What to look for...Classical Acupuncture Sydney

Just a quick note on Classical Acupuncture Sydney's location in North Sydney / Crows Nest. We have undergone some re-branding and will no longer be called "David White Classical Acupuncture". Dr. White is still the principle acupuncture physician, however, as more trained classical acupuncturists will begin to join the clinic we wanted a more encompassing brand.

A few new signs will be displayed at street level and upstairs. 

In Good Health,

Classical Acupuncture Sydney

Meditation and Reduction...

Over the New Year break I was lucky enough to once again travel to the serene highlands of Tasmania for a trek and some quiet time by a beautiful lake. Often in clinic I am asked about meditation, what methods I use, and how to overcome the initial stages of feeling like one can’t simply sit or even be still. When I first started learning meditation methods, I did so through the practice of movement and martial arts. Stillness cultivated through non-stillness. To this day I still practice this way. Walking through the central highlands of Tasmania over tough mountains with a heavy pack, for me, IS the meditation.

After such treks I insure that I have proper down time. This is stillness cultivated through stillness. Sitting and observing still water is one of the essential steps towards innate understanding of self. As I sat looking at the reflections of the water, a fly-fisherman standing statue-like in the water, and watching the subtle changes of the water’s surface I was brought back to some great observations by Laozi and Zhuangzi.

“All things are together in action,
but I look to their non-action.”

 Laozi 16.

 Similarly we must look to action to observe non-action as one is unable to exist without the other. Looking to the stillness of water and the gentle movements of the fly-fisherman, Zhuangzi 15 comes to mind. Levels of self-realistion, enlightenment, being, and understanding are discussed at length. Thompson lists them as such:

 1.     The scholar in the mountain valley who is a sullen social critic.

2.     The scholar in society who devotes himself to teaching and learning.

3.     The scholar in court and councils who serves his sovereign and state.

4.     The scholar of the rivers and seas who withdraws from the world, and idles and fishes.

5.     The scholar who devotes himself to practicing yoga and breathing exercises (neigong).

6.     The sage who transcends yet subsumes the other levels.

Interestingly it is the fisherman who comes closer to understanding Dao and self than those in study or in society due to the proximity to nature and above all water. Withdrawal from society and inward reflection is best achieved essentially where humans are unable to go. In this way one turns their gaze inwards.

By no means is this easy in today’s world. Most places are already occupied, livings need to made, things accumulated, lives need to be lead, right? Well it is true. So how are we supposed to then find such stillness amidst so much chaos? How are we meant to simply be still, meditate, when so much is needed of us? Laozi 48 says:

“Those who seek learning gain every day
those who seek the Way lose every day
they lose and they lose
until they find nothing to do
nothing to do means nothing not done
those who rule the world aren’t busy
those who are busy
can’t rule the world.”

Step by step reducing daily accumulations allows for a clearer mental state and hence stress free environment. Sure we can study, we can have professions, however, we can also do more with less. Less “things”, less foods, alcohol, sex, drugs, rock and roll and of course, through this we gain. We gain time. We gain peace. And we gain self. Above all, enjoy yourself and have fun :)

In Good Health,

David White Classical Acupuncture


Crows Nest Acupuncture for Fertility and Obstetric Care

Chinese medicine has a rich history of treating and managing fertility, pregnancy and postpartum conditions. From it's inception, Acupuncture has been used to help many people with numerous fertility / infertility issues and today is effectively used in conjunction with modern medical interventions such as IVF. Acupuncture for fertility, obstetrics and menopause has become part of many specialists referrals as either an adjunct or alternative approach.

How Can Acupuncture Help?

Acupuncture works to restore the correct movement of fundamental substances in the body. These substances are primarily related to Blood (Xue), Breath (Qi), and other internal fluids. There are numerous reasons as to why such substances may become pathological. People often present with poor circulation, a physical obstruction, stagnation and so forth that may have originated through physical or emotional trauma, stress-syndromes, long term medication use (such as the pill), time, and many other possibilities. At Dr. White's clinic in Crows Nest on Sydney's North Shore he employs one of the oldest systems of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Classical acupuncture differs greatly to modern "traditional" Chinese medicine. Being a more in-depth and highly practical (and complete) system the root cause and clear prognosis can be established. In classical acupuncture of the Neijing, the explanation as to why and how the body may be in a pathological state is often crystal clear and unlike TCM there is no guess work involved.

Through multiple techniques (often involving the insertion of fine needles) classical acupuncture can guide and direct the movement of blood, help to break stagnant blood (which for many presents in the form of irregular ovulation cycles, PCOS, Endometriosis, painful or absent menstruation etc.) and allow the internal environment of the body to improve.

Who do I see?

