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An illustrated guide to gua sha therapy

  • Eyestrain

     Method 1: Scraping the Eye Area on the Cervical Vertebrae

    1, Have the person straddle a chair and rest the arms on its back.

    2, Rub guasha oil on the third cervical vertebra.

    3, Scrape the area around the third cervical vertebra, then use the two-comer method to scrape the bladder meridian on both sides of the neck at the same level, and finally scrape the gallbladder meridian on both sides of the neck at the same level.

    4, Pay attention to positive reactions with tender spots or nodules, and focus on these areas.

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    The eye area on the cervical vertebra: around the third cervical vertebra in the neck muscles, an area that includes the Governing Vessel, bladder meridian and gallbladder meridian

    Method 2: Scraping Jingming (BL1), Tongziliao (GB 1), Chengqi (ST 1) andYuyao (EX-HN4)

    1, Rub cosmetic lotion on these four acupoints around the eyes, focusing on Yuyao and Chengqi (ST 1) above and below the eyes, respectively. Scrape slowly 5 〜10 dmes with the edge of the guasha tool at an angle less than 15 degrees.

    2, Apply horizontal pressing-kneading slowly 5〜10 times on Tongziliao (GB 1), and vertically press and knead Jingming (BL 1) slowly 5〜10 times.

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    Gua sha Basics

    Among the vertebrae of the spine, the neck corresponds to the head and face, and is transversed by nerves related to the eyes. Scraping this area can regulate the optic nerve to relieve eyestrain. Scraping Jingming (BL 1),Tongziliao (GB 1),Chengqi (ST 1) and Yuyao (EX- HN4) can improve blood circulation in the eyes and unblock the meridians around the eyes to prevent and treat eye diseases and relieve eyestrain.

  • Poor Appetite

     Method 1: Scraping Pishu (BL 20) and Weishu (BL 21)

    Use the surface scraping method on these two points until sha appears or the sweat pores open slightly.

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    Method 2: Scraping the Area Over the Spleen and Stomach

    1, Have the person lie down facing up or on the side and relax the body.

    2, Apply gua sha oil on the area over the spleen and stomach.

    3, Use the long edge of the gua sha tool to scrape slowly from the middle to the sides at an angle less than 15 degrees until sha appears or the sweat pores open slightly.

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    The area over the spleen and stomach is on the left-upper abdomen and left-middle back

    Gua sha Basics

    Poor appetite is a manifestation of a hypo-functioning spleen and stomach. The spleen dominates the transportation and transformation of nutrients. Scraping Pishu (BL 20) can treat diarrhea, malnutrition, poor appetite, vomiting and lassitude, while scraping Weishu (BL 21) treats stomachache, abdominal distension, vomiting, borborygmus, diarrhea and indigestion. Scraping the area over the spleen and stomach can directly improve the function of these organs improve the appetite.

  • Dizziness and Headache

     Dizziness Method: Scraping the Lower Third of the Anterior and Posterior Oblique Vertex-Temple Bands.

    This method does not require gua sha oil. Vigorously scrape the lower third of the anterior and posterior Oblique Vertex-Temple Bands while searching for tender spots. These areas should be focused on until a slight heat sensation is felt on the scalp.

     

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    Headache Method 1: Scraping the Head, Focusing on Tender Spots

    1, Use the surface scraping method on the entire head from the sides, to the vertex and finishing at the occiput with a gua sha tool made of buffalo horn.

    2, Search for positive reactions and focus on these areas until the pain disappears.

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    Headache Method 2: Scraping Relevant Areas on the Head and Cervical Vertebrae

    1, Scrape from the second to sixth cervical vertebrae.

    2, Vigorously scrape the bladder meridian on both sides of the spine with the two-corner scraping method.

    3, Scrape Fengchi (GB 20) on both sides of the neck. Focus on areas that show positive reactions such as pain and nodules.

