​Donald K. Liebell, DC, BCAO

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Virginia Beach VA 23452 
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      ​New Dry Eyes Treatment Developed 
by a U.S. Air Force Oncologist 
Has Patients Shedding Tears of Joy


By Dr. Donald Liebell

   ​                                                                                                                               If you have been suffering from chronic dry eyes, and you've been trying "artificial tears,"                                                                          humidifiers, prescription drugs, and/or surgical interventions without success, this may be the                                                                    most exciting and literally tear jerking article you will read.   

                                                                 The medical term for dry eyes is Xerophthalmia (Greek for dry eyes!).  It can be caused by                                                                        many things.  Possible causes include vitamin A deficiency, as well as diseases that affect the                                                                    whole body, such as: Sjogren's syndrome (an autoimmune disorder that attacks moisture                                                                          producing glands) Lupus, hypothyroidism and rheumatoid arthritis.  It may also be the side                                                                      effect of many medications such as nasal decongestants, anti-depressants, and tranquilizers, as                                                                  well as chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

     If you're plagued by this irritating problem, you've quite likely been a slave to eye drops.  However they have been most likely not been curative, providing only temporary symptomatic relief.      

Eye-opening News 

    U.S. Air Force Radiation oncologist, Dr. Richard Niemtzow developed a simple, yet stunningly effective treatment protocol, which involves ear and hand acupuncture.   He found it to be effective even after traditional treatments had failed.  The treatment can be done with or without needles.  The procedure is very similar for restoring function for people with both dry eyes and dry mouth 

    Although it certainly does not work for every patient, the success rate is extraordinarily high.  Results may last weeks, months, or permanently.  Most cases require only two treatment sessions within a 24-hour period.  Some patients require additional treatment, while others none at all. 

     This acupuncture protocol has been studied at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center of the University of Texas.  It has been published in several medical journals including, Cancer, the International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics, Clinical Journal of Oncological Nursing, the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, and the Journal of Palliative Care.

     Origins of the New Treatment

     During the Vietnam War, there was some American exposure to acupuncture, but never an official government program to make use of the ancient healing art.  Colonel (Dr.) Richard Niemtzow is actually a traditionally trained radiation oncologist, researcher, forensic examiner and has served as a Chief Flight Surgeon in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm.  But around 1994, while stationed at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey, he began studying acupuncture.  In 1998 the Colonel was appointed as the United States Military’s first full-time acupuncturist.  

     In the year 2000 Dr. Niemztow was invited by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center to go

to Shanghai to introduce his dry mouth and dry eyes acupuncture approach to the Chinese.

This was a historic event—an American doctor showing the Chinese how to do acupuncture!

The Chinese’s reception to Dr. Niemtzow was cold, even mocking—until he delivered stunning

results on some of their worst cases!  Dr. Niemtzow told me that through his interpreters the

Chinese remarked, “We should be ashamed of ourselves… after 3,000 years, it took an American

to discover this!”  This actually wasn't the first time the Chinese were exposed to a new application

of acupuncture by a foreigner.  In the 1950s, Paul Nogier, M.D. of France introduced the Chinese

to the principles of ear acupuncture, or Auricular Therapy, as a total-body system of treatment.

     By 2002, Dr. Niemtzow became Consultant for Alternative and Complementary Medicine to the

Air Force Surgeon General.  He established the acupuncture clinic at Andrews Air Force Base.  I have

been privileged to one of the few civilian doctors to be personally trained by Dr. Niemtzow.  When I

met the Colonel, I had already been successfully practicing ear acupuncture for several years, under

the tutelage of Nader Soliman, M.D., America’s foremost authority on the specialty of ear acupuncture.

  I was thrilled to add Dr. Niemtzow’s dry mouth and eyes protocol immediately in my practice.  It is

always thrilling to be able to have new applications for old, or in the case of acupuncture, ancient

technologies, as part of a holistic approach to health care.  Anybody who is considering this treatment

for dry eyes or dry mouth should understand that it is a complementary or supportive treatment and

not a replacement for comprehensive medical evaluation and treatment.​ In most cases, one or two 

treatment sessions are needed. Each treatment session takes 30-60 minutes.​

                                                                                Dr. Donald Liebell 

WAVY-TV 10 News

Reports on Dry Mouth


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