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8 Fantastic Gua sha Scraping Areas for Weight Loss: Enhancing Digestion and Fat Reduction

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

The Gua sha Journal - A Blog About Everything Gua sha by Clive Witham/8 Fantastic Gua sha Scraping Areas for Weight Loss: Enhancing Digestion and Fat Reduction

Gua sha and Losing Weight

You can't healthily lose weight without changing your diet and lifestyle but to help you to do that, here are some Gua sha Scraping areas which can help make your digestion more balanced and better able to digest and process food.

What is Gua sha Scraping?

It's when you use a tool to scrape over your skin in order to make changes in the blood flow through muscle and tissue areas. If targeted to the right area, these changes in blood flow influence how your digestive organs can effectively digest food. The better and more efficiently they do can do this, the more your body can respond to changes in diet and lifestyle and the less it will store fat.

So What Do You Need for Gua sha?

Get yourself a Gua sha tool or a Chinese soup spoon, and lubrication to spread over your skin. You can use massage oil for this. Scrape over the skin in the areas below - you can scrape over a wide area, above and below. Each stroke should be a hand's width and downwards or away from the centreline.

Red Marks

If the tissue under the scraping tool area has impaired blood flow, your skin will show up red dots. This is perfectly normal and they will fade after 3-4 days. If an area shows these marks, it's time to move on to another. Do no more than 30 strokes in any one area.

So these are the areas which will help you. Treat them frequently - at least twice a week - but as I mentioned above, only if the red marks (if there are any) have faded.

Red marks on the back from Gua sha treatment.


1. Bl-23 Shenshu

This area is in your lower back. Feel the top of your hips at your sides and move your hands towards your spine keeping them at that level. These areas are either side of the spine in the thick muscle. Scrape downwards and avoid scraping too close to the spine.

Gua sha technique on the lower back targeting Bl-23 Shenshu acupuncture point for weight loss benefits.


2. Ren-17 Danzhong

Now to the middle of your chest. Scrape here, level with the 4th rib space (you count down) or roughly the level of the nipples on men.

Gua sha scraping on the chest area, specifically focusing on Ren-17 Danzhong acupuncture point for weight management.


3. Ren-12 Zhongwan

Next find the midpoint between your belly button and the end of your sternum bone. That is the area in the midline. Watch out is can be sensitive.

Gua sha treatment on the midline between the belly button and sternum (Ren-12 Zhongwan) and flanking acupuncture points ST-25 Tianshu and Ren-4 Guanyuan for aiding digestion and weight loss.


4. ST-25 Tianshu

These areas can be found at the level of the belly button about 3 finger widths outwards and are on both sides.


5. Ren-4 Guanyuan

You can find this area about midway between your belly button and your perineum bone. Don't scrape with much pressure in this area.

Gua sha application on key acupuncture points Sp-6 Sanyinjiao, ST-36 Zusanli, and ST-40 Fenglong on the legs for promoting balanced digestion and supporting weight loss efforts.


6. ST-36 Zusanli

This area is located about four finger widths below your knee, on the outer side of your leg. It's in the soft area of the leg muscle, not far from your shinbone (tibia).


7. ST-40 Fenglong

This area is about halfway up the outside of the leg in the large muscle area. It is on an imaginary line from the outside corner of your knee cap to your outside ankle.


8. Sp-6 Sanyinjiao

This area is four finger widths up from the inside of the ankle bone in the soft muscle area near the tibia bone.

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