Unlocking Your Radiance: The Art and Science of Facial Gua Sha in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Let’s dive into the ancient art of facial Gua Sha through the lens of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). As a Licensed Acupuncturist, I am excited to share with you the remarkable benefits that facial Gua Sha can offer to your overall well-being.

In TCM, we emphasize the importance of the body’s interconnectedness, and one key player in this intricate web is the fascia. Imagine it as a delicate and resilient spiderweb that envelops every muscle, bone, and organ, holding them in place while allowing for movement of fluids and information. Disruptions in the flow of this connective tissue can lead to various health issues, affecting not only our physical but also our mental and emotional well-being.

Facial Gua Sha  is not just a beauty trend; it’s a therapeutic technique deeply rooted in TCM. When applied skillfully, it stimulates the flow of Qi (energy/information) and blood, promoting harmony within the body. This ancient practice involves gently scraping the skin with a smooth-edged tool, such as a jade or rose quartz gua sha tool.

While many are familiar with the idea that facial Gua Sha can enhance lymphatic drainage, its benefits extend far beyond that. Through the gentle manipulation of the skin, we activate the fascia, encouraging it to release tension and toxins. This, in turn, can improve circulation, reduce inflammation, and promote a natural radiance from within. Facial Gua Sha treatments help to promote collagen and elastin production as well as release muscle tension.

Facial Gua Sha is more than a beauty ritual – it’s a holistic approach to health and vitality. By understanding the profound effects on the fascia and the interconnected web of the body and the acupuncture channels, we can appreciate how this ancient practice goes beyond skin-deep benefits. Besides supporting graceful aging, Gua Sha can also help relieve jaw pain, reduce clenching, headaches and promote relaxation! Gua Sha treatment can stand alone as a 30 minute visit or add on a mini session to any acupuncture visit!

I am super excited to be offering a Blendily Gua Sha facial with Ruby Skies Facial Oil. Blendily is a local business who uses all natural ingredients from their own garden or wildcrafted in the PNW to create ‘seed-to-soul’ wellness products. The healing properties of St. John’s Wort flowers are compounded with Sage in Avocado Oil, with a boost of cell stimulation from Wild Carrot Seed infused Pomegranate Oil. The soothing scent is a combination of Blood Orange, Ginger, and Western Red Cedar Essential Oils that work together to stimulate blood circulation, repair, soften, and moisturize the skin. 

Khairul Bhagwandin, LAc, EAMP