03. August 2017 · Comments Off on Some Questions Regarding Scraping Or Gua Sha Therapy · Categories: Acupuncture

A revolutionary way of healing, the traditional Chinese healing practice known as Gua Sha or scraping therapy works very well and has been used for thousands of years in China and East Asia.

How does scraping therapy work?

Scraping therapy is mainly utilized to resolve blood stagnation within the body. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), blood stagnation is deemed to be the cause of many forms of illnesses. You can visualize blood stagnation as still water in a stagnant pond. The stagnant pond is full of algae, green moss, gunk and other overgrowths compared to a running stream that has clear and relatively clean water. Our entire circulatory system is quite similar to this. When blood begins to stagnate and/or does not flow properly, it generates an environment conducive to disease.

Why is scraping therapy very useful for blood stagnation?

Scraping therapy can immediately free up any blockages that may have developed in your body due to stagnant blood. It works because it facilitates the flow of body fluid and mimics perspiration that helps wash away toxins and waste from your deep tissues and stabilizes cellular metabolic processes. It also aids in the nourishment and oxidation of the cells by boosting chi (vital energy) and blood flow in the body.

The Benefits

Scraping therapy detoxifies and nourishes the body through its two main functions:

The first function is the stroking action that helps pumps in more oxygen and blood to the site of treatment that increases nourishment to the cells and releases petechiae to the skin surface.

The second function is the red marks on the skin that are signs telling the body to do a cleansing of the treatment area in order to eliminate both toxins and dead cells that have been forced up the surface of the skin during the scraping procedure.

The patient usually experiences positive results such as relief of stiffness, nausea, chest pains, cough, chills, fever, pain, etc., after treatment. After some more sessions of treatment, enough toxins are eliminated that will enable the body to achieve inner balance.

Aside from curing diseases, scraping therapy can also help you lose weight, prevent diseases, and build your body’s immunity and overall health. More blood serum can be produced to boost the immune function though the stimulation of scraping therapy.


Before administering the treatment, the practitioner first daubs the skin with oil. He then begins scraping the skin with a special scraping instrument. The skin is always scraped in the same direction. The procedure continues until the skin has purple and red marks (their location indicates where the sick muscles are located).

There should be no tissue or skin damage from the procedure but you may feel little bit of pain on the tissues where the blockage is located. There should no pain felt on the site of the healthy tissues. Though the red spots on the skin are an unavoidable consequence of the treatment, they are signs that wastes and toxins have come out from the sick tissues. Those marks are different from hemorrhage or bruising and they tend to completely vanish within a week or less due to a better metabolism.

What do the colors of the gua sha marks indicate?

1. Dark Red Sha- Suggests heat in the blood
2. Brown Sha- Blood is probably dry
3. Black or Purple Sha – Indicates chronic blood stasis
4. Bright Red Sha – Fresh penetration
5. Very Light Colored Sha – Deficient blood

You need to keep warm after undergoing gua sha treatment. Do not drink cold fluids and avoid a cold shower, a sudden change in temperature, and the wind. This is necessary in order to make sure the enhanced metabolism of your body and its self-healing process works well. On the day of treatment, avoid a heavy workout but doing some stretching is recommended.

In certain instances, some people may experience tiredness, sickness, or soreness for a few days. As the red marks dissipate later on, they may start to feel the improvement all over their bodies and especially the treatment of their problem.

How long does it take for the petechiae to vanish?

Usually the marks disappear within 3 to 10 days. If the marks still remain after 10 days, this usually means that you suffer from weak blood circulation and your therapist should give you further advice on how to increase the blood flow in your body. Getting scraping therapy usually helps the red marks disappear faster which means the flow of blood in your body is getting better.

Who needs scraping therapy?

Scraping therapy can be useful for people suffering from muscle tension, tenderness, aches, and pain. It can prevent asthma, bronchitis, flu, colds and chronic disorders that involve qi and blood blockage.

Scraping therapy is unparalleled when it comes to the relief of pain. Hence, this treatment is offered to all who are burdened with physical pain (joint, leg, back, shoulder, neck, and head pain) and disorders and dysfunctions such as rheumatism, migraine, nerve pain, sciatica and repetitive stress injury (RSI).

How often should a person get scraping therapy?

To get good results, scraping therapy can be taken one or two times a week for three to four weeks. For maintenance of health, once a month treatment would suffice.

It is important to note that after a session, you need to rest your body in order for it to fully detox. This means for the rest of the day, there should be no strenuous exercises, hard labor, fasting, sex, alcohol, drugs, etc.

