New Treatment for Chronic Dry Mouth
Developed by a U.S. Air Force Oncologist
Has Patients Salivating
By Dr. Donald Liebell
If you’ve got chronic dry mouth, eating has become a major chore. Simply swallowing is a nightmare. It causes bad breath, nutritional problems and can even cause cavities and other dental problems. The medical term for dry mouth is Xerostomia. If you suffer its miserable effects, this will be the most exciting and literally “mouth-watering” article you will read.
Contrary to popular belief, dry mouth is not a normal part of aging. It’s actually an extremely common side effect of more than 1,800 prescription and over-the-counter medications. Dry mouth is an expected side effect of chemotherapy and radiation treatments for cancer. While these drugs typically do not harm the salivary glands directly;they do impair their nerve supply.
Xerostomia can also be caused by underlying disease, such as Sjogren’s syndrome, Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid dysfunction, or poorly controlled diabetes. Head or neck trauma, or direct injury to the salivary glands can be a factor. Treatment failure rate of Xerostomia has been notoriously high.
But there’s good news.
Radiation oncologist, Dr. Richard Niemtzow revealed a simple, yet stunningly effective treatment protocol, which involves ear and hand acupuncture. He found it to be effective even after treatments with the traditional medication, Pilocarpine had failed. The treatment can be done with or without needles. Although it certainly does not work for every patient, the success rate is extraordinarily high. Most cases require two initial treatment sessions within a 24-hour period. Some patients require additional treatment, while others none at all.
I am proud to provide this amazing ear and hand acupuncture treatment, which can be performed either with electrical acupuncture or traditional needles.
This treatment 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 Xerostomia 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 of dry mouth!
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. The dry mouth acupuncture protocol is a
specific protocol developed from Nogier's work.
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 auricular therapy for several years. 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 mouth should understand that it is a complementary or supportive treatment and not a replacement for comprehensive medical evaluation and treatment. We are using a holistic approach to enable your body to restore normal function. It is not technically a direct treatment for any medical condition. Nevertheless, it is incredibly effective to trigger normal salivary function. In most cases, 2 treatment sessions are needed, performed on consecutive days. Each treatment takes 45-60 minutes.
Our extraordinary results with chronic cases of dry mouth prompted WAVY-TV 10 to interview my patients and me. Watch the video of the news segment! For a detailed article on ear acupuncture (3-Phase Auricular Therapy), click HERE
Dr. Donald Liebell
WAVY-TV 10 News Reports on
Acupuncture for Chronic Dry Mouth
Dr. Donald Liebell
the Virginia Board
of Medicine Since 1993
Donald K. Liebell, D.C., B.C.A.O.
477 Viking Drive Suite 170
Virginia Beach VA 23452
8:30AM - 6:30PM M,W,F
(and by Special Appointment)
The Liebell Clinic: Chronic Pain & Wellness Solutions
I'm here to help, and I'll be glad to personally answer your questions. Please type your first name in the box on the contact form. Please check the box to receive email updates to give me permission to correspond with you by email, and type your question in the message box.
I respond to questions in the order I receive them,
usually within 1-3 business days. My responses are for
general information only, and must not be considered as
advice for specific medical treatment or diagnosis
. For appointments, please call my office at: (757) 631-9799.
Your email address or other information is confidential; I will never share it with anyone, nor will it be used for any form of solicitation. I look forward to your questions!
Natural & holistic, whole-person, wellness-based Healthcare - Drug-Free & Non-Surgical Pain Relief
[University of Texas
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Supports the Dry Mouth Acupuncture Protocol
"We found incorporating acupuncture alongside radiation therapy diminished the incidence and severity of this side effect,” says the study’s principal investigator Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D., professor in MD Anderson’s departments of General Oncology and Behavioral Science, and director of the Integrative Medicine Program."
The Liebell Clinic: 477 Viking Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23452 (757) 631-9799 www.LiebellClinic.com