​Donald K. Liebell, DC, BCAO

477 Viking Drive Suite 170

Virginia Beach VA 23452 
8:30AM - 6:30PM M,W,F 

(By Appointment Tu, Sat) 


Allergies to Chocolate

and Bee Stings Gone

If I ate chocolate—even one Hershey’s kiss, it would make my nose red and make me cough.  I told Dr. Liebell this while doing renovations at his house.  He told me he could probably make it stop.  I figured, why not give it a try.  He put the one little acupuncture needle in my ear, and I waited 3 weeks.  Just like he said, I could eat chocolate without a problem.  Unbelievable! 

But it gets better… When I went to Dr. Liebell’s office for the chocolate allergy, he asked me if I had any other allergies.  I said, yes—I’m deathly allergic to bee stings.  I carry an Epi pen in my truck at all times.  If I get stung by a bee, and don’t get stuck with the Epi pen within a couple of minutes… I’m a dead man.  So just in case, Doc put in another needle for the bee allergy.  But he told NOT to test this one out like I did for the chocolate!  Well guess what—several weeks later I got stung on the neck by a bee… and absolutely nothing happened.  No need for the Epi pen, and definitely not dead on the floor!   Incredible.   Allergy ear acupuncture saved my life.

Donnie Hummel,

DNR Contracting,

Virginia Beach

I had to stop eating two of my favorite foods: peanut butter and jelly, and pizza.  It was because

of allergy to peanuts and tomatoes.  My dad brought

me to see   Dr. Liebell.  

He put two tiny needles in

my ear and covered them with tape.  It didn’t hurt.  I waited 3 weeks, and was able to eat my PBJ and pizza again.  I haven’t  had a problem since.  Thank you so much, Dr. Liebell!

 Jenna, Virginia Beach

"We're not specifically treating allergies, but are helping PEOPLE who have allergies.  By stimulating the 'internal pharmacy'...

"Environmental controls are important whenever you have a situation that is made worse by exposure to certain substances. However, if you want to be able to withstand the assault of these substances, upon exposure, Medical Acupuncture can certainly help you by recalibrating your system so that so that you are comfortable and relatively symptom free.”

Dr. Marshal Sager, 
Founding Chair & Member of the American Board of Medical Acupuncture, Chair of the Education Chapter of the International Congress of Medical Acupuncture and Related Technologies, Past President of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture

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An Impossible Treatment?

How Could Stimulation of the Nerves of Your

Outer EAR Help Your Allergies and Sensitivities? 

   By Dr. Donald Liebell

   An astonishing treatment technique was pioneered in the 1950s by French Paul Nogier, MD and advanced by American anesthesiologist, Nader Soliman, MD over the past decades.  I am proud to have furthered public knowledge of a specialized application of it with the publication of groundbreaking research. A medical specialty known as auricular therapy (ear acupuncture) performed using a patented procedure is capable of helping people overcome various allergies.  

   I have performed many fascinating and effective treatment methods throughout my 28-year career... but none have impressed me as much as 
Soliman's Auricular Allergy Treatment (SAAT). Patients of mine from coast-to-coast and I have been thrilled that I learned it directly from Dr. Soliman several years ago.

   No matter how bad your particular allergy is… no matter how long you’ve had it…

   No matter how many different treatment approaches you’ve tried… 

 In just one treatment session of less than a hour, your body could be on the road to naturally eliminating or significantly reducing it—without drugs or allergy shots.

   Sounds impossible, right?  That’s how powerful SAAT is.  

It’s something so different and fascinating; few doctors are willing to even investigate it, despite two studies published in medical journals! 

   It is NOT taught in the regular curriculum in medical schools. Physician acupuncturists and Licensed Acupuncturists must seek training in the techniques through private certification training. To my knowledge, no allergists or immunologists have pursued it.   

   Surprisingly, very few acupuncturists even do it.    
   Fortunately for my patients, I have never cared what other doctors think.  Their respect and awe is not what I seek.  I do what I do to help people get better.  I have a passion for helping the supposedly untreatable.  

   I admit that I thrive on silencing skeptics… not out of ego, but rather because there’s no greater joy than seeing the lasting relief patients receive. In my opinion, everybody in the world should already know about Soliman Auricular Allergy Treatment (SAAT). Several thousand people have benefitted from it, but countless millions of people worldwide have no clue it exists. It should be for EVERYBODY,  but sadly, it has so far, been experienced by the relatively few people, who are willing to think outside the box by trying an easy, fast, inexpensive, convenient, and safe treatment.  

   The reason I’m willing to make such a bold statement about allergies is simple: I have the procedures, knowledge, technology, and skills to back it up. 

