Gua Sha:

20-30 minutes. If appropriate, gua-sha is included in New Patient Visits and Follow-up visits.

Gua sha is a very old, traditional body treatment where the surface of the skin is scraped (but not broken) using a smooth hand-held tool. Gua-sha releases blockages in the body that may be the cause of painful conditions. As the blockages are released to the skin surface, the skin will turn anywhere from a red to deep purple resembling a bruise. As with cupping, this is not painful and will dissipate in a few days. Gua sha is also used to treat colds and many patients find the treatment to be both stimulating and relaxing at the same time.

Red Bird Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
1 Rio Vista Ave., Oakland, CA 94611
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