GUA SHA: A TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUE FOR MODERN PRACTICE (2ND EDITION)
By Arya Nielsen
Gua sha is an indigenous folk technique that stimulates the skin to bring sha rash to the surface, releasing the exterior and resolving Qi and Blood stagnation. The author explains how to apply gua sha in specific disorders, with case studies documenting successful treatment of pain and illness. Clinically valuable to acupuncture as well as bodywork practice, the book is easy to follow with illustrations as well as color and black-and-white photos. The second edition contains a new chapter on immediate and significant Tongue changes as a result of gua sha. There are new case studies, over 30 color photographs, and a thorough literature review from Chinese as well as English medical journal database sources. The discussions on research and biomechanisms have been revised and expanded, and include notations of remarkable results and potential for further applications in e.g. immune response for anti-inflammatory and antiviral therapy and hepatocellular infection. Extensive tables cover various disorders and their treatment both by needle and gua sha.