Gua sha stimulates anti-inflammatory and immune response properties and can be a powerful treatment for inflammation, musculoskeletal pain, upper respiratory, and many acute or chronic disorders.
Dr. Park received her Gua Sha Certification and training from the renowned gua sha expert, Arya Nielsen, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor and Acupuncture Program Director, Department of Integrative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NYC.
In addition to thousands of studies done in Asia over the years, there’s been an increase in Western research in the past decade on biomechanism effects of gua sha. Studies have shown that gua sha upregulates HO-1, CO, biliverdin and bilirubin, which are anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and cytoprotective, at multiple internal organ sites immediately after and over a period of days following a gua sha treatment. Other randomized control studies have also shown the anti-inflammatory and therapeutic effects of gua sha on conditions, such as active chronic hepatitis, in which liver inflammation indicates organ breakdown.
Gua Sha is still unknown to many in the West although celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Justin Bieber are proclaimed fans.
At Asiana Wellness, we also offer facial gua sha which is a gentler treatment to tighten the skin, contour the lines, and reduce puffiness that occurs due to fluid retention. One of the main reasons for facial fluid retention is systemic inflammation caused by sugar, gluten, dairy, excess alcohol, allergies, or chronic illnesses. Fluid retention may also be due to excess salt intake or sedentary lifestyle.
Facial gua sha at Asiana Wellness helps to drain the lymphatic fluids, remove toxins, stimulate collagen production, and rejuvenate skin cells for an improved appearance and a healthier glow. Facial gua sha may be combined with facial acupuncture for enhanced therapeutic effect. Dr. Park, who is certified in Cosmetic Acupuncture, has a mastery and love of gua sha that will help you enjoy its full benefits. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Park today.