The Biochemistry of Acupuncture

Taking this course you will be able to answer the question: “So, how does acupuncture work?”.

The Biochemistry of Acupuncture

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What you will learn

  • Explain how acupuncture works using known scientific medical concepts.
  • Gap the seemingly distance between ancient wisdom and modern language.
  • Answer the question: “So, how does acupuncture work?” 

Course Overview

What happens when we insert a needle? Is there a biochemical signalling system responding to this kind of stimulation?

Everyday in practice, we see our patients achieve amazing results with the help of our treatments. That said, many of us have been trained using models such as TCM, Zang Fu, and Five Elements that are completely foreign to the cultures in which we live and practice. As such, there’s a growing awareness of the need to be able to explain our treatments and results in biomedical terms. We need to be able to answer the question: “So, how does acupuncture work?”.

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Course Reviews:

Really enjoyed this course!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
December 24, 2023

Really enjoyed this course! Clear, easy-to-follow structure as well. I appreciate the model that Mel shares and how easy she makes it to present to clients/patients. Highly recommend!

Dr. Chloé Hom Bañales dr.chloehom


Rated 5.0 out of 5
May 11, 2020


Walter Eddy

Very very well done

Rated 5.0 out of 5
January 2, 2020

Very very well done and makes it easy to present to patients who want to understand via a Western Medical Model.

Pam acupuncture

Great course

Rated 5.0 out of 5
January 2, 2020

Great course

Very well structured and well presented course. Easy to follow and understand, and the information is super useful.



Rated 5.0 out of 5
January 2, 2020


Clear, concise, engaging and informative – I really enjoyed this short course.

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By registering for this course, I agree to abide by the NCCAOM PDA Course Participant Attestation.

I understand that the information in this course presented by the Provider and/or Instructor(s) is for educational purposes only and should only be applied with appropriate clinical judgment and used by a trained and licensed
practitioner. Governmental laws and regulations vary from region to region and the contents of this course vary in permissible usage. The participant is required to check their local, state, and federal laws and regulations regarding the practice requirements and scope of practice issues and the use of the information of this course including, but not limited to, theory, herbal medicine, and acupuncture. I acknowledge that NCCAOM does not endorse any specific treatment regimens of any kind. Furthermore, if I use any modalities or treatments taught in this course, I agree to waive, release, indemnify, discharge, and covenant not to sue NCCAOM from and against any liability, claims, demands, or causes of action whatsoever, arising out of any injury, loss, or damage that a person may sustain related to the use of the information in this course. I understand that this Release is governed by the laws of District of Columbia, U.S.A. and shall survive the termination or expiration of this course.

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About the Teacher

Mel Hopper Koppelman, DAc, MSc

Mel Hopper Koppelman is the Executive Director of Evidence Based Acupuncture, a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving public health through better information about acupuncture’s considerable evidence base. Mel completed her MSc in Acupuncture from the Northern College of Acupuncture in York, UK in 2012 and a second MSc in Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon, USA in 2015. She is a reviewer for a number of peer-reviewed medical journals and has published numerous articles about acupuncture research. Mel is a research supervisor and guest lecturer at the Northern College of Acupuncture Masters programme in York, UK. Her blog,, provides readers with informative analysis of acupuncture research and evidence based medicine. She practices acupuncture and functional medicine in Rhode Island, USA.

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  • 45 Minutes Course Duration
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