Texas Medical Board Licensed Acupuncturist

Gua Sha

Gua Sha is another ancient healing technique in Chinese Medicine commonly used by many acupuncturists to complement their treatments.

With Gua Sha, a scraping technique using a special blunt and smooth instrument is applied on the skin to stimulate blood flow to come to the surface and permeate the tissue involved. Before the smooth edge of the instrument is used, the skin is lubricated with an herbal oil.

The Gua Sha therapy is generally applied in areas of the body like back, neck, shoulders, buttock, and limbs. By bringing warmth, blood and oxygen to specific areas Gua Sha releases part of the excess heat and toxins of the body through the surface. The technique is considered to help with symptoms and prevention of flu, asthma, common cold, and acute and chronic pain. It is also applied frequently for respiratory conditions and high fever. Gua Sha is also useful for muscle injuries, and has since been used to help athletes recover from strenuous activity outcomes. Even patients with chronic pain and/or inflammation have benefited by the application of this technique.

Stella Stoufer

Stella is a Licensed Acupuncturist by the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners under the Texas Medical Board. She has a Master Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) and is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) as a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, including acupuncture, Chinese herbal pharmacology and other techniques of Traditional Chinese Medicine such as cupping, moxibustion and gua sha. Stella also participates in the Veterans Administration Community Care Program treating veterans at no cost to them once they are authorized and referred by the VA to her care.

In her journey as a Chinese Medicine practitioner, Stella has helped many people manage their pain, alleviate anxiety and depression, insomnia, digestive issues, Bell palsy, post-op and stroke recovery. Having lived many years overseas, she is able to deeply understand that diversity and multiculturalism is an important pillar for a healthy community. With this in mind, Stella is committed to work with you in your health journey with the respect and understanding of individual differences. Get your health back on track, Stella is Always Happy to Help you Heal!


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