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Chapter I - Exploration of Gua sha

Guasha therapy has a long and rich history, dating back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907). It was first used by doctors to treat disease at this time, and gained wide-spread popularity the Yuan (1271-1368) and Ming dynasties (1368-1644). Gua sha is now widely used for the prevention and treatment of disease, as well as cosmetic skincare.

“Gua” means scraping, but what is “sha”? How does scraping the skin regulate the internal organs, relieve pain, improve people’s looks and help them lose weight? What are the differences between the modern and ancient forms of gua sha therapy? Why has it gone through fundamental changes over the past thousand years?

This chapter will explore the secrets of gua sha therapy.