Li Sparks

Acupuncture Healthcare Practioner
NCCAOM Certified and Licensed to practice in KY and OH.


Mrs. Sparks is nationally certified by NCCAOM and is licensed to practice acupuncture by the Ohio and Kentucky Medical Boards. Mrs. Sparks has over 30 years experience in acupuncture and medical research. She specializes in pain relief, including neck, shoulder, back, and joint pain, frozen shoulder, sciatica, headaches, migraines, painful menses, stroke paralysis, Bell's palsy, depression, anxiety, insomnia, hypertension, gastrointestinal issues, arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, OB/Gyn disorders.

Mrs. Sparks was trained as a physician in China in both western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine, with a specialty in acupuncture. She graduated from Yunan university of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1985, and then completed 2 years of advanced acupuncture training. Early in Mrs. Sparks' career she worked under the supervision of Zunxin Guan, one of foremost acupuncture experts in Yunan, China. Later on Mrs. Sparks was a principal clinical researcher running projects funded by China's Bureau of Traditional Chinese medicine and material medica. Mrs. Sparks also worked seven years at the University of Cincinnati College of medicine in cardiology research. Overall she has been involved in Acupuncture practice, Chinese herbal medicine, and biomedical research more than 30 years.

1980-1985: MD. Yunnan College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, P.R. China.
1985-1987: Advanced study and training in acupuncture Yunnan College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, P.R. China

2009-Current: Acupuncturist in Private Practice
2001-2008: Division of cardiology. College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati.
1997-2000: School of Pharmacy, University of California, San Francisco
1993-1997: Attending Doctor, Department of Acupuncture, affiliate hospital of Yunan , China
1988-1993: Resident Doctor, Department of Acupuncture, affiliate hospital of Yunan , China
1987-1988: Resident Doctor. Department of internal medicine inpatient, Department of Acupuncture, outpatient. Simao regional hospital of Yuannan, China.

License and Certifications:
2007: Licensed by the Ohio Medical Board to Practice Acupuncture in Ohio
2007: Licensed by the Kentucky Medical Board to Practice Acupuncture in Kentucky
2005: Certified in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine by NCCAOM - National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
2001: Licensed by the California Acupuncture Board to Practice Acupuncture in California

Preliminary Immune Mechanisms of Disease Prevention Moxibustion.
Yunnan Journal of traditional Chinese medicine. Feb, 1990.

Family nutrition & health: Xiaohua Jiang, Shengxian Lu, Li Xiang, shijian Yang. Zhejiang.
University Published, 6/1/1992. ISBN:7-308-00968-8.

Optimal Day and Time Schedule Ear Points Electrical Stimulation Dynamics Observation for Gallbladder. Li Xiang, Xiaoming Dong, Zhi Zhu, Zunxin Guan.
Yunnan Journal of traditional chinese medicine 0255-2914, 53-1055, R245.97, P31-34, May, 1992.

Auricular Points Pressure Plus Acupuncture Treatment Efficacy for Tinnitus.
Yunnan Journal of traditional chinese medicine June, 1994.

Auricular Points Pressure and Acupuncture Treatment Efficacy for insomnia.
Yunnan Jounal of traditional chinese medicine. April, 1995.

A GRK5 polymorphism that inhibits beta-adrenergic receptor signaling is protective in heart failure. Liggett SB, Cresci S, Kelly RJ, Syed FM, Matkovich SJ, Hahn HS, Diwan A, Martini JS, Sparks L, Parekh RR, Spertus JA, Koch WJ, Kardia SL, Dorn GW 2nd.
Nat Med. 2008 May;14(5):510-7. doi: 10.1038/nm1750. Epub 2008 Apr 20. PMID:18425130

A functional polymorphism of the G{alpha} q(GNAQ) gene is associated with accelerated mortality in African-American heart failure. Liggett SB, Kelly RJ, Parekh RR, Matkovich SJ, Benner BJ, Hahn HS, Syed FM, Galvez AS, Case KL, McGuire N, Odley AM, Sparks L, Kardia SL, Dorn GW 2nd.
Hum Mol Genet. 2007 Nov 15;16(22):2740-50. Epub 2007 Aug 24. PMID: 17720980

Novel and Nondetected Human Signaling Protein Polymorphisms. Lynch RA, Wagoner L, Sparks L, Molkentin J, Dorn GW 2nd.
Physiol Genomics. 2002 Sep 3;10(3):159-68. PMID: 12209018