Gillian Chung’s “Bleeding Back” Concerns Fans

An unsettling picture recently shared by Gillian Chung (鍾欣潼) has a lot of her fans concerns, including her fellow Twins bandmate Charlene Choi (蔡卓妍).

Though the 37-year-old is happily married to the hunky doctor Michael Lai (賴弘國), there are still many burdens for her to carry. For years, the Twins singer has been suffering from chronic back pain due to an old injury on her spine. To lessen the pain, Gillian has been seeing a gua sha practitioner to have her bad scraped. She shared a picture of the end result of her most recent session on social media. Gillian’s back was so bruised and red, it didn’t look like it was hers at all.

“Who’s back is this?” wrote Gillian. “It’s too much. It’s like the skin was ripped off.”

The picture had many fans concerned, including Gillian’s bandmate Charlene Choi. “Wah!” Charlene commented. “How did it get this bad?”

Gua sha is a traditional Chinese medical treatment where a practitioner would scrape off the skin on the back. It is commonly used to treat muscle soreness.

According to traditional Chinese doctor Yeung Yan Kim-ling (楊恩劍寧), gua sha is believed to be able to stimulate blood flow, promoting cell repair and healing. “Gua sha itself can be painful, so this treatment could be beneficial for Gillian,” she said. “As for the color of her skin post-treatment,  because Gillian has excess heat, the bruises became darker in color. It may also be because Gillian herself hasn’t received a gua sha treatment in a while. The treatment may have went on for a long time, and the practitioner may have used too much strength when doing the procedure. However, if she felt good during the treatment, it means it worked.”


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  1. Girrrrl, go get acupuncture or go get a sauna. This gua shua is nonsense and is doing more harm than good

    1. @coralie
      yeah, sauna’s probably a good alternative. but of course most chinese people believe the ancient
      traditions are always better no matter what.

      1. @m0m0 yea… my mom still makes me drink bitter herbal tea. im sure almost every traditional Asian kid has drunk those *shudder*, even though they never do anything for me

  2. Nothing to worry about. Gua sha does produce this effect, although hers is a bit on the extreme side. Like the TCM doctor said, maybe the procedure went on too long.

  3. This practice looks so painful and I would think it will be very bad for your skin. Wouldn’t it damage/injure one’s skin? I have a friend who suffered a bad back injury due to a traffic accident. He tried everything and he said the thing that helps him most is swimming.

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