   For some time, I have been sitting on the most exciting secret of natural treatment for allergy sufferers you could ever imagine.  Allergy sufferers have been able to naturally heal themselves from problems they’ve had for years, or even their whole lives.  

   The secret is so amazingly simple to have done that it only requires ONE extremely easy treatment for a particular allergy.  Yet it is so powerful, it will enable your body to naturally overcome an allergy immediately.  Plus, there's NO commitment or lengthy treatment protocol necessary at all 

   That’s right. All it takes to trigger your own immune system to stop over-reacting to an allergen (irritating substance) is under an hour of your time. That’s it. 

    You lie down for examination on a comfortable exam table for painless (and I'm sure you'll agree, very interesting evaluation methods). The treatment does not hurt! It involves the easy sliding of specialized  tiny, 
hair thin, 3mm filaments of sterilized stainless steel (shorter than an eyelash) into the skin of the ear. These are ear acupuncture needles. They are covered with medical adhesive tape and secured to remain for 3 weeks. During this time, the tiny steel filaments provide an ongoing stimulus to the nerves discovered to be involved with the mechanism of allergies.

   Easy as pie!

   In my opinion (and thousands of paitients), you will

have completed the most serious step you will

ever take  as an allergy sufferer.  You simply avoid the

substance (food, chemical, animal, etc.) you’re allergic to, 

as best you can for just 3 weeks while the tiny nerve-stimulating

steel filaments (ear acupuncture needles) are taped in placed

to stay throughout that time.


   You should be—nearly every allergy sufferer who has 
had this treatment has succeeded.  Now it’s your turn.

   Here’s the story:  

   Paul Nogier, M.D.  (1908-1996) was a highly-respected neurologist and professor at the medical school at Lyon, France.  But his real fame came from his discovery and development of a system of treating the entire body through acupuncture done exclusively on the outer EAR.  It’s called Auricular Therapy It was introduced in 1956, and became endorsed as a valid medical treatment for dozens of ailments by the World Health Organization.

   Dr. Nogier felt his ear acupuncture method showed some promise for helping patients suffering from allergies.  The EAR is an area of the body that NOBODY in the history of civilization had ever considered for helping allergies!  Nogier’s work laid the foundation for the research of Dr. Nader Soliman, who refined it into an extraordinary method, which has indeed helped people overcome allergies naturally.

​  A study was published in the peer-reviewed medical journal, Medical Acupuncture. 40 patients suffering a variety of allergies to foods and environmental factors became allergy-free as the result of the SAAT method, and have remained allergy free to date. 

(Source: Soliman Nader. Medical Acupuncture. April 2014, 26(3): 167-172. doi:10.1089/acu.2014.1032.)

  I am further delighted to report the publishing of my 2020 study published in the American Journal of Biomedical and Life Sciences:

​Effect of Soliman Auricular Allergy Treatment (SAAT) on IgE-mediated Reactions Due to Exposure to Mammalian Meat Oligosaccharide, Galactose-α-1,3-Galactose  

   I could go on forever talking about SAAT.  A growing number of satisfied patients owe their allergy-free existence to groundbreaking the efforts of Drs. Nogier, Soliman, and myself. I was blown away when Dr. Soliman decided to share his auricular allergy acupuncture secrets with the conventionally-trained medical community. He presented his research (over 10 years of unprecedented success on a hundreds of cases!) at the 2013 Symposium of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture.  

   But I was even MORE impressed when he personally taught me the updated procedures… so I could immediately reproduce the same results for my patients. Dr. Soliman said that learning this extraordinary procedure would be easy for me, I humbly report, because of my existing skills, knowledge, and experience.  

   My patients and I are thrilled and proud to report that he was correct!

   In his presentation at the medical symposium, Dr. Soliman described all kinds of treatment successes… cases of life-long allergies—people who were hooked on medications and allergy shots… people who were told nothing could be done… all kinds of allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances.

  This treatment technique has been successful in helping people to naturally overcome allergies…

even if you have been allergic to a food (like eggs, nuts, and yes—even peanuts!)

…even if you can’t go near a cat or dog

…even if you have never had any relief your whole life!

How can this possibly be true? 

   Allergies are an abnormal and exaggerated response of your immune system to a foreign substance—that is otherwise harmless.  A substance called immunoglobulin E (IgE) is overproduced, leading to allergic reactions.  The normal function of IgE is to fight off parasites.  

   People can be born with allergies, or develop them at ANY time in life.  Surprisingly, there is no direct correlation with one’s overall health.  In fact, very healthy people can have allergies, while very sick people do not.  Scientists have learned some of the complex mechanisms of allergies, but how and exactly why they happen is really not known. There are hundreds of chemicals and pathways involved.