Dr. David White treats and manages out of his Crows Nest acupuncture studio at Level 1 / 75 Willoughby Road. Dr. White has over 17 years experience in the field of Chinese medicine and is one of Australia's highest educated practitioners both academically and through the study of classical acupuncture under world renowned teachers. He is also a senior-lecturer in Sydney and Director of the Institute of Neijing Research (INR). For further information please email info@classicalacupuncture.com.au and for booking please call (02) 8095 8255 or  BOOK ONLINE HERE https://david-white-classical-acupuncture.cliniko.com/bookings#service.

In Good Health,

David White Classical Acupuncture


Classical Chinese Medicine Education...

Dear friends,

2014 saw the inception of the Institute of Neijing Research (INR), the only Neijing focused post-graduate education institution in the world. My intention for starting the INR was to allow students, practitioners, and other interested a path into classical China, it's culture and medicine. The Huangdi Neijing, in it's current form, consists of 162 specific chapters. It is a clinical manual and medical treatise which encompasses the first complete system of acupuncture and Chinese medicine to date. It spawned such magnificent texts in both herbal medicine and acupuncture (an example of this is the Shanghan Zabinglun). 

In addition, the INR wishes to work in conjunction with other classical institutions to ensure that the future of Chinese medicine around the globe is built and continued to be built on a strong foundation. In it's current form, Chinese medicine is often taught in a diluted form on mass. This is not necessarily a bad thing as it allows graduates of current "TCM" programs to gather information about the many various methodologies in east-asian medicine that is ultimately available to them. 

Furthermore, the INR will also be hosting a number of Pre-Han and Han Dynasty cultural talks. The purpose of these talks is to allow participants to see life through the lens of the Han culture. From early medical texts (pre-Neijing), to cultural and ideological concepts (Daoism, Confucianism, Legalism, Cosmology and Cosmogony etc) these talk are intended for people from all walks of life. In time we hope to have a continuous dialogue through regular seminars and talks on early Doaist thought and how it can help individuals in their day to day routine. In fact, it may be the answer to breaking that routine.

For all information on seminars, events, evening talks, reading groups and much more please head over to www.neijingmedicine.com

In Good Health,

David White
INR Director

Additions to Classical Acupuncture Crows Nest

With Spring well and truly underway, and Summer just around the corner, I thought it appropriate to make a few changes to not only my main clinic but to parts of my general lifestyle. In the classic medical text the Huangdi Neijing Spring and Summer are 6 months of growth and development. It is a time of energetic movement, a time to exercise more, sleep less and build ones strength for the cooler months of Autumn and Winter. What does this have to do with the Crows Nest clinic? Or myself?

With daylight savings in full effect the Crows Nest clinic hours will be further extended on Thursdays and Fridays. Naturally this remains to be strictly by appointment, however, I understand that often normal work hours for many people are also extended. In addition, a new system is up and running for online bookings. You can now book initial, follow-up and herbal consultations / treatments online via this link: ONLINE BOOKINGS. Naturally one can still book via phone and email. In addition to these booking changes discounts will be awarded for both multiple bookings (6 and 12 sessions) and for regular patients who refer to the clinic. Please discuss these possible discounts and awards with myself on your next visit. Furthermore a strict 24 hour cancellation policy will be in effect from the 1st of November. What this means is that unless there is an emergency situation then the full fee will be charged (unless 24 hours notice is given).

In regards to my own changes...I will be ramping up my martial arts studies at VT1MMA where I train in Brazilian Jiujitsu, a beautiful and gentle grappling art. As Spring is about growth it is a great time to engage the correct movement of both body and mind. A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to begin studies under the exception Shakuhachi Grandmaster, Riley Lee. The Shakuhachi is a traditional Japanese Zen meditational flute which requires very specific and challenging breath work. It is in itself and form of deep meditation, breath cultivation, and music appreciation. So do not be surprised if you see new flit yes floating around the Crows Nest acupuncture clinic over the next months. 

In Good Health,

Dr. David White

CT Imaging of Acupuncture Points - Acupuncture Sydney

New Research in Acupuncture Points

A recent study published in Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena has shown a very interesting difference between areas considered "acupuncture points" and areas not considered acupuncture points. This is particularly fascinating as acupuncture points in modern textbooks often have very particular locations and descriptions. In classical texts the point locations are not as specific as today's "textbook acupuncture" presentations. This new imagining leans toward the classic perspective of "area" that may be needled, have activity and so forth rather than overly specific locations. Naturally the size, shape, and exact location of these areas change according to person and to the presenting condition.

You can read the full article here...

http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1230-new-ct-scans-reveal-acupuncture-points

In Good Health....

David White Classical Acupuncture

Professional Acupuncture in the Sydney CBD and Crows Nest