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Gua sha for Anxiety: A Comprehensive Guide



Anxiety disorders are more than just occasional nervousness or fear. They're conditions that persist and can interfere with your daily life. But did you know that Gua sha, an ancient Chinese healing technique, can provide relief for those suffering from anxiety disorders? In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore how Gua sha can help manage anxiety symptoms and improve overall well-being.



Understanding Anxiety Disorders


Anxiety disorders are not the occasional anxiety you might experience about your job, a trip, or your future. These are feelings of fear and anxiety that linger and start to affect your life in a detrimental way. For many people, anxiety, stress, and depression mix freely together to create a perfect storm of ill health.



Gua sha: An Alternative Treatment for Anxiety


Gua sha is a traditional Chinese therapy that involves scraping your skin with a massage tool to improve your circulation. This ancient healing technique offers a unique approach to treating anxiety disorders. It's not just about relieving symptoms; it's about addressing the root cause of the problem.



How Does Gua sha Help with Anxiety?


In my North African clinic, I've seen firsthand how Gua sha can alleviate anxiety symptoms. I've treated many patients who were often medicated to relieve their symptoms but not to alleviate the disorder causing them. They were often the medical clinic cast-offs whose conditions were poorly understood and treated. And amongst these 'tough' cases, many people had an anxiety disorder either as a side-show to some other condition or the main feature which brought them to me.


From the outset, Gua sha has proven to be a great treatment for many people with anxiety. There are certain key areas in which a considerable amount of relief can be felt by people suffering from anxiety. While these aren't fixes for everyone, they have a good statistical chance of having some positive effect on the majority of people with anxiety disorder that passed through my clinic.



Gua Sha Techniques for Anxiety Relief


Here are the places that I recommend to treat with Gua sha for anxiety relief:



Acupuncture, acupressure, traditional chinese medicine areas to treat for


1. Back

  • Zone: The Heart and Diaphragm Back shu zones.

  • Technique: Scrape downwards. Avoid the spine.

  • Location: On the upper back between the shoulder blades at position 1 and 2.

  • Duration: 10-20 strokes or until petechiae or 'sha' appears on the skin.


Acupuncture, acupressure, traditional chinese medicine areas on the back to treat for Anxiety


2. Thigh

  • Zone: The Stomach zone.

  • Technique: Scrape downwards towards the knee.

  • Location: On the front part of the thigh at the quadriceps.

  • Duration: 10-20 strokes or until petechiae or 'sha' appears on the skin


Acupuncture, acupressure, traditional chinese medicine areas on the thighs to treat for Anxiety


3. Hand

  • Zone: Heart and head zones.

  • Technique: Press the heart zone on the palm of the hand and then scrape towards the middle fingertip.

  • Location: On the palm and finger.

  • Duration: 10-20 strokes. No petechiae or 'sha' normally appears on the skin.


Acupuncture, acupressure, traditional chinese medicine areas on the hand to treat for Anxiety


4. Foot

  • Zone: Head and digestion zones.

  • Technique: Scrape downwards at the bottom of each toe and at medial (big toe) side of the sole.

  • Location: On the sole of the feet.

  • Duration: 10-20 strokes. No petechiae or 'sha' normally appears on the skin.


Acupuncture, acupressure, traditional chinese medicine areas on the foot to treat for Anxiety


5. Chest

  • Zone: Heart and head zones.

  • Technique: Scrape down the sternum until the xiphoid process. Start at the middle and then carefully at the sides at the rib attachments.

  • Location: On the manubrium, sternum and xiphoid process.

  • Duration: 10-20 strokes or until petechiae or 'sha' appears on the skin.


Acupuncture, acupressure, traditional chinese medicine areas on the chest to treat for Anxiety


6. Head

  • Zone: Head and chest zones

  • Technique: Use a short back and forth pressure technique at 1 and 2 at the hairline and at 3 which is located at an area called Baihui at the top of the head.

  • Location: On the scalp at the hairline and top of the head.

  • Duration: 10 seconds at each zone and then repeat. No petechiae or 'sha' normally appears on the scalp.

Acupuncture, acupressure, traditional chinese medicine areas on the head to treat for Anxiety


Gua sha for Anxiety: Case Studies and Insights


Over the years, I've seen many patients find relief from their anxiety through Gua sha. These case studies and insights serve as a testament to the potential of this ancient healing technique in treating modern health issues.


Gua sha is more than just a physical treatment; it's a holistic approach to health that can help manage and alleviate anxiety disorders. If you're interested in learning more about Gua sha and its benefits for anxiety, consider picking up a copy of Holographic Gua sha or joining one of my courses.


 

My form of Gua sha (known as EIM or Ecology in Motion™ Gua sha). I will spare you the explanation here but if you are interested in what happens during and after Gua sha, not some regurgitated soundbites from modern TCM or an attempt to stretch it thinly within a modern medicine story, I thoroughly recommend you come to the Komorebi Institute: 🌟 Come to the Komorebi Institute - we have Online Courses and Live Classes

🌟 Listen to my Podcast - There are 22 episodes to choose

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