The following remedy is almost free- easy to do and quite effective- it helps to relieve muscle aches, neck and shoulder stiffness/aches, back pain/discomfort.
It is known as guasa- and it is practiced during the olden days, passed down from ancient Chinese practice. My grandaunt, who lived to be over 90 and was relatively healthy despite lived an entire life of poverty and malnutrition (surviving on rice with salted fish and very basic food) constantly did guasa. But unfortunately because she passed away when I was only 9, I did not have the chance to learn various healing arts from her.
But some friends taught me this guasa method- and I want to share it with you because it is very effective- you don’t even need a quasa board- all you need is a porcelain spoon (with no broken or cracked edges, ya) and some oil (even baby oil would do- my grandaunt even used the cooking oil):
If you use the steel spoon, it’s painful- therefore it is not advisable. So use the porcelain spoon (as shown above) with no broken edges (to ensure you do not injure the person).
Disclaimer: Don’t try this if you have diabetes, skin that bruise easily or other skin conditions.
What condition it can help you relieve:
- sleeping problems- either insomnia or constant nightmares that could be attributed to too much of trapped heat in the body
- muscle stiffness and aches, back pain
How to do it:
Apply either massage, baby oil or most type of oil on the area where you wish to do the guasa. Use the spoon and just push down on downward strokes- follow the muscle direction. Note on the picture below- it is downward and sideward (not upward) and along side where the muscles are usually located- neck, shoulder, shoulder blades, along the backbone
Ensure you have oil in the area so that it is less painful. The person who is doing it need not use a lot of strength- because only if there is problem with the area then would all the red spots that you see above appears. And even if not much strength is being used but the person feels a lot of pain, it means there is too much wind and trapped heat in the body.
How heat and wind gets trapped in the body
This condition is very prevalent today because of air-condition. We constantly move between the heat outside right into air con rooms, and other habits such as bathing at night or bathing right after exercise. When we do that, our opened pores, due to certain change of temperature, closes up. That causes heat and wind to be trapped in our body and stays trapped.
Too much of this gives rise to imbalances in our body, which include joint aches like arthritis, and pains and aches here and there. Nightmares or constant active dreams could be due to trapped heat- which cannot be dissapated even though you drink cooling drinks or ice.
Guadsa is relatively inexpensive and quite effective to remove these heat. Some people, instead of using oil, they use salt water- ie put the porcelain spoon in water then stroke on the skin- it is very painful but much effective in removing trapped heat and toxins.
Indications- what the skin effect says about your health:
Red patches indicate trapped heat. But the one you see above, is more serious but the lady in the picture above had suffered from a painful headache- which was immediately relieved with the guadsa. Guadsa around the neck and shoulder blades are very effective to relieve headaches. And after this is done, the person usually sleeps much better.
For the one above, the photo does not capture but this person have some some bluish black colour pimple-like nodules that appear- that indicates the internal health is no good. This person suffered from stiff shoulders, lower back pain, constant nightmares for years. After the guadsa, her sleep improved and she had less nightmares.
Would the bruising on the skin go off?
No worries, after a few days, the bruising would gradually go off and fade. So far, none of the person had complained about any scars. As the circulation improve, the skin condition may also improve.
In the East, we have lots of offer when it comes to ways to relieve pains and aches that are inexpensive and effective. Hopefully as I go along I would be able to compile more of these methods to share with you.