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Gua sha: A Traditional Technique for Modern Practice

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‘Sometimes called coining, spooning or scraping, Gua sha is defined as instrument-assisted unidirectional press stroking of a lubricated area of the body surface that intentionally creates ‘transitory therapeutic petechiae’ representing extravasation of blood in the subcutis.’

Gua sha has been used for centuries in Asia, in Asian immigrant communities and by acupuncturists and practitioners of traditional East Asian medicine worldwide. With the expansion of traditional East Asian medicine, Gua sha has been used ...

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Overview

‘Sometimes called coining, spooning or scraping, Gua sha is defined as instrument-assisted unidirectional press stroking of a lubricated area of the body surface that intentionally creates ‘transitory therapeutic petechiae’ representing extravasation of blood in the subcutis.’

Gua sha has been used for centuries in Asia, in Asian immigrant communities and by acupuncturists and practitioners of traditional East Asian medicine worldwide. With the expansion of traditional East Asian medicine, Gua sha has been used over broad geographic areas and by millions of people. It is valuable in the treatment of pain and for functional problems with impaired movement, the prevention and treatment of acute infectious illness, upper respiratory and digestive problems, and many acute or chronic disorders. Research has demonstrated Gua sha radically increases surface microperfusion that stimulates immune and anti-inflammatory responses that persist for days after treatment.

The second edition expands on the history of Gua sha and similar techniques used in early Western Medicine, detailing traditional theory, purpose and application and illuminated by science that focuses its relevance to modern clinical practice as well as scholarly inquiry. This book brings the technique alive for practitioners, with clear discussion of how to do it -including correct technique, appropriate application, individualization of treatment - and when to use it, with over 50 case examples, and superb color photographs and line drawings that demonstrate the technique.

The book contains predominantly black-and-white illustrations, with some color illustrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780702031083
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 1/9/2013
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 174
  • Sales rank: 857,023
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor of East Asian Medicine, Adjunct Faculty and Senior Acupuncture Specialist, Beth Israel Medical Center's Continuum Center for Health and Healing, New York.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements
1 Counteraction: the crisis is the cure 1
2 Path of Qi 17
3 San Jiao 29
4 Gua Sha 43
5 Application of Gua Sha 53
6 Treatment of specific disorders 79
7 Cases 89
Appendix A: List of acupuncture points by number and name 151
Appendix B: Directions for adjunct therapies 155
Appendix C: List of addresses 157
Glossary of Terms 159
References 163
Index 165
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