Here you will find information regarding the clinical practice, development, and research of Classical Acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

For all information regarding David White's clinical practice please visit the above website link or call one of the following practice phone numbers or email info@classicalacupuncture.com.au:

Classical Acupuncture Sydney
1/75 Willoughby Rd
Crows Nest, NSW, 2065
(02) 8095 8255

Acupuncture in the Sydney CBD and North Shore

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Personal Training in the CBD

Finding a personal trainer in Sydney can be as daunting as finding a good acupuncturist! There are many people out there who claim to have the right methods and the right techniques for you who may not necessarily have the right experience or skill sets do get the job done.

Daniel Munday, however, is a little different. He is a personal trainer who not only listens but also personalises the right methods for you. In addition Daniel is at the top of his game in regards to new techniques and methods and is a fat loss specialist.

For more information on Daniel please visit his website www.danielmunday.com.au and for his take on experiencing acupuncture please visit http://www.danielmunday.com/is-traditional-chinese-medicine-the-real-deal-or-a-crock/



David White Classical Acupuncture www.classicalacupuncture.com.au

Monday, August 2, 2010

Acupuncture for Back Pain

Since the earliest known medical texts in China (known as the Mawangdui Manuscripts from 168 BCE) Chinese medicine has been addressing the most common clinical presentation: back pain. As acupuncture and moxibustion became the fundamental tools of classical medicine the art and science of managing, treating, and above all preventing, back pain and discomfort has been addressed in every major medical text.

Why? Because acupuncture happens to be one of the most clinically effective non-medical interventions for the treatment of back pain: from lower, upper, to the neck. So how does acupuncture work?

There are a few ways that we can explain its efficacy in practice. From a neuro-physiological viewpoint acupuncture assist in the release of many of bodies natural pain killers (such as endorphins and serotonin) and stimulates healthy nerve sensory and motor function. From a muscular-skeletal viewpoint acupuncture can help with manipulating the various tissues, breaking up adhesions, and allowing muscle and bone to function in harmony. From the classical Chinese viewpoint acupuncture works on regulating the movement of the natural bodily substances through vessels in order to allow for smooth circulation of blood, nervous supply, and qi.

Acupuncture is a directional medicine, which means that the practitioner takes into account the individuals natural rhythms and interaction with the environments around them. The well known vessels (also translated as channels / meridians) of acupuncture practice are like a large water system made up of rivers, streams, and seas. If these happen to have sluggish movement, and obstruction, or a deficiency then pain, weakness etc will result.

Acupuncture aims at regulating the natural movement and direction of theses vessels.

David White Classical Acupuncture www.classicalacupuncture.com.au

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Report on the ISSCA 1st Annual Conference in Portland, OR

It was with great pleasure and honour that i was able to attend the International Society for the Study of Classical Acupuncture (ISSCA) first annual conference in Portland, Oregan as a founding member. Set within the very scenic and very green Pittock Bird Sanctuary in Forest Park we listened to some great talks on classical acupuncture and set the foundation for a very specialised acupuncture society.

ISSCA will focus on building the base knowledge of classical acupuncture around the globe through the development of a peer reviewed journal, online forum, annual conference, seminars and a set curriculum to be designed by Dr. Edward Neal and myself. ISSCA's primary goal is the archeological research of classical acupuncture through the landscape of the Huangdi Neijing. We will focus on quality of material rather than on quantity of members.

Our conferences and courses will be held around the globe and i look forward to hosting one of conferences here in Sydney in the near future.

If you are interested in learning more about the society please visit the developing website www.isscaonline.org.

David White Classical Acupuncture www.classicalacupuncture.com.au

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Is Acupuncture for you?

Most people ask the average acupuncturist about what sort of pain can acupuncture treat and that they have heard it may help in fertility and other related issues. The truth is, however, that acupuncture can be used (in terms of treatment and management) for all types of diseases, disorders, and ailments. It is a complete medical system as much as modern medicine - acupuncture just approaches the body in a different light and hence is a different kind of practice.

It must be emphasised that Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine sustained the health of one of the largest early civilisations for over 2200 years. The ancient texts describe its use for very severe, chronic, and what would be considered emergency disorders. It is only through media exposure that the most people see acupuncture as being only beneficial for pain syndromes and fertility issues.

