Angela C. Wu, CMD (China), LAc, OMD
“Each of us is born into a unique vehicle for life’s journey. It’s very important that we do not define ourselves as the vehicle we are driving or the condition of the road.Whatever you are experiencing at any given moment does not represent all you are.You are a spiritual, eternal being. Have fun. And smile!” — Dr. Angela C. Wu
Healthcare pioneer and author Dr. Angela C. Wu is a licensed acupuncturist and certified doctor of oriental medicine with more than 50 years of experience in acupuncture, herbology, and other Chinese healing arts. Career highlights include:
- Appointed by the Governor of California to the state’s first acupuncture licensing board in 1982.
- Founded San Francisco State University’s Chinese Healing Studies program in 1981 and served for more than 20 years on the faculty of the Institute of Holistic Health Studies (IHHS) department of San Francisco State University . In 2002, Dr. Wu established The Angela Wu Holistic Health Fund, benefiting programs and students.
- Co-founded the HIV/AIDS and Chinese Medicine Annual Conference in 1993, which for the first time brought Western and Eastern doctors and practitioners together to discuss the HIV/AIDS epidemic. In addition, Dr. Wu earned recognition for her work with HIV/AIDs patients.
- Served as chairperson of the Healing Tao Instructors Association. Conducted workshops and certified practitioners in Qi Gong and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
- Authored Fertility Wisdom: How Traditional Chinese Medicine Can Help Overcome Infertility (Rodale), a bestselling title in Amazon.com’s Fertility category.
Dr. Wu is deeply grateful for the opportunities life has given her to evolve her TCM practice in step with the needs of her local community and the world. The AIDS/HIV epidemic of the ’80s and ’90s inspired her to make immune health a cornerstone of her work. Over time, the moving personal stories of clients striving to conceive led to her focus on fertility. A nonsmoking client diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer (now cancer-free) catalyzed her clinic program in cancer care. With the advent of Covid in 2000, Dr. Wu has built on her deep experience with immune health to expand her practice yet again, with impact on an even broader community.
A colorful personal history predates Dr. Wu’s pioneering contributions to healthcare. Prior to immigrating to the United States, she was a popular actress on Taiwanese TV and in movies and was the youngest women to produce films in her day. She also hosted a classical music radio show in Taiwan.
Dr. Wu studied ballet as a child and in her 50s, took up ballroom dancing. She has performed in many showcases and earned a championship in the senior category.
Before opening her San Francisco TCM practice in the 1980s, Dr. Wu pursued a different avenue of community service: She completed training to become an officer for the San Francisco Police Department, earning recognition for marksmanship.
Today Dr. Wu’s greatest joy is the rewarding relationships she cultivates with her clients, staff, family, and friends. Never one to remain idle for long, she is always looking for new adventures in life and learning.