Stem Cell Therapy

Leslie Parks, M.D. and Natural State Integrative Medicine are proud to offer our patients and the Central Arkansas area REGENERATIVE MEDICINE including Stem Cell Therapy, Functional Medicine, and more!

These cutting-edge regenerative treatments have been delivering amazing results and giving the people in Arkansas better options for their pain management and a step in the right direction for overall health…NATURALLY!

Dr. Traci Kiernan discusses some common questions about Stem Cell Therapy.

What are stem cells?

Stem cell therapy is the administration of umbilical cord stem cells (UCSC) into a patient’s body based on the recommendation from your medical provider or nurse practitioner. The cells can be administered through injection or IV infusion to maximize the therapy’s reach.

Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that are capable of giving rise to indefinitely more cells of the same type. They have the remarkable potential to develop into many different cell types in the body and serve as what can be accurately described as an “internal repair system,” replenishing other cells. Each divided cell has the potential to become another type of cell with a specialized function, such as a muscle cell, a red blood cell, or a brain cell. 

Where do stem cells come from?

Umbilical Cord Stem Cells are derived exclusively from the umbilical cord tissue of healthy, birthed babies & healthy mothers, which is the safest and least-invasive method of extraction available. 

What do stem cells do?

Seek out degeneration: They build, repair, and grow new tissue.

Anti-inflammatory: They are effective in reducing inflammation.

Immunomodulatory: They help modulate the body’s immune responses.

What makes them special?

Stem cells are the future of medicine! More than 4,000 clinical trials are being conducted worldwide. You can search the trial database here. Stem cells have two primary features that make them beneficial to regenerative health of tissues:

Pluripotency: A pluripotent cell has the capability of developing into various types of cells or tissues.

Self-renewal: Stem cells replicate themselves every 28 hours for 65 generations, giving rise to millions of undifferentiated cells!

Advantages of Umbilical Cord Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cells are immune system privileged, so anyone can be treated.

Stem cells support anti-inflammatory activity, immune modulating capacity, and contain the optimum ability to stimulate regeneration.

Stem cells can be administered multiple times in uniform dosages that contain high cells counts.

Stem cells can be administered two ways: intra-articular (injected directly) or through an intravenous (I.V.) infusion.


Hear about the advantages of stem cell therapy directly from one of our patients!


Stem Cell Therapy: The Procedure

1 Before Stem Cell Therapy

If possible, stop or reduce all aspirin products, non-steroidals, Vitamin E supplementation, and the use of fish oil at least five days before the therapy. Be sure to stay hydrated prior to the procedure.

2 During Stem Cell Therapy

The duration of the therapy is short, simple, and can take between ten to twenty minutes depending on the amount administered and the procedure chosen. This time will include cleaning and prepping the injection points.

3 After Stem Cell Therapy

If possible, stop or reduce anti-inflammatory medication for at least one to two weeks. Remember: Stem cells replicate every 28 hours through 65 cycles of replication.

At 3-4 Weeks Post-Therapy: Light exercises and stretching; no high-impact activities.

One Month Post-Therapy: Aggressive stretching, light-weight training; as tolerated by joints

Second Month-Post Therapy: Increase workout regiment and sport-specific activities

Common Conditions Treated with Stem Cell Therapy

Is Stem Cell Therapy Safe?

Yes! The use of Umbilical Cord Stem Cells (UCSC) is FDA approved. Our provider abides by incredibly stringent medical guidelines. Your comfort, safety, and recovery are the top concern.

The cells are rigorously tested and screened under NIH, FDA, AATB, and AABB guidelines.

Because UCSC are less mature than other cells, the body’s immune system is unable to recognize them as foreign and therefore, they are not rejected. There has never been a documented instance of rejection in graft vs. host.

You can learn more about the use and safety of Stem Cell Therapy in Journal of Translational Medicine 2007, Stem Cell Therapy for Autism. Thomas E. Ichim, Fabio Solano, Eduardo Glenn, Frank Morales, Leonard Smith, George Zabrecky, and Neil H. Riordan.

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