As more research will benefit the publics perception of acupuncture it should be noted that the majority of the research performed is done so through the lens of the modern medical paradigm. Naturally this is the most accepted approach in our current time, however, it is not the only medical viewpoint. This often causes acupuncture to be delivered in an un-dynamic, two dimensional fashion and hence much of it's efficacy is stripped from the application.

So is Acupuncture for you? The answer is yes - if you have any health issues. However, it must be emphasised, and this is particular in Australia that you must seek a qualified practitioner with decent experience. It is important that your practitioner understands both the dynamic basis and limitations of their medicine, otherwise it could be detrimental to your health. Do your research - find the practitioner that you feel will suit you best. Health and hence medicine is a very personal affair.

David White Classical Acupuncture Sydney www.classicalacupuncture.com.au

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Acupuncture in Sydney: David White, Clinic Principal

Professional Acupuncturist in the Sydney CBD

David White is a fully accredited acupuncture and Chinese medicine physician practicing on Clarence Street in the Sydney CBD. His clinic is located within minutes of Wynyard Station (both bus and train) and Martin Place. Located on the Ground Floor of 123 Clarence Street his practice is both quiet and conveniently located within the heart of the Sydney city.

David has been trained both in formal internships / lineage's in Chinese medicine, at the three most respected institutions in Australia (Sydney Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, RMIT University (Chinese medicine unit), and University of Technology, Sydney (School of Chinese Medicine)). He has also lived and trained in mainland China at the Anhui University and Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Through his experience as a clinician and academic David has been exposed to what works and what doesn't work in health care. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are such diverse medical systems and the possibilities in treatment are endless. This is naturally expected in a system that is over 2200 years old. Through intense clinical training and nearly a decade of private practice David has infused both classical medical methods with modern neuro-anatomical science for a very effective and complex style of Chinese medicine.

In this way David applies his medicine to many different ailments. His blend of ancient Chinese science, modern acupuncture methods, and classical herbology has seen great results for many of his patients. In addition David understands the importance of integration when it comes to your health care often working in close communication with allied and primary health care professionals.

If you would like to book a consultation and treatment with David White in his Sydney CBD acupuncture practice please call (02) 9299 6688. For further details on his clinical practice please view this website or visit wither www.classicalacupuncture.com.au or www.acupunctureclinicsydney.com.au.

David White Classical Acupuncture Sydney www.classicalacupuncture.com.au

Friday, June 18, 2010

Acupuncture Clinic Sydney: Integrative Health Care

Throughout the many years that i have been practicing acupuncture and Chinese medicine in Sydney i have realised the importance of integrative medical modalities. It is very rare that i encounter a patient that is only seeing one health care practitioner. It is often the case that patients are seeing a number of practitioners, from massage therapists, to physiotherapists, chiropractors and medical physicians. This can often cause confusion for the patient as they will frequently be given different, sometimes contradictory, advice from their respective practitioners. 

To solve this issue i am creating a network of practitioners that i work with. These include physiotherapists, massage therapists and body workers, GP's, specialists, chiropractors, and other allied health practitioners. My first step is incorporating these very practices into my own clinic: working along side these practitioners so that each patients may receive well informed, clinically relevant, and evidence based (regardless of the medical paradigm) treatments. As  a step toward this i have created a basic info site for this integrative network: www.acupunctureclinicsydney.com.au will be a base for those interested in receiving treatment from integrative acupuncture clinics in Sydney. Primarily at my city practice and my north shore practice.

As previously mentioned, my Sydney city acupuncture clinic offers treatment and management for many different disorders from pain and sports injuries to migraine headaches and gynaecological disorders (PMS, fertility issues and so on). Here i work together with very experienced body workers, massage specialists, and have developed a network with Sydney based chiropractors, osteopaths, physios, doctors, homeopaths and naturopaths. I also work and refer to other acupuncture practitioners who specialise in particular fields.

My St Leonards acupuncture clinic is much the same, however, my clinic is within a purpose built rehabilitation centre. This is a close group of neuro and orthopaedic rehabilitation specialists who work with each patient for optimum care. This, in turn, also helps reduce costs and time for patients with severe debilitation. This clinic is one of the only centres to have stroke rehab specialists, polio rehab specialists, hydro-therapy, orthotics, and acupuncture under the one roof. For further information please visit http://www.archealth.com.au/team-profiles.

This is a very exciting time for patients who can now receive acupuncture within mixed-modality settings in specialist clinics around Sydney.

