Erin Kumpf Acupuncture & Herbs

Gua Sha

The use of a round-edged object to press-stroke lubricated areas of the body to (intentionally) create “sha”. (Sha is essentially petechia or extravasation of blood.) Gua Sha is used in the treatment of respiratory and digestive issues such as coughing, wheezing, vomiting; can help break down scar tissue and increase circulation to alleviate pain; and has been shown to have an effect on liver inflammation (hepatitis.)