Raising a Rash: The Magic of Gua Sha
With Guest: Sandy Camper & Kathryn Nemirovsky
- The spirit calming effects of gua sha.
- How to recognize an incomplete gua sha treatment
- Gua sha’s ability to create a local and systemic anti-inflammatory response.
- How gua sha is not just for external invasion and coughs, but also helps with various presentations of blood stagnation, auto-immune conditions, digestive and emotional issues like anxiety.
- Treating acid reflux and other digestive conditions by using gua sha on the back in the area of the diaphragm.
- Watching for tongue and pulse changes, as they can happen rather quickly.
- How different types are sha are indicative of different underlying conditions.
- Safety, sanitation and why you shouldn’t use porous gua sha tools, as they cannot be properly cleaned and disinfected.
- The profound pain relieving effect of gua sha.
- Why the Chinese medicine community needs to own gua sha.
- Follow the sha, let the body guide you.
- The usefulness of gua sha in treating concussions as it not only helps the physical recovery, but the emotion aspects as well.
I never learned anything about gua sha in acupuncture school. I had been practicing for years before a classmate performed gua sha on me for the first time, and I immediately experienced a profound sense of patience! The incredible results I continue to witness in my patients from gua sha treatments have propelled me, along with fellow gua sha enthusiast Kathryn Nemirovsky, to teach other acupuncturists and body workers this amazing technique. With my background as a scientist, I continually geek out on the research that reveals facets of how our medicine affects the physical, emotional and psychological aspects of a person. It’s the instantaneous and palpable shifts in consciousness from treatment that can ch ange a person’s life in a moment that keep me electrified about Chinese Medicine.
Kathryn Nemirovsky, M.S.O.M., L.Ac., Gua Sha Queen
Here is a randomized controlled trial on The Effectiveness of Traditional Chinese “Gua Sha” Therapy in Patients with Chronic Neck Pain.
This study looks at The Effects of Gua sha on Heart Rate Variability in Healthy Male Volunteers under Normal Condition and Weightlifters after Weightlifting Training Sessions.
Research that shows upregulation of the heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) gene expression in response to Gua Sha.The Science of Gua Sha.
Arya Nielsen's website is a treasure trove of information about gua sha.
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