Merry Xmas and Happy New Year From CAS!!

We wish all of our patients, friends, and colleagues a wonderful Christmas and New Year break. Classical Acupuncture Sydney will be close from the 23rd of December and reopen on the 9th January 2017. Please feel free to book online. January is already filling up.

As usual if there are any special cases, emergency treatments and so forth Dr. White will be contactable via email:

If you manage to have a break we hope you have safe and relaxing one!

In Good Health,

Classical Acupuncture Sydney

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

USA Acupuncture Seminars 2015 Done!

It was with great pleasure and immense gratitude that I travelled over to the USA this last month to teach as pecks of the Neijing Acupuncture style to my fellow practitioners and students. My first stop was in Kansas City, where acupuncturist Dr. Chris Powell was my host. We had a great time eating magnificent food and doing a full day seminar on the very specialised Renying / Cunkou pulse diagnosis technique of the Neijing. I am looking forward to returning to Kansas City to teach advanced needling techniques and more in 2016.

Following this was my return, after 3 years, to Portland, Oregon. I consider Portland a second home and have many close friends, some family to me, who live and practice there. I presented a 2 day seminar on the core needling chapters of the Neijing to a great group of people - a group that was a mixture of students past, long time practitioners, scholars, and friends. We steadily went through the classical methods one by one and enjoyed some practical time as well. In 2016 I will be kicking off the Neijing clinical program there with the diagnostic weekends - where pulse, complexion, and palpation techniques are taught in depth. It was a very special time for me in Portland this year as I reconnected with my old Neijing ISSCA crew and also was able to stay with my classical brother Dr. Verluys in his amazing home with his incredible family. 

Teaching has been a part of my Chinese medicine life as much as practice has. 2015 is 13th consecutive year of teaching undergraduate acupuncture and the 3rd year since the launch of the Institute of Neijing Research (INR). I look forward to many more years of teaching this incredible art, science, and medicine.

In Good Health...

Dr. White

Dr. White Teaching in Portland, OR.

Dr. White Teaching in Portland, OR.

Kansas City, MO, USA Neijing Classical Acupuncture Seminar

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

On the 20th of September 2015 David White will be presenting a one day introductory seminar on Neijing Classical Acupuncture with a focus on the Renying / Cunkou Pulse Diagnosis. Please see the attached image for more information. All registrations are to be emailed to Dr. Chris Powell at 

Portland Acupuncture Seminars

2015 Neijing Lingshu Classical Acupuncture Seminar

 Neijing Medicine: The 27 Techniques of the Guanzhen

Physiology, Pathology, and Practice

Presented by: David White

September 26 and 27 2015

East West College of Healing Arts: 525 NE Oregon St, PORTLAND, OR, 97232 USA


The Huangdi Neijing 黃帝內經 is a clinical manual, a philosophical guide, and a scientific treatise. Originating in the Han era (206BCE – 220CE) of ancient China the text had immense influence over the formation and growth of all East-Asian medicine over the last two millennia. A classical manual written and contributed by multiple authors, the Neijing offers unique clinical insights, and above all a complete medical system.

This seminar will present chapter 7 of the Huangdi Neijing Lingshu 黃帝內經靈樞, titled Guanzhen 官針 or Manipulation of Needles. It is the guiding chapter of classical Han acupuncture methodology. 27 techniques in total are discussed in this chapter, their mechanics, and subtle hints to the pathophysiology that each technique may be employed for. During this seminar these hints will be expanded upon and cross-referenced with the entire text to give each participant a great comprehension of the why and how of classical acupuncture technique. This format was chosen for those that have both studied elements of the Neijing and for those that have no experience with the text. It introduces, through the 27 techniques, foundations of Neijing Medicine as well as advanced methods for treating serious disease with acupuncture.

