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Forsch Komplementmed. 2007 Oct;14(5):297-300. Epub 2007 Oct 25.

[Gua Sha for migraine in inpatient withdrawal therapy of headache due to medication overuse].

[Article in German]

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Abteilung Innere V, Naturheilkunde und Integrative Medizin, Kliniken Essen-Mitte, Universit├Ąt Duisberg-Essen, Am Deimelsberg 34a, Essen, Germany.


Gua Sha is a therapeutic method of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) widely used in Asia, particularly in the treatment of chronic pain. By use of the surface-frictioning technique (called 'Gua') petechiae and a skin rash similar to millet-seed (called 'Sha') are induced. As first observations on the application of that method have been promising, we present the case of a 72-year-old woman. The patient who suffered from chronic headaches, highly profited from Gua Sha during her 14-day inpatient multimodal treatment. This case provides first evidence that Gua Sha is effective in the treatment of headaches. Further research and clinical trials are required to corroborate that evidence.

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