Chinese Cash Coins as a Medical Tool
Old Chinese cash coins
are also used as a medical tool or instrument in a
traditional Chinese medical treatment called gua sha
(刮痧). Gua sha
is a Chinese medical technique that was historically
used to reduce fever in patients suffering from
cholera but is also used in cases of sunstroke,
asthma, bronchitis, headaches, digestive disorders,
Oil is first placed on the skin and then the edge of
an old cash coin is used to scrape the skin along
acupuncture meridians. It is believed that this
medical procedure will help release the disease which
is stagnant under the patient's skin.
The technique leaves some skin bruises but these fade
away in a few days.
Many Chinese believe in gua sha and find it to be an
effective medical treatment.
Nevertheless, there are doubters who claim that
positive results are due to either the medicinal
ingredients of the oil used or simply the patient's
belief (placebo effect) that the procedure will work.