Over two days David White will present the clinical approach of Neijing Classical Acupuncture and draw on his years of private practice, clinical and archival research, and over a decade of tuition under the renowned Dr. David Tai in needling methodology. Included in this discussion will be a number of case studies from both Dr. White’s and Dr. Tai’s private practices. Time will also be allocated for demonstration and guided practice of not only needling but diagnostics as well.

Day One: 9.30 – 12.30

·      Introduction to Neijing Medicine, Dr. White’s practice and the lineage of Dr. David Tai.

·      Introduction to the Guanzhen, structure, contents and importance.

·      Categories of techniques, base diagnostics for this seminar.

Day One: 1.30 – 5.00

·      The Nine Techniques for the Nine Pathological Changes

·      Practice.

Day Two: 9.30 – 12.30

·      The Twelve Techniques that Correspond to the Twelve Channels.

·      Practice.

Day Two: 1.30 – 5.00

·      The Five Techniques that Correspond to the Five Zang.

·      Practice

·      Conclusion.

About the Speaker:

David White is a scholar-physician residing in Sydney, Australia. He has studied classical Chinese thought and medicine since a young age under a number of teachers. His passion and focus for the pre-Han and Han era of Chinese medicine stems from an unwavering search for understanding of the clinical origins of acupuncture. David maintains a private practice on Sydney’s North Shore and has been a senior lecturer at the Sydney Institute of Chinese Medicine for over twelve years. He is the director of the Institute of Neijing Research (INR)


Please email for all registration and payment details. Cost of this seminar is $300 for practitioners and $250 for students.


"No Wind, No Waves"

A proverb within my latest "fortune" cookie. 

I took the time to meditate on this one. So simple, it's meaning rather clear, yet seldom practiced. What do I mean by practiced? How often do we really "go with the flow"? Moving forwards or backwards with truly no expectations? In our everyday actions, in our everyday lives, we get stuck - we stagnate - often out of fear and often out of focus. Fear to act in order for a goal to be reached and even more often we become so fixated on a goal, on some end result, we simply can't change gears in fear of losing sight of it. Zen Master Glassman in the book "The Dude and the Zen Master" likened this stagnation to the well known rhyme:

Row, row, row your boat,
gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.

Glassman comments "Imagine that you're rowing down a stream and you're trying to figure out how to do it. Do I first row with the right oar and then with the left, or is it the other way around? What should my shoulder do...?...And while he's hung up with all those questions, the stream is pulling him on and on. So you want to row, row, row your boat - gently. Don't make a whole to-do about it." It's all too common in the modern day, with information overload, with little to no patience, that we want a skill mastered, a goal reached, or a service done in the hear-and-now without being conscious of our own self in the moment.

In order to move from point A to be B there must time, consideration, and patience. The same can be said in conducting business, practicing martial arts, and looking after your health. You want to go from 0 to 10 without understanding the process? Pop a pill and you're done? It's not possible. In fact, anything or anyone telling you otherwise is a facade, a mirage.

"One day, Zhuangzi lectured Huizi hour upon hour about the Dao. Huizi stood up and yelled "Trivial! Inconsequential! Everything you've said is completely useless!
Zhuangzi said "Good, now that you understand uselessness, we can talk about usefulness. For instance, you're really only using this little piece of ground you're standing on, right? But if we cut away the rest of the ground around useful is it?" Zhuang continued... "Therefore: usefulness is built on a foundation of uselessness. If there is no uselessness, then there is no usefulness.""

This is the nature of what is substantial and insubstantial, real or false, yin or yang. In the end one cannot exist without the other. This is process, this is practice, this is how, as Glassman might add, we get to "the other shore". The other shore may be our goal, it may be our happiness, it can be whatever it is we want to change in our lives, our world. Without practice, patience, and consciousness, there can be no wind to create a wave. And if we expect that wind to create the right wave, the right movement and the right direction then in itself this expectation may never be met and we will begin to stagnate once again as we tried to fight what is naturally occurring. 


In Good Health,

David White Classical Acupuncture