Acupuncture

The Forest House Wellness Centre is pleased to welcome Chelsea Gimby, BC Registered Acupuncturist (Rac) available on Wednesdays.

Chelsea Gimby R.AC
Meet Chelsea

Chelsea Gimby is a Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncturist.

Chelsea completed her 4 year Traditional Chinese Medicine Diploma in 2006 from the Canadian Collage of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in Victoria BC.
Her training included a 9 month internship in Xian, China where Chelsea focused on Neurology, Internal Medicine, Twina and Acupuncture.
In China Chelsea witnessed first hand the power of integrating western and eastern medicine.
Chelsea believes that Integrated Medicine is the key to a healthier society.

Chelsea’s main focus is Classical Chinese Medicine, specializing in the treatment of physical, mental and emotional pain, hormonal imbalances, neurological issues and preventative medicine.

Chelsea’s approach is to tailor the treatment to improvement of overall health and well being of the individual, rather than simply treating the presenting illness or symptom.

Chelsea’s scope of practice includes:
Acupuncture and moxabustion, Twina (chinese style massage), Reflexology, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Diet therapy and Qi Gong.

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)? 

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a holistic medical system which combines acupuncture, Chinese herbs, nutrition, massage, and movement exercises (known as Tai Chi or Qi Gong) to bring the body into balance. This ancient system of healing was developed over thousands of years as part of the traditional medicine of China, Japan, and other Eastern countries. The earliest records of acupuncture date back over 3,000 years and today there are over 3 million practitioners worldwide. TCM is based on the principle that our health depends on the balanced functioning of the body’s energy, known as Qi (pronounced Chee). When we are in balance, energy runs harmoniously throughout our body. When illness arises, the flow of energy becomes disturbed or even blocked. This can manifest in a diverse array of symptoms, different for each person. Using very fine needles, acupuncture aims to correct the flow of energy, therefore resolving the symptom. Techniques other than acupuncture may also be used. This can include Tui-Na massage, acupressure, cupping or moxibustion.

Chelsea’s goal is to:

  • Create a greater sense of purpose, wholeness and well-being in your life
  • Restore you to optimal health and well-being
  • Empower you to create positive lifestyle changes for the long-term
  • Provide natural, effective and drug-free healthcare
  • Customize treatments based upon individual patient assessment

What conditions can be treated with Acupuncture and Herbs?

  • Pain (Acute and Chronic)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Digestive disorders
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Weak immunity
  • Infertility
  • PMS
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Addictions
  • Allergies
  • Stress management
  • And much more…

Is acupuncture safe? Does it hurt?

There is no danger or possibility of adverse reactions to acupuncture as long as it is performed by a competent practitioner. At times you may experience aggravation of symptoms during the course of treatment but this is considered normal during the healing process. Chelsea Gimby uses sterile, disposable, single-use needles that are made of surgical steel. These micro-thin needles are comparable thickness to a single strand of hair, and virtually painless on insertion. Most people find acupuncture a very comfortable, relaxing experience and many fall asleep during or after treatment.