George Monkhouse LicAc MBAcC is a fully insured and licensed acupuncturist, and is a member of the British Acupuncture Council, the largest self regulatory body for acupuncture in the UK.



"The sensitivity and quality of his treatment is second to none and he also gave me the tools to regain control of my emotions. George is an exceptionally talented acupuncturist, an absolute professional and I am so relieved to have discovered him at such a bleak time."
- Sally W.

"I will be grateful forever for your immediate understanding and support you gave me. George is the first reference for my children and me in order to balance our state of health.”
- Betty B.

"I initially consulted with George to regain post-operative full health from bowel cancer. During the period of care George has provided excellent advice, dietary care and acupuncture treatments which has radically reduced the amount of pain and improved my lifestyle."
- Brigid R.

“I have been treated by George for over 4 years now, for all sorts of issues over the years, from insomnia to stomach problems. I also receive acupuncture treatment for general well being from time to time, which helps to keep my energy levels in balance and my body healthy throughout the months. I recommend acupuncture to anyone because you will never know how good you will feel until you try it.”
- Bernard B.

“George is a wonderful practitioner, both in terms of practical skills and his intuitive responses to patient needs. While seeing George for my physical symptom he somehow managed to influence me on a much broader level, consequently I have radically changed my lifestyle and my condition is now vastly improved.”
- Charlie G.

"George from start to finish was a true professional, showing great learning and kindness throughout my treatments. His sessions were powerful and healing".
- Natasha B.

"He is also a very good listener and has offered some wonderful advice and perspectives without ever coming across as telling you what to do. I really can’t recommend him highly enough.”
- Kate A.

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TCM Acupuncture – A Natural Solution for Weight Loss , Acupuncture Treatments for Different Health Problems , Acupuncturist Dulwich

Acupuncture is a system of healthcare that has been around for thousands of years in China and throughout the East. It is a powerful medicine in its own right and a natural complement to other forms of medicine. Robust scientific research backs up what many people have known for years – acupuncture works.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine, sterile, single use needles (a fifth of a millimetre thick) being inserted into specific pressure points around the body in order to restore health, balance and harmony. The greater the state of balance, the better the body can heal itself and remain immune to illness and injury.

dulwich acupunctureYour overall health is diagnosed by your daily health and your health history, your diet and lifestyle. In Chinese medical theory, for balance and well-being, there should be a free flow of blood and qi or chi (pronounced “chee” and meaning breath, energy, vitality) throughout all parts of the body. Health is impaired when blockages and weaknesses develop. Acupuncture works by restoring this free flow, clearing what is stagnant and resolving deficiencies, so the body can look after itself as it has been designed to do.

With health and flexibility within the body, mind and emotions, you can live life naturally and effortlessly, overcoming pain and with emotional balance.

As well as coming for treatment, dietary and lifestyle advice may be offered so that you can benefit from lasting results, to make sure that anything that is sustaining your reason for having acupuncture in the first place can be resolved. As well as acupuncture, George also uses Tui Na medical massage, moxibustion (the heating of herbs to stimulate movement and healing) and cupping therapy (to bring fresh blood into the muscles and release toxicity);

In this way, acupuncture can positively affect your well-being, helping you to balance your body and your lifestyle, and to have greater control over achieving your goals.

George trained in a style that integrates classically-based Five Element Constitutional Acupuncture with western medicine-influenced TCM Acupuncture, which together provide a treatment style that helps you achieve a tremendous sense of well-being.

As well as these two styles of traditional Chinese acupuncture, George also continually develops his interest and skills in medical acupuncture – the style that has recently developed in the West through the medical understanding of physiology we have here – relating to such ideas as the stimulation of nerves within muscles to relieve pain and inflammation.

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The Five Elements – Water : Wood : Fire : Earth : Metal

Five Element Constitutional Acupuncture


The Five Element Cycle

This style of acupuncture treats the individual rather than the symptom. It honours the ancient classical texts of Chinese Medicine, and focuses on treating the primary, fundamental imbalances at a constitutional level.

In many ancient cultures there is the philosophy that the world and ourselves are made up of five key elements – or actually that they are the five processes or movements inherent in nature and within living beings – and treatment is based at this primary level. This means that by refining balance in the person as a whole, many imbalances are resolved together.

Great emphasis is placed on emotional stability and the strength of the patient’s motivations. By treating the whole Being rather than merely the immediate problem, the self-regulation of someone receiving acupuncture is often greatly improved, leaving your body in a condition whereby it can self-regulate effectively.

This style of acupuncture is particularly good for preventative treatment to avoid future ailments – seasonal treatments to help you keep fit as a fiddle and on top of your game. It is also the basis for George’s approach to helping patient’s move through the next transition of life – using acupuncture to move more towards your heartfelt goals.

The Five Elements are phases of energy transition, and can be likened to western science’s energetic phases of kinetic energy (Wood), thermal (Fire), internal (Earth), condensation (Metal) and magnetism/gravity (Water). All of these forces are active in the body, and when they are properly regulated the body works towards harmony as soon as imbalance occurs.

TCM Acupuncture

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This is the most widely taught style of acupuncture today, developed during the People’s Revolution in China to incorporate conventional western scientific approach to medicine, and is much more focussed on specific symptoms. This is especially useful for more acute conditions – for example, musculoskeletal injuries, stiffness and pain, fertility and gynaecological conditions.

Many people often equate the practice of acupuncture with the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This is not entirely true. While acupuncture is the most often practised component of traditional Chinese medicine, it is simply that – a component, an important piece of a much larger puzzle. Traditional Chinese Medicine encompasses several methods designed to help patients achieve and maintain health. Along with acupuncture, TCM incorporates adjunctive techniques such as acupressure and moxibustion; manipulative massage techniques such as tuina and gua sha, and electr0-acupuncture; as well as herbal medicine. George does not practise herbal medicine currently, focusing instead on dietary medicine.

Both styles rely on the understanding of your signs and symptoms to accurately provide suitable treatment. Your symptoms you describe in your own words, your signs are noticed by your acupuncturist:

Pulse Reading

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The ancient diagnostic method of pulse reading

Pulse reading is a fundamental diagnostic tool in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. For George it is the key method of diagnosis.

Chinese medicine uses mainly the radial pulse (at the wrist) to diagnose the health of your internal organs. There are twelve major organs, six being felt at each wrist. Pulse reading requires analysis of width, pressure, strength, rate, depth and qualities of the pulse beat.

From this an acupuncturist can build up an in-depth picture of the internal condition of the body, mind and emotions. All the rhythms of the body can be felt in the pulse.

Pulse reading is also a brilliant way of getting in touch with what is actually going on internally; for when people describe what their symptoms are, if asked the same question twice, we very often answer completely differently. This is due to language’s linear structure, meaning we tend to think of one cause and one effect, when in fact the reality is far more complex. Pulse reading negates this problem, giving the acupuncturist an accurate map of a patient’s internal make-up.

Other forms of diagnosis George may employ are face reading, tongue reading, channel (meridian) palpation, palm and nail reading, posture and gait, breath.


There is nowadays plenty of research into the effectiveness for acupuncture, which you can browse at your convenience.