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

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