Updated on May 29th, 2019
You may have noticed a few fancy new beauty tools at retailers and on Instagram. So what is it? It is Gua Sha, an ancient facial therapy. What are the Gua Sha benefits? Well, it provides a gentle stimulating massage for the face, which has therapeutic benefits.
Here are seven amazing facts about Gua Sha you probably don’t know:
1. What Is Gua Sha?
Gua Sha (pronounced ‘gwah-sha’) is the technique of scraping your skin with cardboard-like massage tools to improve your blood circulation. The ancient Chinese believed that Qi (pronounced ‘chee’), the positive energy that flows through our body, helps in sustenance.
2. It Was First Used On The Body
The gua sha technique, which translates to ‘scrape wind,’ was primarily first used on the body to release toxins and relieve pain in tired, sore, or injured muscles.
3. How Is Facial Gua Sha Different?
Using gua sha on your face is not meant to cause bruising. Rather, the scraper is used much less aggressively over the facial curvatures in an attempt to bring new blood to the surface and promote lymphatic drainage.
4. What Are The Benefits Of Gua Sha?
Gua sha may reduce inflammation, so it’s often used to treat ailments that cause chronic pain, such as arthritis and fibromyalgia, as well as those that trigger muscle and joint pain. Gua sha may also relieve symptoms of other conditions.
5. Does Gua Sha Have Side Effects?
As a natural healing remedy, gua sha is safe. It’s not supposed to be painful, but the procedure may change the appearance of your skin. Because it involves rubbing or scraping skin with a massage tool, tiny blood vessels known as capillaries near the surface of your skin can burst. This can result in skin bruising and minor bleeding. Bruising usually disappears within a couple of days.
6. Does It Reduce Symptoms Of Menopause?
Yes, it does. In One study, women who received only 15 minutes of Gua Sha treatment a week for eight weeks reported fewer symptoms like insomnia, fatigue, anxiety, hot flashes than women who used conventional therapies.
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7. How To Pick Your Gua Sha Tool?
Gua Sha tools are prepared using a variety of materials. These include:
- Buffalo horns
- Stainless steel
- Rose quartz