What treatment is it? It is a soft tissue decompression method developed more than 32 years. Using a rubbing tool modality called GUA SHA coupled with BA GUAN modality (aka: empty cups). The term was coined in 1997 by Dr. Wu Bo-Ping.
This combination of Chinese medicine, i.e. Cupping and a painless frictional rubbing through the skin is excellent for managing pain. It has been clinically proven to reduce pain and reduce the need for pain medication. Dr. Richard Freiberg OMD DAc AP LAc has developed the modality and have using it to treat his patients. for more than 30 years.
There is yet a 3rd step to Dr. Freiberg’s treatment approach after the step #1, Ba Gua Fa (cupping and gently scraping the skin over the area of pain). Typically, this treatment reduces pain by 50-100%, if the patient does not feel relief step #2 acupuncture needles are used treat the pain. Last of all, step #3 homeopathy and/or Chinese herbs are used to treat the chronic pain.