Gua Sha is administered to the torso, head, and limb as a type of detoxification treatment. But are you aware that Gua Sha can also be performed on your face?

Gua Sha has the same effects as acupuncture with the main difference is that it is performed without the use of invasive needles. Gua Sha procedures are designed to help restore, revitalize, and balance the body’s energy system to eliminate any type of pathogenic element in the body.

For over 2,500 years Gua Sha therapy has been practiced in China and like feng shui and acupuncture, it is known to help generate positive energy, as well having the capacity to resolve aesthetic issues.

What are the Benefits of Gua Sha Facial Therapy?

Gua Sha facial therapy is used to stimulate and warm the aging areas of the face. It is especially useful for energy depleted and weakened patients.

This procedure is an advantageous facial rejuvenation therapy and its benefits include the ability to:

• Produce healthy collagen
• Boost the immune system
• Eliminate wrinkles
• Cure rosacea, acne
• Increase metabolism and stimulate
• Produce radiant complexion
• Firm up sagging of neck and face
• Promote lymphatic drainage from neck and facial areas
• Eliminate dark circles and eye bags
• Reduce discoloration and age spots
• Produce youthful neck and facial contours
• Resolve blood stasis
• Activate Chi (vital energy)

How is Gua Sha Administered?

The scraping process helps remove blood stagnation and release toxins by boosting lymph drainage and chi flow. The toxins are eliminated and the supply of nutrients to the face is thereby increased.

Gua Sha facial therapy encourages skin rejuvenation from the inside out. Along with this method, one can also add firming creams and essential oils composed of juniper, rosemary, thyme, black pepper, ginger or just use olive oils or pure grape-seed to transport healing essences and nutrients directly to the skin. To cover the entire face, just a drop or two will suffice. Add more only if it feels dry.

Gua Sha facial therapy is a holistic type of beauty treatment to rejuvenate, restore, and balance your skin to resolve issues without the need for Botox drug injection, micro-dermabrasion, chemical acids, or painful cosmetic surgery. It is very safe to use and has not side effects whatsoever.

Predetermined holographic meridian points, meridians, and acupoints on the body and face are scraped.

According to the holographic meridian theory of traditional Chinese medicine, the face has direct energy channel (meridian) connections to 9 of the 14 energy channels of the body.

What Tools Are Used in Gua Sha Facial Therapy?

Gua Sha tools made of metal spoon, Chinese or jade soup spoons, or even animal horns are used to gently scrape the areas targeted for treatment. Even a coin or any rounded edged object can also be used for specific purposes.


1. To allow the toxins to seep out of the body, the patient needs to rest for one day at least.

2. Drinking warm water after the procedure and staying hydrated throughout the day is essential to maximize the positive effects of Gua Sha facial therapy.

Important Note

If you fail to follow the abovementioned after treatment steps, it may lead to illness because you did not give enough time to allow adequate amounts of fluid to enter into your body that can help flush out the toxins from your body.

Scott Paglia is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist in Bellingham, WA and provides master level pulse diagnosis, Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture in Whatcom County, WA.