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

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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Acupuncture North Sydney

Specialist Acupuncture North Sydney

If you are looking for a tranquil place in the heart of the North Shore then David White Classical Acupuncture North Sydney is here for you. Located in a beautiful art deco clinic in Crows Nest, Dr David White offers Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Dietary Consultations, Health Programs, Neigong and Meditation Instruction and other therapies. With over 22 years experience and the most rigorous classical training we can be sure to help you with your health problems. David White Classical Acupuncture North Sydney is only a short bus ride from the city (bus stops at the door), a train ride to either North Sydney station or St. Leonards Station) or we have free parking next to the clinic on Holterman Street. Appointments are available Monday to Saturday strictly through booking by calling (02) 8095 8255, emailing info@classicalacupuncturesydney.com.au, or filling out the form below.

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If you have any questions about Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine and other services in North Sydney then please do not hesitate to contact us. The North Sydney Acupuncture Clinic is located at 1/75 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest, NSW, 2065.  

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David White Classical Acupuncture North Sydney

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