David White Classical Acupuncture Sydney www.classicalacupuncture.com.au

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Acupuncture Sydney: Fertility and IVF Support with Acupuncture

As times change so do the people that live in those times. Whether it may be due to mental or physical stress, professional commitments, or a pre-existing condition, infertility (both male and female) being presented by patients in the acupuncture clinic is on the rise. Research and clinical trials have shown acupuncture to be effective in both the treatment of fertility and assisting those who may be undertaking IVF.

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine has been used to treat and assist men and women suffering from fertility and sub-fertility for hundreds of years. In Chinese medicine the physician will access the patient in the same way they would for any other condition, with the exception of paying particular attention to a women's menstrual cycle and a man's sexual function. The causes of infertility from the Chinese medical perspective often revolve around the understanding of movement of blood, qi, and other bodily substances. Most commonly, these substances stagnate in either the organs, interstices, channels / vessels, and other associated structures. Acupuncture, moxibustion, and herbal medicine will aim to move, nourish, and balance these substances and the entire body and mind.

What has become increasingly popular of late is the use of specific, research (clinical trials) informed, protocols for the treatment of fertility and for IVF support. Clinically, however, these protocol based treatments are often not effective simply because patients, and the conditions they present with, are different. This is where acupuncture really shines as a clinical practice: individualised treatment for every patient. Clinical trials are based and very effective within the modern medical system and all to often do not translate well into Chinese medicine, which views the body from a different medical paradigm.

David consults and treats dozens of people a week who suffer from fertility issues and has great success in it's management and treatment. Additionally, David understands that people who seek acupuncture practitioners will also be seeing other practitioners and specialists. It is vital to the treatment process that each medical intervention can work together for the greatest benefit of the patient. Often David will consult with his patients gynaecologists, GP's, and other health professionals.

David's city practice (123 Clarence Street, Sydney, (02) 9299 6688) is located just around the corner from the Sydney IVF clinic in Kent street. David's North Sydney practice (3 / 41 Herbert Street, St. Leonards (02) 9906 7777) is located opposite the Royal North Shore Hospital.

For more information please visit www.classicalacupuncture.com.au or contact one of the above clinics for an appointment.

David White Classical Acupuncture Sydney www.classicalacupuncture.com.au

Friday, June 11, 2010

Sydney Acupuncture Therapy: Pain Relief

In my Sydney CBD clinic the majority of patients i see present with pain, both acute and chronic. Pain is undoubtedly the most common debilitating disorder seen in medical practices today. Whether acute, such as a neck sprain, shoulder stiffness, or the acute onset of a chronic condition, such as migraine or pre-menstrual signs and symptoms.

Acupuncture has been used as a therapeutic intervention for pain syndromes since it's inception over two millennia ago. Acupuncture is part of a medical system that views the human body as being a reflection of the natural environment around it. Many of the early texts discuss how the fundamental substances of our bodies are no different to water that runs trough streams, rivers, and seas. In the same way that water may dam up and become obstructed blood and the forces that move it can become obstructed in our body, resulting in pain. Acupuncture aims at removing these obstructions, promoting circulation and relieving pain.

Many modern studies having concluded that acupuncture is effective for pain relief, however, where these studies fail is that they rarely take the patients individual constitution into account. This is one of the strengths of acupuncture therapy - it's ability to diagnose and manage each person as an individual. No two treatments will ever be exactly the same.

To learn more about acupuncture or to experience acupuncture for yourself please call David White's clinic receptions: City (02) 9299 6688 or St. Leonards (02) 9906 7777.

David White Classical Acupuncture www.classicalacupuncture.com.au

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Acupuncture Sydney: Intensive Stroke Recovery Program

It is with great pleasure that the Advance Rehab Centre in St. Leonards, Sydney in conjunction with the Stroke Recovery Association NSW (http://www.strokensw.org.au/) has launched it's Intensive Stroke Rehabilitation Program. This program offers three streams with core services delivered by neurological trained specialists in physiotherapy and ancillary care provided for acupuncture, neuromuscular orthotics, speech pathology, psychology, and podiatry. For more information please visit http://www.archealth.com.au/post/104915-stroke-program-launches

David White will be providing specialist treatments for stroke rehabilitation with acupuncture at his St. Leonards practice within the Advance Rehab Centre. David has extensive experience in the treatment and management of stroke and has been consulting patients who have suffered from a stroke with acupuncture in the Sydney CBD and north shore for over 8 years. He has also trained specifically in stroke and neurological recovery / rehabilitation under the tuition of Dr. David Tai and at the Anhui University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in mainland China.

