Gua Sha’ in Chinese meaning using a ceramic spoon or a special tool to scrape the skin to produce bruises and forming red spots on the skin which is called ‘sha’.
In Chinese traditional treatment, ‘gua sha’ will release the heat toxin or “ negative energies” from the affected areas and stimulate blood flow smoothly and healing.
Besides the face, you may use the tools on different parts of the body as well. When it’s done correctly the skin will show different tones of redness.
The different colours that appear have different meanings in the Gua Sha technique:
Light red colour means deficiency in the blood; dark red means the condition is acute; black or purple means there is a long-standing condition; brown means there are dryness and a lack of fluids in the body, and dark deep red shows an excess of heat.