Medical Definition of Gua-sha

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Gua-sha: A method in tradition Chinese medicine in which the skin on the back, neck, shoulders, buttocks, and or limbs is lubricated and then pressured and scraped in strokes with a round-edge instrument. Instruments include a ceramic spoon, metal cap with rounded edge, slice of water buffalo horn or jade as is used in Asia. The method produces "sha" which are small red petechiae which fade in 2 to 4 days..

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Reviewed on 10/30/2018

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