Research in Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine

Doctor of Philosophy, UTS

Currently David is enrolled at the University of Technology, Sydney as a post graduate student in the faculty of Science, College of Chinese Medicine. His research is the first of its kind in the Chinese Medical field. David's primary research focus is on the Chinese medical paradigm in the Australian context: looking at how practitioners and academics apply the information available to them in the clinic and classroom.

David’s interest in classical medicine and philosophy spawned his questioning of how professionals in Chinese medicine actually approach and apply the enormous knowledge base available to them. As this is cultural anthropology, studying practitioners and academics in Australia, a country with a "young" multi-cultural Chinese medical community should produce some very interesting insights into the medicine.

David has presented his research findings at such conferences as the Australasian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Annual Conference (AACMAC and the Liverpool/Keele ethnography conference in the United Kingdom.

David is currently in his sixth year of part time research. If you would like more information please do not hesitate to email him at:

Personal Scholarship:

David’s personal research revolves around the understanding and clinical application of the Huangdi Neijing 黃 帝 內 經 (“Yellow Emperor's Canon of Internal Medicine), the first complete text in the Chinese Medical tradition. His focus is primarily on the Lingshu Jing 靈樞 逕("Spiritual Pivot") a text dedicated to the art and science of acupuncture and moxabustion (acumoxa).

Part of this private scholarly inquiry led to David’s involvement with the classical Chinese medicine community in Portland OR and the International Society for the Study of Classical Acupuncture (ISSCA) and development of their annual scholar's retreat. This, is turn, has developed into the Institute of Neijing Research (INR) which is now housed at David White’s private practice and teaching rooms at Level 1 / 75 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest in Northern Sydney.

In addition to this, David is an avid scholar of Daoist ideology/philosophy and spends much of his free time studying the classics of Laozi, Zhuangzi and the like.

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