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Chinese Medicine: Gua Sha

What is Gua Sha?

Although Gua Sha is an ancient healing technique used by Chinese Medicine practitioners for thousands of years, it is relatively unknown in the West. It is recognized throughout Asia as a highly effective treatment for chronic pain conditions, stress, fatigue, and a host of other ailments. First, Gua Sha oil is applied to a specific meridian (energy pathway) on your body. I then use a smooth round-edged object (such as a spoon) to apply short brisk strokes to that area. This creates red patches of skin (called “Sha”), detoxifying your blood and restoring the healthy flow if Qi (energy) to the area. There is no pain involved, and the Sha will fade in 2 to 3 days. But the sense of health and vitality you experience from it will last much longer.

Meet The Staff

Carrie Ducharme

Carrie Ducharme

L.Ac., Dipl. OM (NCCAOM)

Carrie completed her Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine, earning Highest Academic Honors, from the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture in 2013, where she was also the recipient of the Kathy Salisbury Award for Herbal Medicine. She is currently the Herbal Medicinary Manager at PIHMA, where she continues to work with students and prescribe herbal formulas for patients. Her love of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, along with her compassionate nature, has helped her build a diverse, faithful following of individuals who have greatly benefited from her care and expertise. Prior to pursuing her dream of a career in healthcare and wellness, Carrie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of San Diego. She worked in the banking industry for a number of years before choosing to stay home to raise her 3 children. In her free time she loves spending time with family, running, reading, and hiking in our beautiful state.

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