For more information on David White's clinical practice please visit www.classicalacupuncture.com.au or navigate through this webpage.

David White Classical Acupuncture Sydney www.classicalacupuncture.com.au

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Acupuncture in Sydney: Pain Management with Chinese Medicine

If one were to look back to the earliest texts within the Chinese medical tradition they would see that many of the methods used were for the treatment and management of pain. In 1973 the Mawangdui manuscripts were found in a tomb that was enclosed in 168 BCE. These scrolls had massage, cauterisation, and puncturing methods for lumbago, neck pain, shoulder pain, abdominal and back pain, leg pain and so on. The primary medical text to follow this, the Huangdi Neijing (Yellow Emperor's Inner Classic) systematically identified the causes and treatment of pain with acupuncture, moxibustion, herbal approaches, and lifestyle changes. These methods are still used in contemporary clinical practice.

Pain, whether acute or chronic, is never easy to deal with. As pharmaceutical intervention has it's place many of the medications deal with blocking the sensation of pain and do not deal with the underlying cause. Naturally, this depends on the cause - which may be physical trauma, stress, posture, et-cetera. So why would acupuncture and Chinese medicine be any more effective?

This all depends on the practitioner and style of medicine employed. So, sometimes it is effective and sometimes it isn't. In my experience if a practitioner needles according to form and structure only then the result will not be great. On the other hand if the practitioner attends to the internal function of the body, takes into account every element of the patients constitution, then the result will be great and long lasting. This is a fundamental lesson from the Chinese classics. In addition, in the west there seems to be a habit of seeing a patient once per week, however, some disorders (such as acute pain) need more intensive treatment over a shorter period of time.

In the Neijing Acupuncture approach to pain both the physical terrain and the internal terrain are addressed. What this means is that a multitude of techniques may be used in one session. One disorder can present with many symptoms and even multiple causes. Each needs to be addressed in a systematic and individual manner.

For more information on Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine please visit www.classicalacupuncture.com.au.

David White Classical Acupuncture www.classicalacupuncture.com.au

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Acupuncture in Sydney: General and Specialist Practice

General Practice: Sydney Acupuncture Clinic:
My Sydney based practice located near Martin Place at 123 Clarence Street is a general practice. Here i consult patients who suffer from all sorts of conditions from pain, gynaecological, psychological and addictive disorders. I employ Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Cupping, and prescribe herbal medicines. Within my general practice i have a distinct focus on pain syndromes and gynaecological disorders, however, i have undertaken specific training in gastric and respiratory disorders too. At this practice i operate two to three rooms on Tuesdays and Thursdays within the very well known Sydney Bodywork Centre: (02) 9299 6688. 

Specialist Practice: St. Leonards Clinic:
Since March this year i joined the established and most prominent private rehabilitation centre in Sydney's northern suburbs the Advance Rehab Centre (and by association Mobile Rehab Innovations). Here i operate a specialist clinic for the treatment and management of severe and chronic neurological disorders. This is the first specialist clinic of its kind (providing acupuncture) in Australia. As i also see general patients here, 80% + of my patients are under the "neurological rehabilitation". I consult patients here on a Monday and Friday and in addition i visit inpatients at the Royal Rehabilitation Centre Sydney in Ryde.

I chose "to specialise" in neurological disorders as i saw it as one of the key areas of the classical period of acupuncture. Much of the ancient texts of Chinese medicine discuss the methodologies to treat and manage stroke, paralysis, and other associated neurological disorders.

For more information on my clinical practice be sure to visit www.classicalacupuncture.com.au or scroll down for further posts in relation to neurological acupuncture and stroke rehabilitation.

David White Classical Acupuncture www.classicalacupuncture.com.au

Sunday, May 23, 2010

What's involved in the practice of Chinese medicine?

This post will introduce the basic components of Chinese medicine. I think it is important that the reader review the page "Chinese medicine: style defined" so there is an understanding of the various styles of practice. This post will concern itself with Neijing Classical Medicine. Chinese medicine is a very diverse medical practice - a medicine that was first systematised over 2200 years ago. Having such a long and rich history it is understandable that naturally many modalities of practice would be adopted and incorporated into the system. This is one of the attracting features of Chinese medicine - its ability to adapt and integrate. So, what are the modalities that a practitioner may draw upon?