After treatment, be sure to also drink lots of warm water and keep your body well-hydrated for the next two days in order for it to expel all the wastes and toxins inside.

Scraping Therapy can be effective against the following conditions:

• Chest pains
• Jaundice
• Excess phlegm
• Profuse perspiration
• Urinary problems
• Sun strokes
• Immobility, pain, stiffness
• Weak flow of blood
• Tendon and muscle injuries
• Headaches
• Gynecological conditions
• Fatigue related to heat stroke
• Fevers
• Food poisoning
• Digestive disorders
• Dyspnea and cough: Emphysema, asthma, bronchitis

Be prepared for a bit of pain from the treatment because it will directly address the triggers or the underlying cause(s) of your problem.

Dr. Hailing Fu is a doctor or Oriental medicine and the founder of Ling’s Acupuncture in Orlando, FL. She has also served as professor and clinic director at the Florida College of Integrative Medicine in Central Florida. College of Integrative Medicine in Central Florida.

03. August 2017 · Comments Off on Shiatsu Massage Can Get Rid of Your Ailments In A Natural Way · Categories: Acupuncture

A qualified physician is the best person to treat most psychological and physical conditions; however, alternative treatments and medicines can also significantly boost the effectiveness of a doctor’s treatment. Nowadays, alternative therapies such as the shiatsu massage are now relied on and well-trusted by a lot of people. Even Hollywood celebrities seek treatment from alternative practitioners, therapists, and doctors to enhance their overall well being.

Many people who go for shiatsu massage are doing so to uplift their spiritual condition and improve their health among other things. So, if you have any psychological or physical complaints, you should consider getting shiatsu massage treatment to help better your condition.

Shiatsu massage may not completely treat problems like headaches, cramps, pulled muscles, nausea, muscle stiffness, stress, or anxiety but it can greatly alleviate these conditions and its effects often last for a long time. It works by applying pressure into certain points to the problematic areas of the body.

Although the name Shiatsu is derived from the Japanese word shiatsuryōhō which literally means finger (shi), pressure (atsu) and treatment (ryōhō), it is a type of Chinese acupressure practice. Some people also call it Zen shiatsu. The balancing energy philosophy behind Eastern medicine is aimed at fusing the spiritual, medical, and philosophical levels of the body.

Zen Shiatsu

People in the West have grown to love Zen shiatsu massage so much so that massage techniques have evolved that combine the philosophy of chi or qi energy that flows along energy vessels in the body called meridians. If qi flow is free and smooth along the meridians, it leads to strong positive energy that fetches wasted energy away along with the body toxins.

But from time to time, this flow becomes blocked or diverted that it throws off the natural balance of qi, which is also referred to as Yin and Yang imbalance. This causes your body to become psychologically and/or physically ill. In order to liberate your body from this negative condition, shiatsu massage can be done to eliminate the factors that block or divert the meridians and restore qi flow to its free and smooth movement.

From the viewpoint of Eastern medicine, indigestion, swollen joints, sleeplessness, depression, headaches, etc, are not seen as a source of discomfort, they are considered signs or symptoms that are the result of either hyperactive or underproductive qi, both of which is a negative condition. Shiatsu massage is seen from an Eastern medicine point of view as an ideal treatment for these conditions.

How Is Shiatsu Administered?

Before the practitioner begins with the massage itself, he needs to first make a diagnosis on you to find or assess where the qi may be blocked and siphoned or where it moves healthily. The practitioner may ask if you’re suffering from certain ailments. After that, he will perform a bit of light massage to determine the location of your stiff or tender pressure points. After your practitioner has come up with a diagnosis, he starts to apply firm pressure through the use of his fingers, feet, thumbs, elbows, palms, knees, or knuckles on the pressure points that run along the 14 meridians of your body.

When you come in for a shiatsu massage it is advisable that you wear loose garments that are thin and comfortable. This will make it easy for the practitioner to perform the massage since it is done with your clothes fully on. During an acupressure session, expect to perform some deep breathing as well as some manipulating, rotating, and stretching of your pressure points. You may also experience a slightly uncomfortable sensation after the therapy but this is normal.

Expect an overall improvement of your wellbeing when you combine shiatsu massage therapy with a healthy lifestyle and diet, and, a good physical workout. Getting regularly massages can make your body strong and resilient to psychological and physical conditions.

DeJongh Acupuncture Clinic
2929 SW 3rd Ave #610
Miami, FL 33129
(305) 677-3214

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