P4 Ep. 16: Mel Hopper Koppelman

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Chad Bong interviews acupuncturist and acupuncture research blogger, Mel Hopper Koppelman


Mel Hopper Koppelman is an acupuncturist and acupuncture and health research enthusiast. Her blog, abetterwaytohealth.com, provides readers with informative, evidence-based research on acupuncture and oriental medicine.  In her discussion with Chad, Mel discusses the challenges in the acceptance of evidence-based acupuncture for western skeptics, possible mechanisms of acupuncture, and how to create a convincing argument against acupuncture skeptics.


A Better Way to Health

Science-Based Medicine

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH): Acupuncture Research Information


  • Chad’s Intro (00:32)
  • German Study on Sham vs Real Acupuncture (02:36)
  •  Lack of specificity on low back pain (4:20)
  •  Problems with interpretations of acupuncture studies (5:44)
  •  untrained vs. trained (11:05)
  • Individual patient meta-analysis on LBP (13:15)
  • P-value explanation (14:36)
  • Mel’s blog abetterwaytohealth.com (15:15)
  • Mel’s discussion with sciencebasedmedicine.com (17:17)
  • Physical Therapy vs. Acupuncture Studies (24:00)
  • Possible Mechanisms of Acupuncture (26:10)
  • Pharmacology shortfalls (31:11)
  • Improvement of evidence-based research for acupuncture(39:44)
  • Evidence-based arguments against skeptics (44:00)
  • Mel vs. National Institute of Clinical and Social Excellence (45:48)
  • Understanding how effective acupuncture is as an acupuncturist (50:56)
  • Mel’s plug (53:10)
  • How to win an argument with skeptics (54:20)
  • Closing (55:54)