About me

Registered acupuncturist     Reg. Number: CMR 0001712607

Fellow of the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association

John McDonald commenced acupuncture studies in 1971 with Russell Jewell, who later established Australia’s first acupuncture college, Acupuncture Colleges (Australia). In 1975 John qualified as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse and in the same year established an acupuncture withdrawal programme, along with colleague, Dr Rod Muirhead, at the New South Wales Health Commission’s Drug Dependency Service (later called Narcotics Dependency Programme) in Sydney. In 1976 Dr Rod Muirhead and John McDonald established a private acupuncture clinic together in Glebe, Sydney.

In 1977 John commenced teaching acupuncture and has continued to teach ever since. Since 1976 John has attended numerous acupuncture conferences and presented lectures, workshops and conference papers around the world. For details of John McDonald’s publications press the “Publications” tab.

Dr John McDonald was awarded a PhD in 2015 from Griffith University. His thesis was an original research project entitled “The Effects of Acupuncture on Mucosal Immunity in the Upper Respiratory Tract” – in other words, how does acupuncture modulate the immune system when used to treat hayfever (allergic rhinitis)?

Currently John McDonald is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Medicine at Griffith University and is a member of the Menzies Health Institute Queensland. John is Vice-President of the Acupuncture Now Foundation, an international charitable foundation dedicated to educating the public, other health professionals and health policymakers about the benefits of acupuncture based on the best available evidence. 

Dr John McDonald is also a contract academic and member of the Curriculum Advisory Committee at the Endeavour College of Natural Health which is a direct “descendant” of the original Acupuncture Colleges (Australia) where he was first introduced to acupuncture.

Southport Acupuncture Clinic was established in Davenport Street, Southport on Queensland’s Gold Coast in 1992 by John McDonald.  The clinic moved to its current location at Suite G, 4 Railway Street, Southport in 2008. 


McDonald, J.(1985) Zang Fu Syndromes: Differential Diagnosis and Treatment with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. New South Wales College of Natural Therapies, Sydney

McDonald, J.(1986) Acupuncture Point Dynamics (Vol 1: The Six Leg Channels); self-published

McDonald, J.(1989) Acupuncture Point Dynamics (Vol 2: The Six Arm Channels, Renmai & Dumai); self-published

McDonald, J. & Penner, J.(1998) Zang Fu Syndromes: Differential Diagnosis and Treatment, Lone Wolf Press, Los Angeles

McDonald, J.(1998) Acupuncture Point Dynamics (Vol 1: The Six Leg Channels) Revised Edition; Twin Dragon Books, Southport, Qld

McDonald, J & Penner, J. (2010) Sindromes Zang Fu: Diagnostico Diferencial e Tratamento [in Portuguese] Editora Roca, Sao Paolo, Brasil


Suite G, 4 Railway Street, Southport, Qld, 4215, Australia

Health Concerns

Joint & Mobility, Back Pain, Drug Addiction


Acupuncture, Herbal Therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine

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  • Experience: 47 Years
  • Language : English
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