George Monkhouse LicAc MBAcC is a fully qualified and insured member of the British Acupuncture Council, the leading self-regulatory body for the practice of traditional acupuncture in the UK.

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"Thank you George for your sensitive, respectful, knowledgeable, professional, trustworthy, accountable and affordable acupuncture treatment! I recommend George to everybody looking for an alternative or complementary successful care of any health problem. 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.

"One of the secrets of George's success is his ability to listen carefully to his patient and then provide the best treatment as a result of this analysis."
- Alan C.

"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.

"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 consulted George on various occasions over the last two years receiving acupuncture to help with pain relief for long term osteo-arthritis. Sciatica was treated successfully after only two sessions. Although the pain relief may take a few hours to take effect there is instant relaxation followed by a general feeling of well being that lasts for days. I would and do happily recommend George's services."
- Maggie A.

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Qigong

Health Benefits of Qigong

Qigong

Qigong

Qigong loosely translates as ‘energy’ (qi) ‘cultivation’ (gong).

Similar in some ways to yoga, qigong (also spelt chi kung) is a practice of movement, breath and mindfulness. Qigong has been used for thousands of years as a low-cost, relaxing and universal healthcare exercise. It is widely practised in China and its neighbouring countries, and has found an increasing following in the West in the last 50 years. By mastering your body and your energy, you gain greater control of your life and your destiny. Tai chi is one form of qigong.

chi kung dulwichIn Chinese medicine, with a free flow of blood and energy circulating throughout our bodies we experience an ideal healthy life. This free flow is disturbed by areas that become weak or stagnant with blood and/or energy, as a result of bad habits and injuries, causing illness. Qigong is a practice whereby we move our bodies in a way that ensures that free flow, strengthening deficiencies and moving stagnation.

Daoism, one of China’s three founding philosophies, is based on the theory that everything alternates between yin and yang; between two alternating polarities (as most succinctly evidenced in qigong as the in-breath and out-breath maintaining life), and that we can experience balance and health in our lives when we understand that they are the two parts of the whole. So in relation to the breath, there should always be a smooth cyclical rhythm where there is no discernible difference between the end of the out-breath and the beginning of the in-breath, and so too the end of the in-breath and the beginning of the out-breath. In this way, we mimic the ideal, perfect balance between the alternations of yin and yang - when all parts of the body used in breathing are relaxed and free of tension. When we are relaxed and free of tension, illness gives way to strength and injury can be healed. Mindful, relaxed and rhythmical breathing also massages the internal organs as the diaphragm expands and contracts. (Our breathing becomes shallow, fractured and inhibited because of past experiences when we have resisted the comings and goings in life, and we often retain these impaired breathing habits.) The practice of aligning our breath in this natural rhythm allows liberation of many mental and emotional patterns that limit our potential.

qigongFurthermore, in qigong we extend this practice to make sure we flex and extend muscles, and lead our joints through their full range of movement in the ways they have been designed to do. Fundamental in qigong is the practice of correct standing. As children, like tribesmen, we stood, bent and walked naturally, but most of us lost this natural movement in favour of awkward and stressful postures. To reconnect with how our bodies are supposed to operate is to help ourselves release long-held tension that tires our bodies and minds, and weakens our ability to nurture ourselves and our environment sufficiently.

All of these methods are combined, along with the ‘6 Healing Sounds’ and visualisations to strengthen and heal the mind and body, help the bodymind take care of itself more and more efficiently. Especially when practised daily, we reach a stage where our energy levels are high, our sleep is sound, our mind is always calm and balanced, and our body is strong, resisting illness and healing quickly.

Highly recommended if you are interested in:

  • Boosting your health & vitality through cleansing of the nervous system;
  • Gaining peace of mind by resolving negative emotions such as anxiety, anger and fear;
  • Achieving greater aerobic capacity;
  • Promoting longevity;
  • Weight loss and staying fit – regulating your digestive system and metabolism;
  • Improving your sporting prowess through greater flexibility and mobility;
  • Preventing osteoporosis, heart disease and IBS;
  • Healing internal injuries;
  • Lowering blood pressure and cholesterol;
  • Increasing your strength and stamina;
  • Gaining confidence and self control;
  • Becoming much more grounded and centred;
  • Better focus and concentration.

George teaches Dragon & Tiger Qigong as a complete medical form for patients and the general public.

Here is a brief video from abc News in America about qigong:

There has been ample research on the effects of qigong, with varied success due to the difficulty of attributing effects absolutely to qigongHere is a useful abstract explaining the effects of qigong according to scientific research (courtesy of the Qigong Institute). More research papers can be found at:

http://www.qigonginstitute.org/html/papers.php

http://www.qigongresearchsociety.com/?cat=11

George Monkhouse Acupuncture George Monkhouse is a qigong and Chinese medicine expert in London that offers the most effective acupuncture therapy and meditation classes in London. Contact Details:
Main address: Rye Court, 214 Peckham Rye SE22 0LT London UK,,
Tel:07801 813893, E-mail: [email protected] Website:
George is an wonderful practitioner, both in terms of practical skills and his intuitive responses to patient needs. I have a chronic condition which effect many aspects of my life, but the main negative contributor to this condition is stress. It is thanks to George that I now find myself in a better space – while seeing George for my physical symptom he somehow managed to influence me on a much broader level, consequently I have radically change my lifestyle and my condition is now vastly improved.” CG, potter.
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Date published: 01/01/2014
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