This seminar was originally presented at the 2018 AACMAC at the University of Sydney.

Classical Chinese medicine of the Huangdi Neijing (黃帝內經) follows a principled and patterned methodology of clinical strategies. This presentation will focus on one of the key themes of Neijing medicine: direction, a concept deep within the classical cultural understanding of seasonal law (Shize 時則) . Here we will discuss the importance of differentiating various tissue terrains, vessels (Mai 脈) and channels (Jing 經) while pairing that differentiation with appropriate level based needling from the Lingshu Guanzhen (namely the Five Directional techniques). These concepts will support the primary and secondary regions of disease manifestation, the concepts of Shun (順), Ni (逆), Shen (神), and Ji (機) in classical acupuncture, and both tool and technique of choice in the clinic. This short talk on directional medicine within the Neijing offers viewers the ability to look at certain aspects of how we may approach broad clinical strategies in our practice through the understanding of directional impairment and correspondence. This talk is NOT an introduction to Neijing medicine, it is an overview of directional medicine within the Neijing.


  • David  White

    David White

    Director: Institute of Neijing Research

    Dr. David White is a classical Chinese medicine practitioner from Sydney, Australia. His passion for classical medicine began at an early stage in his life through studies in martial arts and philosophy. Dr. White's approach to clinical practice is rare, his methodologies in diagnosis and treatment stem from the textual lineage of the Huangdi Neijing (黃帝內經) and Yijingpai (醫經派) tradition. Dr. White founded the INR in 2012 and has been teaching acupuncture and Chinese medicine for over 20 years. 

Course curriculum

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    Directional Medicine in the Huangdi Neijing: Clinical Strategies
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