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Gua sha Techniques for Different Body Parts

 

Parts Meridians and main area of points for health-care Holographic Zone Key points Effects
Face clip_image003 clip_image005 1 .Before performing gua sha, apply cosmetic lotion to protect the skin2.Scrape from top to bottom, and from the center to the sides along the fibers of the muscles

3.Scrape slowly at angles less than 15 degrees to avoid expressing sha on the face

4.The horizontal pressing-kneading method is often used on acupoints for health care

1 .Removing spots, reducing wrinkles, contracting pores, moistening the skin, maintaining tender skin2. Indirectly aiding the zang-fu organs
Ear clip_image007 clip_image009 1.    Scrape 4~5 times without gua sha oil2.    Scrape the anterior and posterior surfaces of the ear with the edge of the gua sha tool, using the corner on points in the concha 1 .Lowering blood pressure, relieving gastric spasms2. Improving whole- body health
Head clip_image007[6] clip_image009[6] 1 .Do not use gua sha oil2.For meridians of the head: scrape from anterior-superior to posterior-inferior on the sides of head; from back to front or front to back on the vertex; and from top to bottom on the occiput with strong pressure

3.Scrape until patient feels warmth on the scalp

4.Treat during the day. Scraping before sleep is forbidden, as it will stimulate the nervous system and cause insomnia

1.Promoting blood circulation, relieving brain fatigue, nourishing the brain to enhance intelligence, keeping the brain young, preventing mental weakness and cerebrovascular diseases2. Relieving headache, dizziness, insomnia, and poor memory; strengthening the functions of the zang-fu organs
Neck and shoulder clip_image011 clip_image013 1. Scrape from top to bottom on the neck and from the middle to the sides on the shoulder2.Do    not use excessive force over the spine on the neck in thin people to avoid injuring the spinal column

3.Do    not use gua sha on the necks of patients with spinal cord-type cervical spondylitis

4.Scrape Renying (ST 9) on the sides of the Adam's apple gently and slowly to protect the underlying artery

1 .Preventing and treating cervical spondylitis, stiff neck, diseases of the face and sense organs, frozen shoulder, and neck and shoulder strain; regulating blood pressure2.Scrap the skin of the neck above the throat, thyroid gland, trachea and esophagus to treat sore throat and keep these organs healthy
Back and Waist clip_image014 clip_image016 1 .Scrape from top to bottom in sections about 12?15 cm long, dividing the back into three sections. For weak patients, split the treatment over three days2.Use    supplementing manipulations for short durations on the midline of the back and lumbosacral region along the path of the Governing Vessel where there is little fat or muscle

3. Use    the corners of the gua sha tool on the Jiaji points to locate reactive points

1 .Relieving back pain, low back pain, shoulder pain and leg pain2.Regulating the zang-fu organs, preventing and treating the common cold, cough, fever, heart palpitations, poor appetite, acid regurgitation, stomachache, diarrhea, constipation, chest and rib pain, liver qi stagnation, deficiency of the spleen, stomach and pancreas; dysmenorrhea, breast hyperplasia, and disorders of the endocrine, urinary and reproductive systems
Chest clip_image018 clip_image020 1 .Scrape from the middle to the sides along with ribs. Do not use strong force or scrape quickly on the ribs2. Do not scrape over the nipples

3. Do not use the corners of the gua sha tool to scrape in the intercostal spaces

4.Scrape using small angles, strong pressure and slow speeds over the zang-fu organs

1 .1 m provi ng the functions of heart and lung to prevent and treat heart palpitations, shortness of breath, chest oppression, and insufficient blood- supply to the heart2. Treating hyperplasia of the breasts

3. Treating the common cold, cough, sore throat and fever

Abdomenw clip_image010[4] clip_image012[4] 1 .Scrape from top to bottom. For patients with organ prolapse, scrape from bottom to top
2.    Because    the abdomen is soft and contains many important organs, it should be scraped gently and slowly
3.    Gua sha    should be performed at least 30 minutes after meals
4.    When    using gua sha to lose weight, patients should contract their abdominal muscles during the treatment for a better effect
5.    For    abdominal pain, obtain a definite diagnosis before administering gua sha. Do not perform gua sha on patients with internal bleeding or acute abdominal diseases
1. Regulating gastrointestinal function, promoting gastrointestinal peristalsis, easing urination, opening the bowels, losing weight, reducing abdominal fat, and relieving diarrhea, constipation, abdominal distension and pain2. Treating dysmenorrhea, irregular menstruation, and pelvic inflammation
Limbs clip_image014[6] clip_image016[6] 1. Scrape in segments from top to bottom centered on the acupoints to be treated. If there are varicose veins, scrape more gently and from bottom to top. Do not use gua sha with severe varicosities2. Scrape downward along the curvature of bones around joints. Gua sha is forbidden near swollen or acutely inflamed joints 1. Preventing joint pain, muscle injuries and sprains2. Scraping the meridians on the arms can treat diseases of the heart, lung, small intestine, large intestine, endocrine system and nervous system
Hands and Feet clip_image007[8] clip_image009[8] 3. Use patting manipulation on the elbow and knee fossa. Do not use patting if there are varicose veins in the knee fossa4. Do not use gua sha during the acute stage of tendon and ligament injuries

5. Because the skin on the back of the hand, second metatarsal bone and dorsum of the foot is thin, apply gua sha oil first

3. Scraping the meridians of the legs prevents and treats diseases of liver, gallbladder, spleen, stomach, kidney and bladder of the digestive, urinary and reproductive systems4. Frequent scraping of the hands and feet is good for general health

 

Gua sha Basics

What are proportional cun?

The cun is a special unit of measurement used for locating meridians and acupoints. The width of a persons first thumb joint is 1 cun. Holding the fingers together, the width of the four fingers at the middle joint of the middle finger is 3 cun.

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