Gua Sha, also known as "scraping," is a traditional Chinese healing technique that has been used for centuries to promote health and well-being. Derived from the Chinese words "gua" (meaning to scrape) and "sha" (referring to the red rash that appears on the skin during the treatment), Gua Sha involves using a smooth-edged tool to scrape the skin gently to stimulate blood flow and promote healing.
The history of Gua Sha dates back thousands of years. It has its origins in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a holistic approach to healthcare that includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, and various manual therapies. The practice of Gua Sha is believed to have started in ancient China, where it was used to treat a wide range of conditions, such as fever, pain, inflammation, and even respiratory issues. Over time, its popularity spread across Asia, and it is now gaining recognition and acceptance in the Western world.