Clinical Techniques in Classical Acupuncture

Learn practical methodologies of the Huangdi Neijing Lingshu. For Bookings Please See Information Below.

The ability to truly engage and connect with the appropriate and required needling method is no easy feat in Chinese medicine. Knowing how to properly insert the needle, the type of needle needed, the distinct depth and necessary manipulation of that needle, is something that is lacking from so many education facilities in this profession. 

This 3 day seminar will focus on the unique and rarely practiced Jingmai (channel) diagnostics and needling techniques of the Huangdi Neijing Lingshu. Clear instruction on pulse and channel palpation, on-table assessments, and the tools required to appropriately and skilfully needle as the classics intended will be discussed. Each student will be taken through the mechanism behind needling, and will have immediately applicable and versatile skills that will translate easily into their existing studies and practice. The goal of this seminar is to develop the skill of being a needle technician in the traditional manner.

Note: This is a practical seminar, so please come prepared to needle and be needled. All required steps will be taken to ensure people are comfortable and the environment is safe and professional. Any issues with the above please contact  [email protected] to discuss options, thank you.   

This is a 3 day intensive and attendee limited seminar of both theory and practice. Each participant will be automatically enrolled in the "Introduction to Neijing Medicine" online seminar for free as prerequisite study. Each day will run 9am to approximately 5pm. For pricing options please see below.

  • DAY ONE: JINGMAI DIAGNOSTICS & TOOLS OF THE TRADE: Day one will focus on one of the most frequently discussed diagnostic techniques in the Huangdi Neijing: Renying / Cunkou pulse diagnosis. Here the core foundation of this method will be laid out clearly for students as well as practical demonstration, application, and in-house practice. Renying / Cunkou is a very unique and precise Jingmai / Channel diagnostic skill set that allows for clear-cut understanding of pathological location and direction. We will also briefly discuss the various tools used in classical Neijing needling and the principle behind them that will allow comprehension of modern day application.

  • DAY TWO: LINSGHU GUANZHEN - THE NEEDLING TECHNIQUES: Day Two will focus on introducing needling techniques of the Lingshu Jing, namely the Guanzhen chapter (Lingshu 7). Here we will look into the method, the language used, and most importantly we will reverse engineer the pathology of each technique. These techniques will be a mixture of common methods and very advanced techniques (such as Miuci misleading needling, and Cuici, fire needling). There will be time for demonstration, practice, and discussion. The primary focus of this day will be the nine transformation techniques.

  • DAY THREE: LINGSHU GUANZHEN - THE NEEDLING TECHNIQUES CONT...: Day Three will continue the needling method, practice, and discussion with a focus on the 12 channel techniques and 5 seasonal / directional methods that pertain to the tissue layers of each phase. If time permits, case study analysis will be included.


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.