiple repeated exposures to sick people protects me from getting sick at home.
    Flua and colds are self limiting, when they go away we attribute it to whatever we were doing at the time. wow

  14. @Roseshel1 other proof…tell me a mechanism (other than removal of dead keratinocytes). You damage blood vessels in the dermal layer and then say the redness is some indication of where "work" needs to be done. This is like debating religion…theres dozens of other bogus remedies out there for flus and colds that supporters swear works time and time again…this included. IF it works (and it likely doesnt) it is not supported by scientific evidence yet….at all.

  15. @jns124able Heart surgery works, too in most cases. Tell me — how would you do a double-blind study in a surgical procedure such as this??? It's a shame when people are blinded by their own ignorance just because they don't see "evidence" in some medical research paper. Have you ever seen a double-blind study in heart surgery? No? I wonder why. Wow, is right!

  16. @Roseshel1 You dont do double blind studies on heart surgery. You wonder why? Because you cant blind the surgeon…he/she'd know if the "sham" procedure was being done. Ah heheh no I dont need to see evidence in a medical research paper (although it helps your argument if you DO have evidence via a well designed study that is PEER REVIEWED) You put quotes on "evidence" like its optional for scientific merit…HOWEVER, we know HOW heart surgery works. Its a demonstratable mechanism. yep…wow

  17. @Roseshel1 Youre opinion (in scientific circles) is not to be trusted because you have a vested interest in the practice you are talking about. Before you say I do with medicine…keep in mind that in medicine, we CHANGE practice (start new things, stop others) based on evidence. We dont have vested interests in particular treatments…we only want to do treatments that have support and where safety and benefit outweigh risk/harm. No evidence is simply …speculation/potentially harmful.

  18. @coryu711 I agree this is full of shit! my wife had this fucken stupid painful treatment and it didn'y do shit, no one dam thing! full of crap shit!

  19. @aarmeti I totally agree, fucken witch doctors full of crap! I found a well known doctor of acupuncture who was suppose to be healthy had surgery for gall stones, Lord forgive me if I am wrong or sound rude but this technique is barbaric!

  20. @ameberlee first of all, back spasms and pain are 99 percent of the time not permanent injuries moron. second of all, how the hell is scraping the shit out of his skin supposed to help his back. atleast the pills have proven science behind them rather than nothing like acupuncture.

  21. @Brick4956 I would love to hear your explanation about how reducing inflammation and calming nerves down to reduce pain isnt science. Please, lets hear it.

  22. @puddiah11 i shouldnt have worded my response like that but it really only masks the problem at hand, and pain medication pills usually lead to addication

  23. @Brick4956 ya but atleast it's proven to do that. Acupuncture not only isn't proven to mask the problem, it is also not proven to help fix the problem. There is absolutely no proof that it does anything for the body. And pain meds definitely don't "usually" lead to addiction. That's a very small percentage of people, and most of the addictions were caused because they were misusing the medication, not because of the medication itself.

  24. Great video!
    I use a Asian soup spoon with my clients. Ha ha.  I will pass this my clients so they know what it is. Really it helps with the large and excessive amounts of wind we have been having but many other, muscle aches and sports /injury.  Like The Way of Wellness Massage and Shiatsu. thanks again.
    Good cupping.

  25. Great video. I am trying to show what Gua Sha is to my clients. Great to release wind from neck, back. That feeling you slept wrong. Agitation, concentration issues. Gua Sha Clearing meridians.

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