Athletic Performance – Using Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

How Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, and Chinese Medical Theory Apply to the Modern Athlete.

What if a point or point combination could enhance athletic performance? Speed, endurance, recovery? It may be possible, and while more research is needed, Whitfield Reaves has some compelling protocols used for the last 40 years with elite athletes.

Whitfield Reaves
Whitfield Reaves

Course Overview

The enhancement of performance in athletes and the active patient is a most interesting topic. In this course Whitfield Reaves covers much of his experience with athletes over the last forty years, including the Olympics, cycling and running events, and the triathlon, both nationally and internationally.


Acupuncture and the principles of Chinese medicine can support performance, both for the athlete as well as the active. For acupuncture specifically, body points will be discussed that have been used by the presenter for pre-performance treatment. Also, auricular points with retaining needles will be covered for their use during the actual performance itself. And herbal medicine also has its place with sports medicine. Whitfield will cover formulas that complete a simple yet precise system of managing the athlete and keeping them both healthy & fit.


Treatment phases will be presented using yin yang theory. The yin phase is considered the training period. The yang phase is competition and performing. True to TCM principles, both the yin and the yang phases need to be addressed for effective management of the athlete. You can not have yang (performance) with yin (rest)!


We hope this course will give the viewer some new ideas as well as increased skills and confidence in their care of the athlete and the active patient. Whitfield rarely speaks on this subject, and there will be new material he has developed over the last 40 years on care of the athlete.


  • Yin training phase and yang competing phase of the athlete, and how to keep them balanced.

  • Acupuncture points of the body used in pre-performance treatment.

  • Auricular points used during performance with retaining needles.

  • Herbal medicines used in management of both the yin and the yang phase of athletic training.


  • 0 hrs - 45 min

    Managing the yin phase (training) & the yang phase (competition). Review of Kidney/Heart relationship (water/fire) as seen with heart rate monitor or pulses. Points to consider for the yin phase of training. Points to consider during the yang phase.

  • 45 min - 1.5 hrs

    Body points used for pre-performance treatment. Includes upper and lower extremity points with indications for endurance and strength. Includes points for balancing the zang fu and points for improving posture. And points that move qi and blood.

  • 1.5 hrs - 2 hrs

    Auricular points with retaining needles used during actual performance. Includes points that affect the related zang organs, including the lung and heart. Includes points that affect the nervous system, including shen men. And points for moving qi.

  • 2 hrs - 2.5 hrs

    Herbal formulas and individual herbs for managing the athlete in both the yin and the yang phases. Emphasis is primarily on the Bupleurum formulas that smooth the liver qi. Secondary emphasis is on herbs that tonify without add heat to the body.

  • 2.5 hrs - 3 hrs

    Review of the yin and yang phase of the athlete. Review of the body points. Review of the auricular points. Questions and answers. If insufficient questions we will offer case studies of athletic performance enhancement with TCM.


  • Samantha W. (Canada)

    I loved this course and found it really exciting and great information


I loved this course and found it really exciting and great information

Samantha W. (Canada)


Whitfield Reaves

In practice for over 40 years, Whitfield Reaves, OMD, L.Ac., specializes in the field of sports medicine. Being in the forefront of the acupuncture sports medicine field, Whitfield's experience includes working with athletes at the 1984 LA Olympic Games at the 1984 LA Olympic Games and countless other sport competitions since. He is an author, he teaches internationally as well.


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    Approved By: Florida (3), NCCAOM (3), California [Until 2025/04/05]* (3), Standard Certificate (3)

  • Language: English

  • Course Type: Recorded Webinar

  • Course Length: 3 h

  • Course Notes: Notes are provided with this course.

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