Gua Sha, or Spooning, as it is sometimes known is an East Asian folk medicine technique where a Chinese soup spoon, a coin or even a flat rectangle-carved piece of ox or buffalo horn, or a flat piece of stone, is used to stroke along oiled areas of the skin – usually the upper back and shoulders. Gua Sha means “Red sand” and this refers to the red subcutaneous blemishing that occurs after treatment with this method. Similar to cupping marks this “Red Sand” fades within 2-4 days. This relaxing technique is traditionally used in East Asian households for tight muscles, especially tight shoulders and neck, and colds and flus – especially with fever.
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