Acupuncture & Moxibustion: 鍼灸 Zhēnjiǔ which means to needle or puncture and cauterise or heat. They are part and parcel of the same practice. Acupuncture is what most people think of when they think of Chinese medicine. However, besides popular belief, it is not just the insertion of needles. Acupuncture involves filiform (hair-like) needling, micro-bleeding, blunt needle or massage with blunt needles (non-insertion techniques), intra-dermal needles, plum blossom needles, and press tacks. Whether these types of needles are employed or not depends on the diagnosis, individual condition, and the practitioner. Moxibustion is the art and science of burning herbs (either in the form of punk / raw or a stick) over specific areas of the body to generate heat.

Chinese herbal medicine: pinyin: zhōngyào xué. Chinese herbology is the refined method of herbal prescription. It encompasses a huge portion of the Chinese medical tradition and has formed the basis of much of the history of medicine in China. Many of the specialities in Chinese medicine revolve around herbal medicine, such as the Shanghanlun, Piweilun, Wenbingxue, and so on. Herbal medicine is as important as Acupuncture - they both work on the same body but can achieve different affects. Generally Acupuncture is more subtle working on the channel pathways enabling free movement while herbology focuses (depending on style) on the inner organs and can be quite direct (such as purgation or diaphoreses). 

Cupping: This involves the application of glass, plastic, or bamboo "cups" over a specific area (usually the back or abdomen). It is a painless procedure dependant upon the skill of the practitioner. The traditional method of "fire cupping" is most commonly used globally, however, the suction version is becoming increasingly popular.

Scraping: Known as Guasha is the method of scraping a smooth bone, jade, stone, or ceramic material over certain regions of the body. It has a similar affect to cupping as it draws out toxins, cold, heat, and painful obstruction from the muscles and bodily structures.

Dietetics: This is merely an extension of the herbal tradition in Chinese medicine. Understanding food and their medical importance is vital to Chinese medicine. The basic rule of Chinese dietetics is that one must follow the seasonal constitution of foods. This is a subject i will expand upon in further posts.

Healing Exercises: Daoyin (guiding and stretching), Qigong (breath cultivation), and other associated practices are he cornerstone of Chinese medicine and Chinese culture. These methods enable treu immersion for the practitioner and patient into the understanding of their body and how it functions. Practices such as Taijiquan, Yogic exercises (Qigong practices like Baduanjin), and other methods of self massage allow for proper movement of the fundamental substances through the body.

Anmo Tuina: Chinese therapeutic massage. Acupressure and palpation methods are often used for assisting the Chinese medicine practitioner. This will also be expanded on in later posts.

All of the above are involved in the treatment and management of all types of disorders and diseases. Even though Chinese medicine does not share the same "disease names" as in western medicine - remember it is an old approach to the body and hence different understanding was employed. For the sake of ease modern disease names will be included in the following list:
  • Pain and sports injuries, both acute and chronic;
  • Respiratory diseases, such as asthma, colds and flus, cough;
  • Gastric disease such as IBS, inflammatory disease, gastritis, bloating, ulcers;
  • Gynaecological disorders such as PMT, amenorrhoea, dysmenorrhoea;
  • Infertility, sub-fertility, and IVF support;
  • Neurological disease such as stroke, spinal cord injury, MS, polio, migraine;
  • Sleep apnea, insomnia, and other sleep related issues;
  • Psychological issues such as stress, anger management, anxiety;
  • Obstetric disorders such as morning sickness, post-partum care;
  • Headaches, RSI, tension and other office related pains and discomforts;
  • Thyroid disorders;
  • Addictions;
  • Signs and symptoms associated with chronic disease such as cancer and auto-immune disease.
Of course the above are not the only problems that can be treated or managed by Acupuncture & Chinese medicine.

If you are looking for a practitioner in the Sydney city please call one of the above phone numbers or visit www.classicalacupuncture.com.au. For practitioners outside of Sydney please visit www.acupuncture.org.au and visit the find a practitioner link.

David White Classical Acupuncture www.classicalacupuncture.com.au

Friday, May 21, 2010

Acupuncture and Stroke Recovery

Acupuncture as a medical intervention for stroke rehabilitation has been in use for over two millennia. Like most neurological disorders the approach to appropriately treating and managing signs and symptoms associated with sequela of stroke requires a distinct approach. This is where the combination of Neijing Classical Acupuncture and Neuro-Anatomical Acupuncture is particularly effective.

