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Denver Gua Sha Clinic

We live in a fast-paced world where people are always busy and looking for ways to take care of their business. However, the emotional and physical toll of living life in the fast lane can be overwhelming. Additionally, things can get more complicated when a debilitating condition threatens to prevent you from doing the things you need to do or the things you love.

However, there is a way you can obtain relief and improve your quality of life. To learn more about our services and how gua sha can help you alleviate your pain, call Yao Chinese Medical Hospital & Clinic today at 303-377-7891.

What is Gua Sha?

Gua Sha also known as “spooning” or “coining” is an ancient Chinese healing method used to treat certain conditions and improve overall health. This technique involves the scraping of the skin using a tool – which can be a smooth object such as a jade stone or a rounded spoon – to improve circulation on the treated area. Specifically, a gua sha technician will perform short or long strokes along the skin to promote microcirculation. Microcirculation refers to blood circulation in the small blood vessels. The primary function of microcirculation is delivering oxygen while regulating blood flow and preventing inflammation.

Generally, the skin scraping process involves the use of oils to make it easier to scrape down the affected area and make the healing process possible. The ancient, yet effective Chinese healing technique is generally performed in the neck area, upper and lower back, arms, legs, and other body parts. In addition to its healing properties, gua sha has also been used in the fashion industry to promote facial conditioning and overall aesthetic look. A skilled, experienced Denver gua sha technician can help you obtain the many benefits this ancient technique has to offer.

Can Gua Sha Help Treat Chronic Pain?

Due to its anti-inflammatory features, gua sha can help alleviate the symptoms of debilitating conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other illnesses affecting the joints. In addition to these conditions, gua sha can also help you treat the following conditions:

Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common types of pain people experience on a daily basis. From weightlifters to teachers, to office and construction workers, virtually everyone experiences some form of back pain. For instance, if your work requires you to sit for many hours, you will likely suffer from mid or lower back pain. Gua sha can help alleviate this discomforting pain by reducing inflammation of the back, promoting better circulation and helping relax tight or strained muscles in the back area.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a serious condition affecting the lives of thousands of people in the United States. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), in 2016, almost 21,000 suffered from acute Hepatitis B throughout the country. This debilitating condition is known for causing liver inflammation. Gua sha can help treat swelling and may be able to reduce liver enzymes. A case study published by Clinica Chimica Acta showed gua sha can help reduce chronic inflammation in Hepatitis B patients.


Migraine headaches are a debilitating condition known for causing chronic pain in the head area. People suffering from this condition generally can’t be exposed to loud noises or bright places due to the increased sensitivity caused by migraine headaches. Gua sha can help reduce the symptoms associated with migraine by reducing inflammation caused by stress and promoting better blood circulation.

Neck Pain

Neck pain can be extremely discomforting and stressful. Neck pain can be caused by many factors including, strains, sprains, a car or slip and fall accidents, and other causes. Neck pain or stiffness can last for days, weeks, or months depending on the specifics circumstances and the extent of the injury causing your pain. Gua Sha can help treat the stiffness and soreness of neck pain. Implementing gua sha to treat your neck can help you improve your neck’s range of motion and reduce your pain faster.

What Are the Side Effects of Gua Sha?

Gua Sha is an alternative method to traditional treatment which commonly includes the use of prescription drugs. This traditional Chinese method is non-invasive, and it’s performed over the dermis or superior skin layer. The most common side effects of gua sha include skin redness, tenderness in the treated area, and skin bruising. All these secondary effects will disappear in a matter of days.

Chinese Medical Hospital & Clinic Serving Denver, Colorado

At Yao Chinese Medical Hospital & Clinic we understand the importance of improving mind and body health. That is why we dedicate ourselves to offering the best Chinese medicine has to provide. If you are looking for an alternative to traditional medical methods, we may be able to help. By implementing the millenary technique of gua sha, we can help you alleviate the symptoms caused by chronic pain. To learn more about how we can help you improve your quality of life, call us today at 303-777-7891.

Hours & Locations

Phone: 307-205-6704

Lander, Wyoming
795 Garfield Avenue
Lander, WY 82520

Hours: M-F 10-6
Starting mid-Jan. 2022

YAO Annex Denver
1705 South Pearl Street, Suite 2A
Denver, CO 80210

Hours: Variable monthly

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