Gua sha: A Useful Chinese Medicine Modality During the Winter Months

Gua Sha, combined with acupuncture, can be used to treat as well as prevent the common gua shacold, flu, bronchitis, asthma, and pain (both acute and chronic). To administer Gua Sha, a light oil is applied to lubricate the skin, then a smooth edged instrument is used to “scrape” the targeted areas. Doing this releases toxins that are stored in the body, bringing them up through the surface of your skin. This can result in the appearance of bruising that goes away within a few days. The severity of the bruising is indicative of the amount of toxins that were released, and the stagnation or “stuck energy” in the muscles and meridians or channels.

Gua Sha stimulates the immune system, detoxifies the body, increases circulation, regulates organ function, normalizes metabolism, relieves stress, removes stagnation and eases pain. I highly recommend receiving a Gua Sha treatment at the first sign of cold symptoms or a sore throat. Early treatment can stop a cold or flu in its tracks, and can also fortify your immune system to help prevent illness in advance of the cold season and year-round.

3 Tips for a Healthy Winter

1. Cover the wind gate

According to TCM, external pathogens enter the body through the wind gate, which is the back of the neck and upper back. Keeping this area covered with a scarf or hood during the colder months can help keep you protected and healthy!

2. Drink hot water with lemon

Drinking hot water with lemon each morning helps detoxify your body every day, which will help keep you healthy. Other benefits include improved digestion and aid in weight loss.

3. Chinese Herbs

Chinese Herbs can help strengthen your immune system. The right blend of Chinese herbs can alleviate symptoms and shorten the duration of a cold.

Nutritional Supplements

We are proud to now offer our patients a complete line of healthy nutritional supplements. These are offered on a dedicated site hosted at NutraMetrix. To visit our site there just click on We have chosen to partner with NutraMetrix because we believe in their quality and they offer a complete range of products.

Below are just some of the products offered:


Yoga Classes Now Offered

Weekly Yoga Class

Carolina Health Innovations is happy to announce that we are now offering weekly yoga classes and instruction. These classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 6-7 PM and other scheduled times. Cost is only $10/session or a package of 8 sessions for only $70.

Yoga has benefits that can enhance anyone’s life.  The value of being relaxed, calm, renewed, coordinated, stronger, more flexible and with diminished tightness and pain cannot be underestimated if we want to live full and happy lives. With regular yoga practice, you can profoundly change your life.

Besides the spiritual well being that Yoga can provide, the different physical postures used in Yoga can help alleviate health problems, help reduce stress and help make the spine moreKaren Lucas Yoga Instructor supple. Yoga can also be used as a complete exercise and physical therapy routine.

Yoga Instruction led by Karen Lucas

CHI’s yoga classes are being led by Karen Lucas. Karen has been a certified Kripalu yoga instructor for 11 years and a student of yoga for over 20 years. Her style of yoga incorporates breath, safe postural alignment, body awareness and mindful movement. There are many styles of yoga, one to suit any person’s needs. In this gentle and therapeutic class designed for bodies with tightness and limitations, you will move safely and naturally. Karen will guide students to discover the healing powers of yoga.

Karen brings experience from years of study with many of the world’s most highly regarded master teachers from various styles of yoga. Expect an inspired, joyful and calming experience that will strengthen and open your body, heart and mind.

To read more about Karen, visit her website