The earliest systematic text on the clinical application of Acupuncture, known as the Huangdi Neijing (Yellow Emperor's Inner Classic), described very specific treatment techniques and pathogenesis in relation  to what is called "stroke" today. Of course, the approach to the body and the understanding of disease is very different in Chinese medicine from contemporary medicine. Chinese medicine's approach to stroke revolves around the understanding of how pathogenic factors (Xieqi) enter the body and progress into the bodily structure. This can produce both mild and severe disorders. These pathogens cause obstruction in the vessels and channels leading to the common signs and symptoms of stroke. This is not too far removed from the modern understanding of a stroke (or cerebrovascular disease) which is due to the sudden disruption of blood supply to the brain.

Understanding each approach to the disorder is important in Acupuncture practice - every practitioner must know each side of the coin in order to provide their patients with optimal care. Combining classical and neuro-anatomical acupuncture allows for effective treatment for spasticity, pain, paralysis, internal dysfunction (gastric, urinary, sexual, and respiratory disorders), and problems with speech, motor and sensory function.

It is with great pleasure that i have been able to set up the first Acupuncture Specialist clinic for neurological disorders in St. Leonards in conjunction with the Advance Rehab Centre. This centre provides a complete approach to Stroke recovery offering acupuncture, physiotherapy, orthotics, hydrotherapy, and other allied health services. Located minutes from Royal North Shore Hospital ARC health is the premier centre for neurological and orthopaedic rehab in Sydney. For consultations with David White regarding stroke recovery please call (02) 9906 7777. For more information on the centre and their services please visit www.archealth.com.au

David White Classical Acupuncture www.classicalacupuncture.com.au

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Sydney Acupuncture Group

For the past 8 or so years i have been the clinical director and practitioner for Sydney Acupuncture. Sydney Acupuncture was the name of my clinical practice on Macquarie Street which i ran and developed with colleague Rodd Sanchez. As of May this year Sydney Acupuncture will now be known as the "Sydney Acupuncture Group" as we expand the areas in which we practice. We now run two city based clinics: Clarence Street and Macquarie Street and two suburban clinics: St. Leonards and Sylvania.

This expansion allows for the possibility of specialist clinics (such the neurological rehabilitation clinic in St. Leonards) and the ability for the Sydney Acupuncture Group to treat patients from all over Sydney.

For more information please email info@classicalacupuncture.com.au.

David White Classical Acupuncture www.classicalacupuncture.com.au

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Acupuncture in Sydney: Neurological Rehabilitation as a Speciality

For the past 6 + years i have been studying privately under Dr. David Tai - one of Sydney's most well known and original characters in the Acupuncture community. I was initially invited by Dr. Tai to study under him in a particularly traditional student - teacher fashion. This was unexpected as Dr. Tai practices a very un-orthodox style of medicine (see Chinese Medicine: Style Defined). Now Dr. Tai is semi-retired - looking after his current, loyal patients and it was his vision that i could continue his style of medicine when he ceases to practice.

I have always been interested in the classical approach to Chinese medicine and acupuncture. It is my passion. What i saw in Dr. Tai's clinic initially was not the "traditional" acupuncture i had seen before - it was very different and much more dynamic. Having dedicated much of the last 6 years of my professional life to Dr. Tai's insertion methods, observational and palpation diagnoses i can say with confidence his acupuncture is more classical than most others i have seen. The major difference was that he termed it "neuro-anatomical acupuncture". This intrigued me and sent me on an exploration of a sub-speciality in treating neurological disorders.

I now am a consultant acupuncture physician to the Royal Rehabilitation Centre Sydney and run a speciality clinic with the Advance Rehab Centre in St. Leonards. There i combine the methodologies of "neuro-anatomical acupuncture" and "neijing classical acupuncture" to treat and manage patients suffering from disorders such as stroke, spinal cord injury, MS, Devic's disease, migraine, Cerebral Palsy and facial paralysis. The combination of methods has produced excellent results for many of my patients, both acute and chronic. I have Dr. David Tai to thank for his methods and look forward to continuing my studies with him in the future.



David White Classical Acupuncture www.classicalacupuncture.com.au

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Bob Flaws on defining the term "Classic"

David White Classical Acupuncture www.classicalacupuncture.com.au

Monday, May 10, 2010

New youtube video on the basics of classical acupuncture

As a means of enabling basic information about Neijing Classical Acupuncture i have uploaded a youtube video. More detailed videos will follow:


David White Classical Acupuncture www.classicalacupuncture.com.au

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

What does it mean to be qualified?

