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Treatment Of Respiratory Conditions Using Gua Sha Therapy

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One of Chinese medicine’s ancient home remedy for respiratory conditions and other ailments is gua sha therapy. This technique is known as scraping and is starting to find more and more adherents in the West.

As with a lot of alternative therapies, the West has not subjected this therapy to comprehensive scientific studies. The Pain Medicine journal, a few years ago, published the findings of a small study, which showed that when compared to a thermal heating pad, the use of gua sha led to positive short-term results in the treatment of chronic neck pain.

Physical therapists use it to treat foot conditions such as back pain, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and other muscle problems in the leg. The therapy in general isn’t actually pleasant for the patient and can be a bit uncomfortable.

To locate part of the body that feel tight, gua sha therapists, like massage therapists, palpate their patients and when they find areas that require treatment, the therapists rub them with a spoon or another scraping tool until they area turns red. Basically, the therapist is scraping the blockages in their skin.

For tight muscles, obviously, the area to scarpe is where those muscles are located. Scraping for other ailments, however, is determined by traditions that target the various organs associated with certain parts of the body. The patient’s back, after the first treatment, appears as though he had fallen off a high diving board backward down to a pool. The skin looks completely red with welts and scrapes showing, particularly in areas where the patient had complained of tingling that he thought was because of poor circulation and muscle stiffness.

The redness fades after a few days.

In Germany, researchers at the teaching hospital of the University of Duisburg-Essen formulated a randomized clinical trial that some showed patients with chronic mechanical neck pain being given gua sha therapy while a control group was administered with heating pads to the neck.

The researchers concluded that “compared to the control group the severity of the neck pain of the gua sha group significantly improved after one week compared to the control group. Major therapeutic effects were also discovered for pain at motion and the quality of life of the treatment group significantly improved.

They also noted that “in the long-term management of neck pain and other issues, the efficacy of gua sha needs to be clarified.”

Vancouver Acupuncturists believe that gua sha therapy is a potential treatment for mastitis and neck pain although mastitis (engorgement of the breast) affects people especially some breast-feeding mothers. The therapy also elevates temporary therapeutic petechiae or other few hemorrhages from broken blood vessels. It stimulates the body to produce an immune and anti-inflammatory response.

Gua sha is safe and is a surprisingly painless treatment. It triggers the immune response of the body that in turn, can lead to the treatment of infection or can make the antibiotic more effective.

While gua sha therapy is often taught at Chinese medicine schools, no one needs a certification or license to practice the therapy. The way gua sha is done is simple but unscientific. When a person gets sick, the sickness inside his body can’t get out. The strokes of Gua sha therapy allow the sickness to escape.

Written by Valerie

April 3rd, 2018 at 6:37 am