TCM Slimming FAQ

What is Guasha (刮痧)?

Guasha (刮痧), also known as “skin scraping therapy” is a form of treatment used in the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is used based on the cutaneous (十二皮部) theory in the study of Theories of Channels (经络学说). It is executed by “scraping the skin” (specific location) using special apparatus to attain preventive or therapeutic effects.

The effects of Guasha (刮痧) vary from redness of the skin to reddish spots or to bruises formation. Warm heat sensation with slight to moderate pain may be experienced on the treatment area too. The ideal interval between two treatment sessions is 3 to 6 days.

Guasha (刮痧) is not for patients with severe coronary artery diseases, liver and kidney impairment, generalise edema, dermatological disorders, burn injuries, thrombocytopenia and hematological disorders and patients with poor constitutions.

How TCM treatment is able to adjust the constitution of the human body?

Chinese medicine has a long history. Briefly, Chinese medicine investigates the reactive state of man to its surroundings from the angle that the human body is an organic whole and man and its external environment are closely related and grasps the primary contraction and the primary contradictory respect for the body’s reactive state by seeing through the clinical signs to explore the essence of a disease. It takes the corresponding therapeutic means based on the dynamic balance theory so as to get the purpose of curing the disease through regulation to re-establish the dynamic balance of yin-yang harmony. Treatment determination based on syndrome differentiation is the essential principle for Chinese medicine to recognise and treat a disease. It is a special method of research and treatment of disease, and also one of the essential characteristics of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Why is healthy diet important during the course of TCM slimming?

In general, obesity can be very closely related to the “malfunction” of the spleen in the context of traditional Chinese medicine. The spleen, in TCM has a function of transformation and transportation, send up the clear and control blood. The spleen transforms the foodstuff into essence, thus provides a substantial basis for postnatal life activity and production of qi-blood. The spleen is in charge of transforming and transporting water as well.

Therefore, by following a healthy diet regime during the course of treatment and post treatment, it helps to prevent “overloading” the spleen which in turn can cause stagnation resulting in “phlegm 痰湿” formation and rebound, and “phlegm 痰湿” itself is one of the causes of obesity.

How fast can I see the results using TCM slimming?

Results from TCM slimming varies due to many factors. However, it is important to remember that in any form of treatment, following treatment instructions vigilantly will help boost therapeutic results (always discuss issues with therapist) and the utmost crucial factor is to practice good activities and habits of daily living during and post treatment so as to attain a satisfactory and long lasting result.