Simple alternative methods to Gua Sha

Are you confused about choosing a satisfying tool for Gua Sha? Which is better: a Gua Sha stone, a wooden board or a horn board for Gua Sha? Or try a ladle or a porcelain bowl like the ancient Chinese did? In fact, you can still do it with your bare hands, of course not in the way of Tui Na, but in the easy way that two fingers can do.

Sha is a generalised Chinese folk name for a number of symptoms caused by external pathogenic factors. These symptoms include: headache, dizziness, blurred vision; nausea, feeling of abdominal distension, sense of incomplete bowel movement; numbness of the hands and feet, tiredness of the whole body, feeling of clumsiness and drowsiness.

External pathogenic factors such as wind, cold, dampness, heat and summer heat invade the body, resulting in the stagnation of Yang Qi. By massaging the skin and muscle, it can promote the running of Yang Qi and help expel the pathogenic factors. The massage of Gua Sha can improve the discomfort brought about by ailments caused by external pathogenic factors.

The massage of Gua Sha involves the use of a tool, but there is actually an easy way to do it without a tool. Because the method is characterised by pulling, it is called Che Sha.

In the manipulation process of Che Sha, the therapist bends his five fingers, with the index and middle fingers in a pincer shape. The second knuckles of the two fingers clamp the skin and muscle of the area to be pulled, and pull it up with force. Then, the two fingers rapidly release the clamped area, and you can hear the sound of the skin sliding and rubbing.

Repeat this tugging in the same area until the skin of the area becomes red or dark red. This method can be used on the face, neck, chest, abdomen, and also on the upper limbs. In addition, there is a folk first aid method of pulling the tongue, which operates similarly.

There is also a method of pinching with the thumb and forefinger, called the method of Qia Sha. This method is mostly used in the area between the two eyebrows, at the acupuncture points Tai Yang, and at the acupuncture point Ren Zhong. When you feel tired at work or study, you may want to try this method.

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