In acupuncture and Chinese medicine in Australia, like most health professions, there is no national registration. This scheme will come into play in 2012. Currently, Victoria is the only state that has a registering body for acupuncture & Chinese medicine. What then does this mean for the other states? And how can patients be assured that their practitioner is fully qualified?

As i practice Acupuncture in New South Wales i will only talk about that state, however, this is relevant to all states of Australia. In NSW anyone can call themselves an acupuncturist, there is, unfortunately no title protection (which will hopefully change in 2012). Fortunately patients are able to be reassured that their practitioner is properly trained if they are accredited by the leading governing body: the Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA www.acupuncture.org.au). For a practitioner to be accredited by the AACMA they must have completed an appropriate full time 4 year + degree (or equivalent) at one of the recognised courses / universities around Australia. This is not the same, however, for other natural health associations who may accept practitioners who have completed short courses etc.

Being "qualified" in Chinese medicine, however, does not just mean that the practitioner has a degree. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine is a very complex, style defined art and science. It requires long hours and most importantly mentor-ship or guidance under a more experienced teacher. This is the tradition of Chinese medicine that has been in existence for over two millennia - the degree / undergraduate study are mearly the base foundations for building one's expertise in Chinese medicine.

This also extends to those that have been practicing before degrees or diplomas were around (those with 25 + years of clinical practice). Due to Australia's long standing relationship with East-Asia we still have many practitioners that have extensive "clinical experience" and are therefore more than qualified in Chinese medicine. It is with great shame, however, that others are using and abusing the title, such as Doctors, Physios, Chiropractors, Osteos etc who may do a 6 week or 6 month course in needling or "dry needling as some put it. This is not acupuncture - it is a false representation of Chinese medicine. It is a ridiculous as an acupuncturist doing a 6 month course in surgery and calling themselves a surgeon - it should not and would not happen.

Chinese medicine is a long standing method of primary health care. It is a time tested system that uses it's own medical paradigm to treat the body and mind. Ensure that when you seek treatment you do so by finding an appropriately qualified and experienced practitioner.



David White Classical Acupuncture www.classicalacupuncture.com.au

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

International Society for the Study of Classical Acupuncture (ISSCA)

The International Society for the Study of Classical Acupuncture (ISSCA www.isscaonline.org) is an organisation dedicated to the revival of classical Chinese medicine. This year (2010) will see the first annual conference of the ISSCA in Portland, Oregon. I will be attending as the Australasian Director of the ISSCA and the current schedule looks to be very educational. To view the current schedule, please visit http://www.isscaonline.org/ISSCA-ConferenceSchedule.pdf and download the pdf file.

Some of the key topics focus on pulse diagnosis, channel theory, clinical methodologies, historical development and there will also be a meeting to discuss the by-laws of the association.

For up to date information you can also visit the ISSCA Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Neijing-Classical-Acupuncture/356013737636?ref=ts

David White Classical Acupuncture www.classicalacupuncture.com.au

Monday, April 26, 2010

Why this blog?

I decided to write a blog for the purpose of being able to easily and quickly share information about the practice, research, and state of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in Australia and around the world. This blog will be more accessible and more flexible than my practice website www.classicalacupuncture.com.au. Furthermore, as of the 18th of May 2010 i will be in two separate and new practices located within Sydney.

My city practice, known as Sydney Acupuncture (www.sydneyacupuncture.com.au) will be changing locations and my part of that practice will now be at Ground Floor 123 Clarence Street, Sydney as part of the very popular Sydney Bodywork (www.sydneybodywork.com.au). Recently i also joined the Advance Rehab Centre in Sydney's lower north shore (www.archealth.com.au) as a specialist Acupuncture Physician in the treatment and management of Neurological disorders, this practice is located at 3/41 Herbert Street, St. Leonards.

This blog enables great cross-communication for my patients, colleagues, students, and associates and i hope that i will be able to assist in all of their understandings and travels in Acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

David White Classical Acupuncture www.classicalacupuncture.com.au


Welcome to David White Classical Acupuncture Sydney. My name is David White and i am an Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine specialist practicing in the Sydney CBD and St. Leonards. This blog will contain up to date information on my clinic practice and on classical acupuncture and Chinese medicine in the global community. For practice information please visit www.classicalacupuncture.com.au.

David White Classical Acupuncture www.classicalacupuncture.com.au