   What we do know is that the human immune system has always been equipped to handle allergens.  It also stands to reason that if the body can develop allergies… it can eliminate them too.  Plus, it is hardly a new concept that acupuncture could stimulate the immune system to help people with allergies.  

   Although there’s published research attesting to this; it simply is not taken seriously by mainstream medicine.  Western medicine looks at allergies from a chemical perspective.  Dr. Nader Soliman's discovery (in my opinion, a Nobel Prize-worthy discovery) is the NEUROLOGICAL basis of allergy, and its associated treatment through the nerves of the ear, which are directly connected to the brain.  

   Ear acupuncture is an internationally recognized healthcare discipline. It is not "alternative" to anything. Hundreds of studies and papers in peer-reviewed medical journals exist for both medical folks and the public to find on the Internet.

   When you think about it, isn’t it rather silly to call acupuncture “alternative” medicine?  It has been helping millions of people for thousands of years—long before the first prescription drug or allergy shot was ever conceived.  Dr. Nogier was aware of this in the 1960s, and as I mentioned earlier Dr. Soliman perfected the work over the last ten years.  But the modern procedure has been (and will likely continue to be) overlooked by mainstream health care, and is not much more than a secret weapon for allergy sufferers privy to the few doctors in the world who’ve been willing to learn the method… doctors who are willing to be different!

 It is also blazingly obvious that, despite the fact that this treatment could be so simple and easy for patients to have done… it doesn’t fit the business of medicine—you know, the allergy treatment industry that manages 50 million allergy sufferers… resulting in as much as 10 billion dollars annually in treatment costs in North America alone! 

   How often do doctors investigate or try any drug-free treatments…or offer something more substantial than merely advising you to avoid otherwise harmless foods and other substances your entire life? 
Most allergy sufferers turn to over-the-counter and prescription drugs, and/or allergy shots.  Others just continue to suffer—believing the myth that nothing can be done to solve the problem.  

   The conventional medical establishment has egotistically and selfishly convinced the public they know everything there is to know about allergies…and that their drugs are the finest treatments possible.  

   Oddly, people think their allergy shots and/or medications “work”…  even if they’ve been hooked on them for 5, 10, 15 years.  Sure, they work for as long as they’re being taken… but if discontinued, the allergy symptoms can return with a vengeance. 

      It appears that allergy sufferers cannot conceive of lasting relief—mainly because it has never been offered to them.  I understand that Soliman's Auricular Allergy Treatment (SAAT) sounds too simple and easy… and too good to be true.  The secret to resetting your nervous system and immune system to handle exposure to the allergens (irritating substances) that plague you is astonishingly simple and easy.  

   But it’s not something you will ever discover from the conventional, pharmaceutically-based medical community.  It’s not something you’ll discover by searching the Internet for allergists.  
And it’s not something you’ll discover from the vast majority of holistic and natural physicians, or acupuncturists either!

That’s why it’s called a secret.  Few people know about it, and even fewer know how to do it.  I am proud to have pursued the incredible research and techniques of Drs. Nogier and Soliman. 

  I suggest you check out my published research paper, which specifically reports 155 cases of Americans treated for allergy to red meat (known as alpha gal allergy), which is caused by tick bite. More publications and studies are in the making. Since beginning my clinical investigative study in 2019, I have treated well over 1,000 patients for this serious ailment, which affects countless millions of people worldwide.  

   There is also a Facebook group with thousands of members, which was started by one of my patients... dedicated to SAAT for this tick-borne meat allergy: Alpha Gal SAAT Remission

  Soliman Auricular Allergy Treatment has demonstrated lasting results for countless types of allergies.

Perhaps it's your turn to get helped, too.

  Consider this, if it pertains to you: Have the allergy medications (or shots) you take corrected your immune system’s exaggerated response to whatever substances irritate you?  

   If they did, would you still need them?

   They are a crutch that if taken away… will often cause you to fall.  Allergy medicines are designed to give you temporary relief of your symptoms—not to make you less allergic. 

   While the concept of allergy shots seems logical (injecting your body with a diluted version of the irritant—to train your immune system to stop over-reacting to the substance), many people take them for years, or indefinitely.

However, clinical experience has revealed that expertly administered stimulation of the tiny nerves of the skin of the outer ear through Soliman's Auricular Allergy Treatment (SAAT)... can provide lasting preventative and corrective treatment for numerous allergic reactions. 

   Perhaps you have used various over-the-counter and prescription allergy medications.  I do not dispute that they can help your nasal congestion. I understand that antihistamine drugs can bring needed relief.  And yes, I don’t doubt the relief that steroid-based drugs can also bring. 

