Acupuncture is a modality in Traditional Chinese Medicine that dates back to over 4,000 years. Acupuncture has been developed by following energy (qi) or circulatory pathways in the body, called channels. Each channel correlates to a certain organ system which travels or maps across the human body. When qi is stuck in a channel it will cause pain and disease in that organ system. Placing needles in specific acupuncture points on the channels allows a dramatic shift in speed and course of qi circulating through the body. As a whole, when being treated with acupuncture, there will be points chosen directly near the pain as well as to the sides to change the course of the qi.
Today, acupuncture is used most effectively for pain recovery and relief. There are several styles of acupuncture to help. Angela specialized in Orthopedic Acupuncture at the American Orthopedic Acupuncture College and by shadowing Orthopedic Doctor Hua Gu on staff. After becoming licensed, Angela studied Dr. Richard Tan’s approach toward orthopedic and internal medicine. She learned the Mirror Imaging and Balance Method from Dr. Tan and she integrated them into her treatments. As a result, Angela’s form of acupuncture is unique and individualized.