Coining

Gua sha (Chinese: 刮痧; pinyin: guā shā), literally “to scrape away fever” in Chinese (more loosely, “to scrape away disease by allowing the disease to escape as sandy-looking objects through the skin”), is an ancient medical treatment.  Sometimes referred to as “spooning” or “coining” by English speakers, it has also been given the descriptive French name, “tribo-effleurage”.  The Vietnamese term for this practice is cạo gió.  This term translates roughly “to scrape wind”, as in Vietnamese culture “catching a cold” or fever is often referred to as trúng gió, “to catch wind”. The origin of this term is the Shang Han Lun, a ~220 CE Chinese Medical text on cold induced disease. (Wikipedia)


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