   Have these medications haven’t exactly gotten rid of your allergies?  

   Look—even the top scientists and medical research institutions don’t completely understand the complex mechanisms of allergies.  Plus, there no money in cures!  If a drug was developed that permanently cured an allergy, do you think it would ever be put it on the market? 

   Research studies for allergy medicines are funded lavishly.  These drugs provide temporary symptomatic relief, thus by design, are intended for you to need permanently.  And as far as allergy shots go—you are told they will stimulate your immune system to get used to the allergen….

    But have they?

   Allergy shots are cleverly disguised as a preventative or corrective health approach. 
It seems odd that a treatment that can cause severe adverse reactions (including anaphylactic shock) should be portrayed as such. 

   Ask yourself this question: if you’ve been taking allergy shots for years… and you quit… can you be exposed to the allergens (eat the food, breath the air, deal with the pollen) without allergy symptoms? 

   On the other hand, for over 28 years, utilizing various techniques, I have had the privilege to see what the human body is capable of without drugs.  Thus, I never underestimate its healing power!  The SAAT ear acupuncture procedure I’m performing has been resulting in something that drug companies wish would never happen— people are having the cause of their allergies naturally corrected, long-term! 

   It is very inexpensive, and its results so far, have been permanent.   

   I accept the reality that very few people will believe that this method could work. Most will ignore it, and continue to suffer their allergies, consuming a fortune in symptom-masking, side-effect-causing drugs for the rest of their lives.  

   I am not naïve.  I am aware that the mere mention of the term, acupuncture will alone cause most Americans to tune out right away…certainly when it comes to allergies.  Plus, (and I know this is sounds odd and confusing) I am NOT technically treating allergies… I’m treating the nervous system of the PERSON who suffers from them. It’s a WELLNESS treatment, not an illness or disease treatment.  I am not injecting a chemical, nor am I giving you drugs. 

   Common Symptoms You May Have Never Been Told Were Allergy-Related

   Anaphylactic shock is the most obvious and severe allergy symptom, which of course, requires emergency medical attention.  However, allergic reactions come in many forms, some of which people may not realize are due to allergies at all.  

   It is extremely unrealistic to avoid allergens.  They are everywhere, and in everything!  Symptoms of allergies can include:

  • Skin: itching, hives, rashes, acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis
  • Swelling: face, lips, tongue, throat
  • Gastro-intestinal: pain, bloating, diarrhea, “irritable bowel syndrome,” vomiting
  • Lung and Sinus: nasal congestion, cough, wheezing, sinusitis, bronchitis
  • Neurological: headaches, tingling, dizziness, fainting
  • Emotional/Psychiatric: memory, behavioral & mood disturbances, depression, anxiety
  • Musculo-skeletal: joint stiffness and inflammation
  • Autoimmune conditions:  Lupus (SLE), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Alopecia areata (patchy hair loss), Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, and vitiligo.  With an autoimmune condition, one’s body actually attacks its own tissues—it develops an allergy to itself.

What Substances Can Cause Allergic Reactions?

    Allergies can be due to skin contact.
  Plants such as poison ivy don’t cause an allergic rash in everybody, but some people are so sensitive to it that they can have an itchy rash develop just being near it—the electromagnetic frequency of the plant is enough to trigger the allergy!  

   Skin contact allergies can come from chemicals, cosmetics, dyes, latex, and other substances.  Allergies can be environmental.  Well known allergens include: pollens, grasses, weeds, trees, dust mites, mold, insect parts, and animal proteins.  

   Allergic reactions can come from injected substances, such as: vaccines, hormones, insect venom, drugs, and even allergy shots!

    Millions of Americans suffer allergic reactions and other symptoms that are aggravated by otherwise nutritious foods.  Sometimes it is NOT the food itself, but rather something in the food.  

   Hold on to your hats… you’re not going to like this, but it’s true… some “food allergies” are actually due to insect parts or mold.  Many of the folks who are allergic to peanuts are really allergic to mold.  

   And if you seem to be allergic to chocolate… it may actually be a problem with proteins from cockroach parts!  Yuck.  

   The same applies for any tomato product, particularly ketchup.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows certain levels of such nasty things, because they are usually not harmful at all, plus it’s impossible to harvest any food crop without it. 

   By writing about this topic, and suggesting a method that technically, isn’t really an allergy treatment at all, in the conventional medical sense… I am going out on a limb.  I’m risking public and professional ridicule.  If this treatment fails to deliver results, the reputation that I’ve built over 28 years could go by the wayside.  Do you think I would risk tarnishing my reputation with something that was anything but effective?   It is NOT professionally legal for me to promise or guarantee results; no doctor is allowed to do that.  Wouldn’t it be fantastic if doctors, like other businesses, got paid based upon results?  I for one would love it… but we don’t. 

