Gua sha

Gua sha is a natural, alternative therapy that involves scraping the skin with a massage tool to improve circulation, reduce inflammation, and promote healing.

The tool used in Gua sha is a smooth-edged instrument to stimulate microcirculation of the soft tissue, which increases blood flow. This effect, called ‘sha’ , represents the extravasation of blood in the subcutaneous layer of the skin.

This technique can be performed anywhere on the body, but is commonly done on the back, neck and shoulders. It is also a great adjunctive technique for treating a common cold or respiratory condition. Gua sha can produce temporary markings on the skin called petechiae, which naturally dissipate in a few days and are associated with improved blood flow to the area.

The feeling of Gua sha is like a deep massage, and effectively releases muscle tension, tightness and constriction while relieving pain and increasing mobility.

Therapeutic Modalities

There are several Therapeutic Modalities which can be used:


Dr. Jun Huang is a Chinese Medicine specialist, who has developed a discrete but effective clinical practice in Portugal. Dr. Jun was initially drawn to Chinese Medicine after studying Chinese Literature, which started her interest in the great classical texts of this medical tradition, dating back as much as two thousand years. Read more