Gua Sha has been used throughout Asia for centuries. Gua means 'to rub' or 'press-stroke'. Sha is the term that describes the blood congestion in surface tissue that accumulates in areas where pain and stiffness may be felt.  Sha is also the term for the little red dots, 'petechiae', that are raised from applying Gua Sha, which disappear in two to three days after treatment.  The pain relief lasts after the redness has completely gone. Gua Sha is commonly used to treat:-

Muscular pain and/or discomfort 

Generally feeling run down and easily picking up cold/flu viruses

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Gua Sha breaks up the stagnation that causes you to feel pain and stiffness. It energises your Qi (energy) and allows for congested blood, metabolic waste and toxins that lie deep within the tissues to be released and promotes normal circulation to the muscles, tissues and organs directly beneath the area being treated. Often the improvement in stiffness, degree of pain and mobility will convince you that it is well worth having.

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A systematic review and network meta-analysis comparing the clinical effectiveness of different treatment strategies for sciatica supports the effectiveness of acupuncture for this condition. A network meta-analysis can provide estimates of relative efficacy between many interventions, even though some have never been compared head-to-head. UK authors identified 122 relevant studies covering 21 treatment strategies for sciatica.

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