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

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"

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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