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Gua Sha: An Ancient Healing Art, with Sarah Adcock
August 20, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Gua sha is a healing technique of traditional East Asian medicine. Sometimes called ‘coining, spooning or scraping’, Gua sha is defined as instrument-assisted unidirectional press-stroking of a lubricated area of the body surface to intentionally create transitory therapeutic petechiae called ‘sha’ representing extravasation of blood in the subcutis.
Raising sha removes blood stagnation considered pathogenic in traditional East Asian medicine. Modern research shows the transitory therapeutic petechiae produce an anti inflammatory and immune protective effect that persists for days following a single Gua sha treatment accounting for the immediate relief that patients feel from pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, wheeze, nausea and vomiting etc, and why Gua sha is effective in acute and chronic internal organ disorders including liver inflammation in hepatitis.
The technique is applicable in any hands on therapeutic practice, and is a profound healing tool for acupuncturists, massage therapists, physical therapists as well as learned physicians or nurses who work directly with patients.
Sarah graduated from Samra University with a Master’s in Chinese Medicine in 2009. She has apprenticed with Dr. Yu Zhang since 2008, learning his skills and amazing healing abilities. Her background is in Herbal Medicine and she is well versed in ancient formulas as well as modern supplements. She loves to practice acupuncture, qi gong, and making facial oils. Sarah currently offers Acupuncture and Micro-current Facials, using your body’s own Qi and mild electricity to lift and tighten the skin and muscles in the neck and face.
Having seen many difficult cases under the supervision of her mentor, Dr. Zhang, Sarah is capable of healing a wide variety of ailments from pain (shoulder, neck, head and back), depression and anxiety, ADHD, Bell’s palsy, allergies, autoimmune and menstruation issues. She can also work with children using magnets and acupressure.