Positions to Avoid When Shaving to Ensure Health and Safety

Gua Sha is a popular technique used today to treat cold symptoms, headaches, and more. However, it is important to be mindful of the areas to avoid when performing Gua Sha to ensure the safety of your health.


Gua Sha, also known as scraping, is a traditional medical treatment that many people apply and brings effectiveness in treating flu, headache, muscle pain, irregular menstruation, etc. However, if done incorrectly, it can cause harm to health. Let’s find out the positions to avoid when Gua Sha to ensure health safety.

1Positions to avoid when Gua Sha

According to Dr. Huynh Tan Vu, Ph.D., Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine (Branch 3), Gua Sha is applied by many individuals such as those with flu, stomachache, headache, muscle pain, irregular menstruation, recovery after a stroke, etc. Safe positions for Gua Sha will be those with thick muscle layers, including:

  • Both sides of the neck, both shoulders.
  • Along the collarbone.
  • Both sides of the waist, spreading to the ribs.
  • Outer side of the arm, outer side of the leg.

Positions to avoid when Gua Sha

Gua Sha method is relatively safe, but to ensure effectiveness, it is advisable to avoid Gua Sha near the following positions:

  • Eyes, nostrils, ears, groin, lips, tongue.
  • Lower back, abdominal area of pregnant women.
  • Breast area of women.
  • Be careful to avoid the area above the bony surface as it can cause pain.
  • Affected areas on the skin, allergies, boils, ulcers, unhealed wounds, injuries, etc.

2Cases where Gua Sha should absolutely not be performed

Although Gua Sha brings certain benefits to individuals undergoing the treatment, it is important to note that those with the following underlying conditions should absolutely not perform Gua Sha to ensure health safety:

  • Sick people.
  • Patients with kidney disease showing renal failure.
  • Patients with decreased platelet count, liver coma, and diseases with bleeding tendencies.
  • Patients with severe heart disease showing heart failure.
  • Patients with cirrhosis, bloated abdomen, generalized edema.

In addition, doctors note that: “Cautions should be taken with individuals at high risk of stroke (chronic underlying disease: hypertension, obesity, elderly individuals). When experiencing fatigue, fainting, difficulty speaking, weakness on one side of the body… it is necessary to take them to the hospital immediately, rather than wasting time on Gua Sha as it may be a sign of stroke.”

Cases where Gua Sha should absolutely not be performed

Above are the notes on cases where Gua Sha should not be performed to ensure health safety. Hopefully, the above information will be helpful to you!