Cupping and Gua Sha
Both modalities are therapeutic techniques used to promote circulation, relieve pain in chronic and acute conditions, and treat the common cold among many other uses. They are believed to draw toxins out of the tissues to be filtered and removed.
A rounded edge of a tool, such as a porcelain spoon, is used in Gua Sha therapy to gently rub the skin to relieve congestion in the area and assist blood and lymph circulation. Cupping uses glass or plastic cups. These cups are positioned on the skin and a vacuum is created. The cups are lightly suctioned to the skin promoting circulation. Cupping and Gua sha can create a bruise-like appearance in the area treated. Although neither method actually breaks the skin, skin may have a red or purple appearance for approximately 2-3 days after treatment.