This lectures identifies the ‘complications’ reported in the medical literature for Gua sha (Cao gio, coining, spooning, ‘scraping’). How Gua sha has been situated in Western medical database is specified in detail pointing to ethical problems of medical errors, bias and ignorance on the part of Western authorities. As expected, how Gua sha is situated in the Chinese language database is different with over 600 citations that are discussed in detail in the lecture on Evidence and Effectiveness.
Here we look at the articles that term Gua sha in the negative register of ‘abuse, pseudo-abuse’ and examine the historical context that fostered Gua sha’s primary complication as misdiagnosis by Western authorities and the social and ethical complications that one might expect would ensue.
The actual contraindications and cautions for Gua sha are then specified, based on the author’s almost 40 years of experience of Gua sha use and research. Every practitioner needs to know the specifics and historical context of how this technique is represented in the Western medical literature.
Please Note: Pages 12-14 from Dr. Arya Nielsen's textbook Gua sha, a Traditional Technique for Modern Practice, is required reading for this module and the certification program. The textbook is not included in the purchase price of this course. You are required to obtain a copy of her book. To purchase book click here.
This course is part of the Gua Sha Certification program by Dr. Arya Neilsen comprised of 11 modules.
You can choose to take the full certification program (all 11 modules and hands on training with Dr. Arya Nielsen) and be listed on the www.guasha.com website or you can choose a la carte and take just the modules that interest you and only receive continuing education credits.
If you have taken one or more of the modules below and you want to take all 11 modules and save on the bulk registration please contact Pro D Seminars directly and we can apply the fees you have paid for the individual modules toward the Complete 11 module program. It is cheaper to register for the complete program than to register for all 11 modules individually.
- Module 1 - The Science of Gua sha: Anti inflammation and Immune Protection
- Module 2 - History: acupuncture, bloodletting, Gua sha and cholera
- Module 3 - Terms and Tools for Gua sha
- Module 4 - Safety: Reports, Risks and Guidelines for Gua sha (press-stroking) and Ba guan (cupping)
- Module 5 - Safety & Medical Errors: 'Complications' & Contraindications for Gua sha
- Module 6 - Evidence for Gua sha: a Literature Review
- Module 7 - Colors of flesh, sha and significant Tongue changes
- Module 8 - Psycho spiritual effect of Gua sha
- Module 9 - Indications and Applications: Gua sha
- Module 10 - Results and Recommendations
- Module 11 - Treating Specific Disorders with Gua sha