Acupuncture Treatment - Serving West Chester, Mason, Montgomery, Fairfield, and Cincinnati

Acupuncture Healthcare Practioner
Li Sparks LAc, O.M.D

Office Locations

8833 Cincinnati Dayton Rd, Suite 104,
West Chester, OH. 45069
Appointments: (513) 328-5600

562 Buttermilk Pike, Suite A,
Crescent Springs KY. 41017
Appointments: (513) 328-5600

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Our Services

  • Pain management including neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, and joint pain, sciatica, headaches, migraines, painful menses, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, and more
  • Neurological disorders - neuropathy, stroke paralyses, Bell's palsy, Parkinson's diseases
  • Psychological and Emotional disorders - insomnia, stress, depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Women's health and OB/Gyn disorders - infertility, premenopause & menopause syndrome, premenstrual syndrome, irregular period, cramps
  • Cardiovascular disorders - hypertension and hypotension, arrhythmia
  • Respiratory disorders - asthma, bronchitis asthma, allegeries
  • Other - weight control, drug and alcohol withdraw syndrome, smoking cessation

Modern Acupuncture

Many people facing medical issues may be interested in alternative treatments. While some homeopathic remedies may work on the placebo effect, others are proven to be very effective. Acupuncture is a well-studied and effective alternative treatment of many medical conditions. According to the Word Health Organization, acupuncture has been proven effective in the treatment of a wide array of complaints, from allergies to headaches and chronic pain disorders. Other studies have been completed that also suggest acupuncture is an effective treatment for addictions, mental illnesses and more.

Although acupuncture has been used in some cultures for centuries, it has only recently become mainstream in Western medicine. It has been studied extensively through clinical trials, and researchers have found that it may be more effective than pharmaceuticals in treating certain conditions. Regardless of your ailment, it is worth discussing acupuncture treatments with your doctor.

Acupuncture for Pain

pain management

Chronic pain conditions are particularly well-suited to acupuncture treatments because they often do not respond well to long term pharmaceutical treatment. The body can build up resistance to drugs, which lessens their effectiveness over time.

Acupuncture does not work this way. The body doesn't build up a natural resistance to acupuncture treatments, so it continues to be effective over time. Acupuncture's powerful pain relief effects are safe, non-addictive, and well documented in this statement published by the World Health Organization, "The effectiveness of acupuncture analgesia has already been established in controlled clinical studies. As mentioned previously, acupuncture analgesia works better than a placebo for most kinds of pain, and its effective rate in the treatment of chronic pain is comparable with that of morphine. In addition, numerous laboratory studies have provided further evidence of the efficacy of acupuncture's analgesic action as well as an explanation of the mechanism involved. In fact, the excellent analgesic effects of acupuncture have stimulated research on pain".

In addition to pain relief, acupuncture can help promote overall well-being and improvements to the patient's immune system. This can help lessen the long-term effects of chronic pain disorders.

Acupuncture for Arthritis

One application where acupuncture is especially effective is in arthritis treatment. Arthritis causes swelling and joint pain, especially in elderly people, and it's usually treated with anti-inflammatory drugs. A study from the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine found that acupuncture both reduces pain and improves mobility in osteoarthritis sufferers.

Acupuncture for Infertility

Although acupuncture is frequently used to treat pain conditions, it has many other applications. One area where acupuncture has proven to be effective is fertility treatment. Acupuncture has been used to treat infertility for centuries, but it has recently gained the support of modern science. For example, one study of 28 men showed that acupuncture treatments administered twice a week could have a statistically significant impact on sperm count.

Other studies have shown that acupuncture treatments are effective for female infertility as well. This study suggests that acupuncture coupled with IVF treatments can increase the effectiveness of IVF and improve chances of successful conception. This may be due to an overall increase in the body's natural immune system, or it could be caused by other natural reactions that are not yet evident from the research.

Acupuncture for Depression

Good Mental Health

Physical ailments are not the only things that can be treated with acupuncture. A growing body of research shows that acupuncture can be an effective treatment for depression and other mental disorders. Specifically, the release of endorphins experienced during acupuncture treatment may help to stimulate the brain and reduce depression symptoms. Eight randomized medical trials support acupuncture's efficacy for depression.

Currently, depression is generally treated with the use of drugs that alter the brain's receptiveness and production of certain mood-altering chemicals such as serotonin. It's believed that acupuncture has a similar effect. By stimulating the patient's nerves, the acupuncturist encourages the patient's brain to produce more mood-lifting chemicals, which can help restore balance in the patient's brain.

These are just a few of the many acupuncture applications offered in modern medicine. As the practice becomes more widespread, further studies will be completed that will help doctors and researchers understand why acupuncture is so effective for so many different ailments. This in turn will help to create more effective acupuncture treatments and help more people overcome their medical concerns.

How Acupuncture Works

Acupuncture is considered safe and effective. It involves the insertion of very thin needles into the tissue of a patient. A licensed acupuncturist knows where to place these needles in order to get the desired effect. Each needle is placed near a nerve or "acu-point" near the affected area. These needles may be left in for several minutes; the acupuncturist might also manipulate the needles or run electrical current through them to boost their effect. These treatments may be repeated several times a week for a long period or until symptoms subside.

Acupuncture is believed by modern science to work in two primary ways. The first is that the needles stimulate the nervous system, which sends signals to the pain receptors in the brain. This in turn dulls the effects of pain by blocking those pain receptors. This is what makes acupuncture treatment especially useful for managing and treating pain from injuries and illness.

Additionally, the treatment raises levels of certain hormones that act as natural anti-inflammatory agents in the body. Coupled with the blocked pain receptors, this leads to both a reduction of pain symptoms and expedited healing. The release of hormones also helps to counteract the effects of depression and other psychological problems, and it may help in boosting the immune system of patients to promote long-term health.

Although some have suggested that the placebo effect may be behind some results seen from acupuncture, the results of 29 separate studies suggests that acupuncture is measurably more effective than placebo or "sham" treatments. The data in this study was collected over six years and includes information from several countries, which lends substantial credibility to acupuncture treatments.

Additional studies will undoubtedly refine these results and give further support to the power of acupuncture. As more uses of acupuncture are discovered, these treatments may become even more mainstream.

Whether you're currently suffering from arthritis, depression or another ailment, consider learning more about acupuncture treatments and discussing your options with a doctor. Acupuncture may help complement existing treatment options, or it may become the primary method of treatment. Either way, exploring this safe form of alternative healing is a good idea when managing your health. Acupuncture is becoming more accepted here in greater Cincinnati and in the nation as research demonstrates its natural healing benefits.