THE ORIGINS OF GUA SHA
We’re proud to share the healing modality of gua sha in service of collective well-being. Gua sha
originated in China during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) and has roots in traditional Chinese
medicine. There is speculation that gua sha may even date back to the Paleolithic Age. It has been
used both as a type of family folk medicine as well as in clinical practice by licensed
acupuncturists and in Chinese-style bodywork.
Gua Sha is one of the most ancient and easily applicable ways of helping
people feel better. For thousands of years, people in China and across many Asian cultures have used
gua sha in the home to reduce fever, relieve muscle tension, boost the immune system, reduce
inflammation, and increase circulation.
“Gua” 刮 translates as “to scrape” “Sha” 痧 translates as “disease, illness,
or sand”. This refers to the small red dots that can appear on the body when firm pressure is
applied and is an indication of disease, stagnation, and heat leaving the body.