a healing technique used for centuries in Asia, in Asian immigrant
communities and by acupuncturists and practitioners of Traditional
Medicine worldwide. It involves palpation and surface ‘press-stroking',
by a round-edged instrument that results in the appearance of small,
red, ‘therapeutic petechiae’ and ecchymosis called 'sha'
that will fade in 2 to 3 days.
Gua sha is effective in treating pain and problems with mobility,
for the prevention and treatment of acute infectious illness, respiratory
and digestive problems, and many acute or chronic disorders. Research
demonstrates that Gua sha stimulates anti inflammatory and
immune protective responses that persist for days after treatment
and explain the effect of Gua sha in inflammatory conditions like
asthma and active chronic hepatitis.
In the second edition Dr. Nielsen reviews the evidence for Gua sha
from both the Chinese and English language database including research
into the science of Gua sha’s therapeutic biomechanism. The
revision expands on the history of Gua sha and similar techniques
used in early Western medicine and details precisely how to apply
Gua Sha ~correct technique, appropriate application, individualization
of treatment, when to use~ in specific disorders with over 50 case
Dr Nielsen has recorded immediate and significant Tongue changes
as a direct result of Gua sha as well as the significance of the
quality and color of sha in over 30 color photographs.
This book brings Gua sha alive for any hands-on therapeutic practice
and will be of interest to care givers who treat disorders involving