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

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 info@neijingmedicine.com for all registration and payment details. Cost of this seminar is $300 for practitioners and $250 for students.



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

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...


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David White Classical Acupuncture

Professional Acupuncture in the Sydney CBD and Crows Nest

Trial show Acupuncture as effective as conventional drugs - Classical Acupuncture Sydney

Acupuncture Effective in Pain Treatment

A trial in Melbourne's emergency medical departments conducted through partnership with RMIT University (where Dr. White completed his Acupuncture and Neurophysiology research). This sort of research proves promising for Acupuncture to be accepted into emergency care as it is in other parts of the world. Dr. White, for one, has been applying acupuncture at Royal North Shore Hospital and Royal Rehab Centre's spinal injury units for over 8 years with very promising results in the management of paralysis and pain (in conjunction with other rehabilitation therapies).

The mechanisms of Acupuncture's effectiveness in treating pain is very clear from the Chinese medical scientific paradigm. Slowly, but surely, modern research are making positive steps to try and understand it through their medical and scientific system. With more research from both parties integration and development for future clinical methods can occur. 

Read the full article here: http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/acupuncture-as-effective-as-drugs-in-treating-pain-trial-shows-20140329-35qec.html

In Good Health,

David White Classical Acupuncture

Sydney & Crows Nest Acupuncture Services

Addressing Back Pain - Classical Acupuncture Sydney

Back Pain and Acupuncture

Without question one of the most common presentations I see in my practice is back pain. This may be cervical / neck, thoracic / mid or lumbar / lower back pain and can produce greatly varying signs and symptoms. Back pain can be very debilitating, even if mild, causing discomfort at work, during exercise or while sleeping. In general, when addressing back pain with Acupuncture and associated techniques a number of components must be checked:

1. Stability

More often than not a lack of core engagement, overworking of the wrong muscle groups and postural deficiencies lead to back pain and discomfort. This can come from excessive sitting at the computer to excessive weight lifting - it all depends on how long you are doing it for and what position your body is in. Through clinical work with a number of posturologoists, physiotherapists, and osteopaths I have found that corrective exercise (such as stabilisation through various postures and acupuncture to be the best method of addressing these issues. Acupuncture has the distinct advantage of access to the different levels of stabilising of the vertebral column which other techniques simply can't get to. The classical perspective of the tendon / sinew channels in acupuncture give great understanding to fascia and the scaffolding of the body. 

2. Length and Flexibility:

Do you stretch enough? What is enough? And are you over stretching? Flexibility is so important to not only the above stability and postural necessities but to help our entire body understand itself as a connected unit. All too often we seem to address in medicine one thing at a time and rarely do we look for the connecting elements of disease. Not in Chinese medicine and Acupuncture though, it is a medicine of systems, connections and oneness. So when we look at flexibility it is not just a matter of this muscle or that but this pathway. For instance, we have the well known Taiyang tendon pathways which traverses from the the foot all the way to the head and face. It has junctions at places like the Achilles, Sacro-iliac, and scalp where the pathway binds (fascial / soft tissue binding). These places are where we most likely lose flexibility. So a tightness in ones achilles may also be triggering an occipital headache or even ocular migraine. One of the best treatments in this instance is a combination of acupuncture and cupping or scraping (only after correct diagnosis).

3. Strength:

Strength training for back pain is obviously essential but it MUST be at the right time. All too often in my acupuncture clinic I see patients who have been given weight bearing strength exercises too early resulting in further pain. Stability and length must be achieved before strength training can be implemented. Strength will only come after the back pain has diminished and the structures are able to play out their role as a collective unit.

4. Location of Associated Symptoms:

As mentioned above under stability pain in one area of the body will often be related to pain in another area. This is not just exclusive to musculo-skeletal pain. Lower back pain, for instance, may have associated symptoms within the bowels, stagnant syndromes related to the menstruation cycle, and svn respiratory issues such as the inability of the diaphragm to descend. It is vital that these associated symptoms (whether you think there are or not) are discussed with your practitioner. 

5. Time

How long have you had the pain? What other treatments have been started? Has the pain presentation changed since its inception? These and other questions must be asked. Time and origin of pain and whether the intensity of that pain has changed is important not only for treatment but also for prognosis and whether the need for referral is necessary. If chronic, yet not an emergency, pain will shift over time. This will occur because muscle groups will compensate and pain perception will alter. 

The above is a brief overview of what is needed when addressing back pain with Acupuncture. If you are suffering from back pain of any kind address it as soon as possible with the right practitioner. Classical Acupuncture Sydney, with locations in the Sydney CBD and Crows Nest in North Sydney has a great network of practitioners from all different disciplines, ranging from physios to massage therapists and spinal surgeons. If you are suffering from back pain, acute or chronic connect with our clinic via the form below to find out what treatment will suit you best and whether a consultation is needed. If you would like to book a treatment straight away please call (02) 8095 8255.

In Good Health,

David White Classical Acupuncture Sydney

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Sydney CBD Acupuncture Services

Classical Acupuncture is the Sydney CBD's premier Chinese medicine clinic. With over a decade of continued clinical service to the Sydney CBD, David White has seen to many different people and ailments, such as, sporting injuries, pain syndromes, stress and anxiety, sleep disorders, fertility / infertility, gynaecological issues, pregnancy, gastro disorders, and much more. David is also a highly experienced senior lecturer at the Sydney Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine and a doctoral candidate at the University of Technology, Sydney. David has committed over 17 years of continuous study in order to practice Acupuncture and Chinese medicine in a concise, professional, and informed way. His Sydney CBD acupuncture clinic is located in York Street opposite the Grace hotel.

At his Sydney CBD practice David works with a number of highly experienced bodyworkers to ensure that his patients receive the best possible complementary health care available. David also has a very large and respected referral basis within the Sydney CBD including: osteopaths, physiotherapists, chiropractors, doctors (general practitioners and specialists), personal trainers, and other mainstream and complementary health care services located in Sydney's CBD.

For bookings at David White Classical Acupuncture (Sydney CBD) please call or visit:

Sydney Bodywork
Level 1 32 York Street
Sydney, NSW, 2000
Phone: 02 9299 6688