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
"Patients who received ear acupuncture with relaxation points reported
significantly lower levels of anxiety after the intervention as compared with
the Control group... this intervention may be used for patients who are anxious
but reluctant to accept a pharmacologic intervention.
-The Use of Auricular Acupuncture to Reduce Preoperative Anxiety, ANESTHESIA ANALGESIA
2001;93:1178–80 Shu-Ming Wang, MD*, Carol Peloquin, MD*, and Zeev N. Kain, MD*†‡
Departments of *Anesthesiology, †Pediatrics, and ‡Child Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine
and Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut
"The application of auricular acupressure at specific therapeutic points significantly reduces the opioid analgesia requirement and improves the
knee motion in patients with total knee replacement."
- Auricular acupressure for managing postoperative pain and knee motion in patients with total knee replacement: a randomized sham control study
Chang, Ling-Hua; Hsu, Chung-Hua; Jong, Gwo-Ping; Ho, Shungtai;
Tsay, Shi Luan;Lin, Kuan-Chia
Reap the Benefits of
Pre & Post-Surgical
By Dr. Donald Liebell
If you’re going to have surgery, you may benefit from ear acupuncture—both before and after your operation. This is not just a finding reported by Chinese medical doctors and acupuncturists… it has been confirmed by various American studies published in medical journals! For example, a 2007 Duke University Medical Center study revealed that fewer painkilling drugs were needed by surgical patients when acupuncture was provided.
Fewer drugs… means fewer side effects.
The beauty is that it doesn’t matter what type of surgery you’re having. Acupuncture provides a stimulus to the nervous system and the immune system, which is critical to recovery. Surgery is traumatic to the body—even though it is intended to be helpful, and to reduce pain and illness. Acupuncture has been shown to help the body deal with stress, anxiety, nausea, dizziness, itching, incontinence, and pain after surgery.
Acupuncture can also be beneficial for dealing with post-surgical scar tissue. Depending on the type of surgery done, acupuncture needles can be placed around the incision area (a few weeks after surgery) to reduce keloid/scar formation.
Many of the physician acupuncturists in the United States are anesthesiologists. They have been instrumental in observing the benefits of pre and post-surgery acupuncture. I have had the great privilege of being trained in acupuncture and homeopathic medicine by Dr. Nader Soliman, a Rockville, Maryland anesthesiologist. Dr. Soliman has served as president of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, and has had considerable success with pre and post-surgical acupuncture.
The surgery-related acupuncture approach he and I utilize is called 3-phase auricular therapy ear acupuncture. One of the great advantages of this acupuncture specialty is the unique ability to treat points that directly correlate with the organ, tissue, or structure for which surgery is being performed. In traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture, there is no anatomical point for each part of the body.
For example, if you are having knee surgery, we would prior to the operation, place a semi-permanent intra-dermal ear acupuncture needle in the knee zone of the ear. The needle could stay in place for several days before surgery, removed during the surgery… and replaced during recovery. Additional ear acupuncture could be performed to address pain.
If you’re having surgery, make sure you let me know what you’re having done, so I can provide the appropriate auricular therapy (ear acupuncture), to support your speedy recovery.
Dr. Donald Liebell
Natural & holistic, whole-person, wellness-based Healthcare - Drug-Free & Non-Surgical Pain Relief
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"3-phase Auricular Therapy, post-operative, decreases pain and swelling,
helps absorb blood, improves healing, and decreases need for various medications"
- Nader Soliman, M.D. - Anesthesiologist, Medical Acupuncturist, President, American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (2003-2005), President, Alternative Medicine Seminars
"Patients often present in a physician's office for acupuncture when
traditional approaches to pain management have failed. While there is
a paucity of controlled studies, medical acupuncture has proven useful
in the management of both acute and chronic pain."
- Journal: Medical Acupuncture "Acupuncture For Post-Surgical Pain"
Summer 2000- Volume 12 / Number 1
Denise McKee, MD, Holly Rooney, MD. Dr. McKee is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.
The Liebell Clinic: 477 Viking Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23452 (757) 631-9799 www.LiebellClinic.com