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    Gua sha Basics

    Positive reactions on the anterior and posterior Oblique Vertex-Temple Bands indicate sensory and motor disturbances. The lower third of these bands corresponds to the head, with reactions indicating problems on the opposite side. Scraping these areas can relieve dizziness and vertigo. Since headache is often caused by qi and blood stagnation in the head, focusing on areas of pain in the head and cervical vertebra can unblock the meridians to relieve head pain.

  • Cold Hands and Feet,Fear of Cold

     

    Method: Scraping the Palms and Soles

    1, Use the surface scraping method on all the holographic zones of the palm until the area feel swarm.

     

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    2, Scrape each finger with the edge of the gua sha tool from root to fingertip until the fingers are hot.

     

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    3, Use the surface scraping method on the holographic zones of the sole and toes until the area feels hot.

     

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    Gua sha Skills

    If the hands or feet are dry, apply cosmetic lotion before scraping to protect the skin. When the palm or sole becomes hot, this means the flow of blood in the area has quickened. According to the principles of holography, frequent scraping of the hands and feet not only accelerates local blood circulation to relieve cold extremities, but also promotes blood circulation in the internal organs to enhance their function.

  • Aching Pain and Heaviness of the Legs

     

    Method: Scraping or Patting the Knee Fossa

    After coating the knee fossa with oil, use the surface scraping or patting method.

    Gua sha Skills

    Make sure the knee joint is relaxed while patting the knee fossa. The patient can be lying on the back or standing while holding the back of a chain The person performing gua sha should use one hand to hold the knee cap. The patting force should increase gradually and the session should be divided into two intervals. Continue patting until no new sha appears. Frequent patting can quickly improve insufficient oxygen, and relieve soreness and heaviness of the legs.

     

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  • Chapter V Guasha for Improving Sub-Health Stales

     

    Under the extreme pressures of modern-day life with its ever faster rhythms, constant fatigue is a state shared by many. Studies have shown that about 70% of people in China 40〜70 years old are in a sub-health state. Gua sha therapy can relieve common symptoms of sub-health, such as poor appetite, eyestrain and fatigue, to improve general health and prevent disease.

  • Gua sha for Women’s Health

    Method 1: Scraping the Back and Waist

    Use surface and two-corner scraping from top to bottom on the areas corresponding to the uterus and ovaries in the lumbosacral region, or an area 3-cun wide on both sides of the lo w back and sacrum . Focus mainly on the acupoints Mingmen (GY 4), Ganshu (BL 18), Danshu (BL 19), Pishu (BL 20), Shenshu (BL 23),Zhishi (BL 52), Guanyuanshu (BL 26),Pangguangshu (BL 28) and BaJiao (BL 31-34).

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    Method 2: Scraping Holographic Zones on the Hands and Feet

    Use the horizontal pressing-kneading method on the holographic zones of the reproductive organs on the soles and heels, and vertical pressing-kneading on the point Taichong (LR 3).

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    Method 3: Scraping the Abdomen

    Use the surface scraping method on the lower abdomen, and area over the uterus and ovaries from top to bottom, focusing on Qihai (CV 6), Guanyuan (CV4), Zhongji (CV 3) and Qugu (CV 2).

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    Gua sha Skills

    Scrape all over the body with the clothes on until the body feels hot to benefit general health. Alternatively, scrape specific points 5 〜1〇 times daily for 1 〜2 weeks or a month using gua sha oil. Focus on positive reactions such as tenderness and nodules to improve the effect Select several points or zones according to the constitution to alternative, using 1~2 each time.

  • Gua sha for Men’s Health

    The testes are the main reproductive organ in men, and are closely associated with the epididymis, seminiferous tubules, prostate gland, seminal vesicles, penis and scrotum. The Yellow Emperor’s Internal Classic described the development of male reproductive function, “A man’s kidney qi flourishes at the age of 16 when he is able to produce sperm and exhibits secondary sex characteristics. At 64, he is old and his kidney qi has declined. His sexual activity has subsided and he has lost the ability to reproduce.” In addition to proper amounts of work and rest, and maintaining psychological health, men can use guasha to supplement kidney essence to benefit sexual health and delaying aging. Guasha can also prevent and improve certain sub­health states, such as back pain, lumbago and lack of energy.

