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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 2757-2762

Exploring scraping therapy: Contemporary views on an ancient healing – A review


1 New York Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Centre, New York Medical Group, Hong Kong SAR, China
2 Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR, China
3 Australian Chiropractic College, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
4 Chiropraktische Familienpraxis, Lüneburg, Germany

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Dr. Eric Chun Pu Chu
New York Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Centre, 41/F Langham Place Office Tower, 8 Argyle Street, Hong Kong SAR
China
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_360_21

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Gua sha is a traditional healing technique that aims to create petechiae on the skin for a believed therapeutic benefit. Natural healings are mostly based on repeated observations and anecdotal information. Hypothetical model for healing does not always fit the modern understanding. Yet, the mechanisms underlying Gua Sha have not been empirically established. Contemporary scientific research can now explain some events of traditional therapies that were once a mystery. It is assumed that Gua Sha therapy can serve as a mechanical signal to enhance the immune surveillance function of the skin during the natural resolving of the petechiae, through which scraping may result in therapeutic benefits. The current review, without judging the past hypothetical model, attempts to interpret the experience of the ancient healings in terms of contemporary views and concepts.


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