Scrubbing (Gua Sha) and Cupping

Scrubbing (Gua Sha) and Cupping

Scrubbing is one of the therapeutic techniques used in Chinese Medicine treatments. The technique involves repeatedly scrubbing the surface of the skin in certain parts of the body with a tortoiseshell comb. This technique is non-invasive and it effectively brings deep blockages and toxins to the surface of the body to be released.

Scrubbing helps to dredge the meridians, activate the flow of Qi and Blood, invigorate the Qi, remove old blood and toxins stuck at the site of trauma, regulate the internal organs and enhance the body's resistance to disease. It can therefore be used not only to treat local disorders but also various diseases affecting large parts of the body. Scrubbing strengthens the body's constitution and increases the body's immune system.

Scrubbing usually has a very quick effect on painful disorders, such as stiff necks, acute and chronic back pain, shoulder pain, and leg pain. Scrubbing can give a 60-70 % improvement to the painful area almost immediately.

Cupping is similar to scrubbing but is more point specific. This method stimulates the acupuncture points by applying suction through a glass cup. Cupping produces blood congestion at the site, and therefore stimulates the circulation and removes blockages. The cups are left on the body for 10-15 minutes.

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