    Method 1: Scraping the Back and Waist

    Use surface and two-corner scraping from top to bottom on the areas corresponding to the reproductive organs in the lumbosacral region, or an area 3-cun wide on both sides of the low back and sacrum. Focus mainly on the acupoints Mingmen (GV 4), Ganshu (BL 18), Danshu (BL 19), Shenshu (BL 23), Guanyuanshu (BL 26), Pangguangshu (BL 28), Baliao (BL 31-34) and Baihuanshu (BL 30).

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    The lumbosacral region in men corresponds to the reproductive organs. For men preparing to create the next generation, frequently scraping this area will benefit their reproductive

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    Method 2: Scraping Acupoints on the Abdomen

    Use the surface scraping method on Qihai (CV 6),Guanyuan (CV 4), Zhongji (CV 3) and Qugu (CV 2) from top to bottom.

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    Method 3: Scraping the Hands and Feet

    Use the horizontal pressing-kneading method on the palms, soles, heels, and holographic zones of the reproductive organs on both sides of the heel.

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  • Keeping the Spleen and Stomach Healthy

    Method 1: Scraping the Back

    Use the surface and two-corner scraping methods on the vertebrae corresponding to the spleen and stomach from top to bottom. Focus on the acupoints Pishu (BL 20), Yishe (BL 49), Weicang (BL 50) and Weishu (BL21). The scraping area is 3 cun wide on both sides of the spine from the tenth thoracic vertebra to the first lumber vertebra. Also, use the horizontal scraping method on the area over the spleen and pancreas on the left back, scraping from the posterior midline to the side of trunk along the ribs.

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    Method 2: Scraping the Chest and Abdomen

    Use the horizontal scraping method on the area over the spleen and pancreas on the left rib-side from the front midline to the side of the trunk along the ribs. Also use the surface scraping method on the area over the stomach from top to bottom, focusing on Zhongwan (CV 12) and Zhangmen (LR 13).

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    Method 3: Scraping Acupoints on the Legs

    Use the surface scraping method on Yinlingquan (SP 9), Zusanli (ST 36),Sanyinjiao (SP 6) and Fenglong (ST 40) from top to bottom along the pathways of the meridians.

    For women who are fond of cold drinks, remember the three acupoints Yinlingquan (SP 9), Zusanli (ST 36) and Sanyinjiao (SP 6). These are important points on the spleen and stomach meridians, and scraping them frequently can regulate the spleen and stomach.

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    Method 4: Scraping Holographic Zone on the Hands and Feet

    Use the surface scraping or horizontal pressing-kneading method on the holographic zone of the spleen, stomach, large intestine and small intestine on the palms and soles.

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  • Keeping the Heart Healthy

     Method 1: Scraping or Patting the Elbow Fossa

    1, Apply guasha oil on the elbow fossa.

    2, Use surface scraping or patting on the elbow fossa. Patting should cover the area from Shaohai (HT 3) to Chize (LU 5). Use the surface scraping method for people who are sensitive to pain.

    3, Scrape or pat the elbow fossa once every 1 〜2 months.

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    Method 2: Scraping Taiyuan (LU 9)

    Frequently use the surface scraping method on Taiyuan (LU 9).

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    Method 3: Scraping Neiguan (PC 6)

    Frequently use surface scraping or horizontal pressing-kneading on Neiguan (PC 6).

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    Method 4: Scraping Danzhong (CV 17)

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    Gua sha Skills

    Frequent gua sha on the areas described above can effectively enhance the self-regulatory functions of the heart to prevent and treat heart diseases. Short scraping sessions on Neiguan (PC 6),Taiyuan (LU 9) and Shanzhong (CV 17) does not require gua sha oil, but oil should be used in longer sessions.

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