   The beauty of SAAT is that it is very low-cost… for lasting results.
 Allergy-related treatment has been costing as much as 10 billion dollars per year in North America (and rising), with no end in sight.  Food allergies alone result in an estimated 30,000 visits to American emergency rooms each year.  Cost estimates for the first year of allergy shots alone for an uninsured patient range from $700-2,000.  Even with insurance (after deductible) costs can in the thousands.

   But that doesn’t mean YOU have to continue doing what everybody else does, right?

   Isn’t it about time you tried treating your BODY instead of the allergy?  

   With my various natural health care procedures, my patients and I have had the unique opportunity to see the awesome healing power of the human body… that quite frankly, most doctors rarely see—because they are using chemical treatments that mask symptoms.  

   True healing is when your body fixes your problems.  I am humbled by the ingenious research of both Dr. Nogier and Dr. Soliman, and am privileged to carry on their work.

   With Soliman's Auricular Allergy Treatment, I can typically address several substances that you’re allergic to per treatment.   

   Keep in mind that ONE treatment is typically all that is needed for any particular allergy.  There is NO commitment.  You keep one or two tiny ear acupuncture needles taped to your ear for 3 weeks, and you avoid the allergen, to the best of your ability throughout that time.  That’s it… after just 3 weeks; you should be able to gradually expose yourself to the allergen… without trouble!

 Your Auricular Allergy Acupuncture (SAAT) evaluation

and treatment includes everything you need:  

Auricular Bio-Energetic Testing: This is the procedure developed by Dr. Paul Nogier in France during the 1960s… refined by Dr. Nader Soliman… and taught to me several years ago.  You’ll lie down comfortably on my examination and treatment table… and I’ll figure out your specific treatment needs.   

Auricular Allergy Acupuncture (SAAT): The tiny specialized ear acupuncture needles will be inserted. They are covered up by adhesive tapes and medical glue to hold them in place for 3 weeks.  It does NOT hurt. Perhaps a little pinch, if that much (I don't get any complaints!) and I do it for kids.

Although it is not covered by insurance, this is a very affordable treatment pursued by folks around the country of every level of income. Please call the Liebell clinic for fees, thanks! (757) 631-9799.

    Many patients have been pleasantly stunned by how inexpensive this treatment is... so much so... that it has contributed to it seeming too good to be true! 
Considering the obscene amounts of money that is spent on allergy treatment, and how mediocre and temporary the results are… a treatment capable of correcting the problem should command very stiff fees.  However, I would much rather help more PEOPLE overcome allergies, than charge a ridiculous fee.  So, I’ve set my fees for these services simply based on my time… not based upon the current exorbitant costs of conventional allergy treatment… not based upon the legitimate and proven value of my expertise, nor the time, money, and effort it has taken me to attain my knowledge and skills. 

   This way, I can help as many people as possible… in the shortest period of time… at the lowest cost that I can reasonably provide my care. 

   I want the opportunity to be “David” to the “Goliath” of chronic allergies—by compiling so many jaw-dropping case studies of natural allergy correction that the results will be “nothing to sneeze at!”  I plan on continuing to publish my results and research in medical journals.   

   I am licensed in acupuncture by the Virginia Board of Medicine.  This health science treats the body—not the illness.  The acupuncture procedure described in this article is not a direct treatment for allergies or their symptoms, by medical definition.  I am not claiming to “cure” allergies, nor is it within my scope of practice to administer drugs to reduce their symptoms.  No medicinal substances are injected or prescribed.  Auricular acupuncture is a whole-body, wellness based system of treatment that is intended as a support for natural healing.  I do not represent this method to discourage any other medical evaluation or treatment; it is for educational purposes.  An acute allergic attack should always be address by conventional medical means. Additionally, nobody should discontinue keeping emergency treatment such as Epi Pens and antihistamines handy.      

 If you are ready for help, it will be my privilege and joy to help you naturally stop over-reacting to the allergens that have been your arch nemesis.

Dr. Donald Liebell

Dr. Liebell’s ear acupuncture helped me with my seasonal allergies.

  I’m like 20 times better dealing

with Spring and Fall pollen.

  It was amazing that all it took

was one little acupuncture

needle and waiting 3 weeks. 

Damyen M., Virginia Beach

​​​​Dr. Donald Liebell
D.C., B.C.A.O.
Licensed by 
the Virginia Board 
of Medicine Since 1993

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