The Health Benefits of Gua Sha
Aside from reducing inflammation, muscle pain and chronic pain (e.g. fibromyalgia and arthritis), gua sha is also known to provide relief to other conditions:
Migraines and Headaches
One study involving a 72-year-old woman suffering from chronic headaches showed that after 14 days of receiving gua sha, her migraines improved. This outcome indicates that gua sha may be an effective treatment for headaches.
A small group comparative study comprising 48 participants was designed to gauge the effectiveness of gua sha in alleviating neck pain. The group was divided into two subgroups. One subgroup was given gua sha treatments, whilst the other was tasked to use a thermal heating pad for treating neck pain.
A week later, it was revealed that those who had gua sha treatment experienced less neck pain compared with the other subgroup.
Hepatitis B is a type of viral infection that targets the liver, causing liver inflammation, damage and scarring. A case study revealed that a man with a liver inflammation was administered gua sha. The effect was that after 48 hours of treatment, the patient’s liver enzymes decreased, thereby reducing the possibility of liver damage.
Some breastfeeding women experience having breasts overly filled with milk. The breasts become so swollen and painful that even hungry babies find it difficult to latch. Although this is a temporary condition, it can be uncomfortable and painful.
In one study, women who had just given birth were subjected to gua sha therapy starting from their second day after giving birth up until the time they had to leave the hospital. During the follow-up weeks after the birthing date, the researchers found out that fewer of the participant women experienced breast fullness, engorgement and discomfort, thereby making breastfeeding so much easier.
People who suffer from Tourette syndrome exhibit involuntary movements, like vocal outbursts, facial tics and throat clearing. In one case study, a combination of “acupuncture, herbs, Gua-Sha, and lifestyle changes” helped reduce Tourette syndrome symptoms by as much as 70 percent.
As women age and move closer to menopause, they experience specific symptoms like irregular periods, fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, and hot flashes.
One study involving 80 women exhibiting perimenopausal symptoms divided the women up into an intervention group and a control group. The women in the intervention group were subjected to 15-minute weekly gua sha treatments on top of conventional therapy for a period of eight weeks. The women in the control group received conventional therapy within the same period.
After the study, it was revealed that the perimenopausal women in the intervention group experienced a greater reduction of symptoms like hot flashes, insomnia, fatigue, headaches, and anxiety.
A lot of women today swear by the skin rejuvenating effects of gua sha. Some commonly reported skin benefits include brighter skin, reduction in acne and the disappearance of dark circles.