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Friday, June 15, 2012

Facial Gua Sha massage therapy – a new, effective and safe medical cosmetology

Gua Sha is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) massage therapy using a jade board scrape on the body to promote blood circulation and remove toxic heat, blood and lymph. From TCM point of view, our body needs a constant and vigorous movement of energy (”Qi”) to keep us healthy and alive. But if there is a presence of toxins, “Sha” will be formed and caused congestion in the circulation. In Chinese, “Gua” means scrape or rub over the skin, and “Gua Sha” means toxins are being brought to the surface by the rubbing (thus it restores and rebalances “Qi” circulation in the body). If Gua Sha is performed on the body, as an aftermath, blood stasis in the subcutaneous tissue will be raised and brought out by Gua Sha massage shown as petechiae, which shall fade away in 2-5 days. Note that the petechiae is actually the “Sha” that causes the health issues.

Gua Sha massage is simple, scientific, effective and safe, as it has no side effects. It has been practiced for more than 25 centuries by Chinese people and is a precious heritage of TCM. Traditionally, Gua Sha massage can be performed when a patient has pain due to an acute or chronic disorder, or a knotty feeling in the muscles. However, nowadays, since more and more people are seeking effective and safe ways to make them look better and stay younger, facial Gua Sha massage is systematically developed and getting popular in China recently for medical cosmetology. This holistic beauty therapy can balance, restore and rejuvenate the skin condition without leaving any signs of petechiae, and without uses of chemical acids, microdermabrasion, Botox drug injection or painful cosmetic surgery. It not only promotes blood and “Qi” circulation but also accelerates skin cell regeneration, improves skin absorption, and prevents aging. The following effects will be seen immedicately after the facial Gua Sha therapy:
(1) reduced dark circles/eye bags/puffiness;
(2) reduced fine lines/wrinkles;
(3) improved uneven tone;
(4) smoother and radiant skin;
(5) smaller pores;
(6) lightened freakles/dark spots;
(7) lifted and firmer skin;
(8) reduced double chin/refined face shape.
Immediate effects after a single facial Gua Sha massage therapy - Gua Sha was done on half of the face only (left side from your views).
Immediate effects after a single facial Gua Sha massage therapy - Gua Sha was done on half of the face only (left side from your views).
As examples of the immediate effects after a facial Gua Sha treatment (done on the left hand side of the face only) shown in above photos, dramatical differences can be easily detected. In the first picture, the following effects are noticable in the most to least detectable order: (1) reduced dark circles; (2) smoother and radiant skin; (3) improved uneven tone; (4) lifted and firmer skin; (5) smaller pores, and those for the second one are: (1) reduced eye bags/puffiness; (2) reduced pimples; (3) lifted and firmer skin; (4) refined face shape. (5) improved uneven tone; (6) smaller pores. 

The positive effects of facial Gua Sha are astonishing, and the principle behind this naturopathic healing therapy is still the basic TCM theory. Essentially, the facial Gua Sha treatment addresses underlying causes, like digestive problems, emotional stress, hormonal imbalance, which become reflected in the face through puffiness, dark circles around the eyes, dryness or dullness of the skin, sagging skin, drooping eyelids, blemishes, acne, fine and deep wrinkles, pigmentations.
Facial Gua Sha is performed by applying gentle scraping with some unique shaped jade boards and natural oil and cream on specific points, so that it is guaranteed that it is not painful and there is no petechiae or any red spots left on the face.

Written by Cathy Ding, M.Sc., Ac., C.M.D., June 15, 2012.

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