​​​​The Remarkable Non-Invasive and

Drug-Free Treatments for Sufferers of Trigeminal Neuralgia Your Doctor Probably Has Never Considered  

   By Dr. Donald Liebell

  Doctors diagnose it as Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN).  Some call it Tic douloureaux … and victims of it often, sadly refer to it as the “Suicide Disease.”  If you are one of thousands of people burdened by this extremely severe nerve condition, which results in stabbing or electric pain in the face, mouth, and head—you need no reminder how little is known about it…and how little help is available.

     The purpose of this article is to inform you about methods that are indeed liberating TN sufferers from the “prison” of pain.  These are all non-surgical and drug-free approaches!   

     Perhaps you have failed to get any significant or lasting results from various pain medications, as an attempt to chemically mask the gruesome pain, which can be triggered by the slightest touch, chewing, laughing, brushing teeth, etc.  Many of these prescription drugs are actually meant to treat seizures or depression.  If you are like some victims of Trigeminal Neuralgia, you have also tried one or more of the radiation or surgical procedures that have been recently offered, but with little or no success. 

     The pain of trigeminal neuralgia is caused by

interference to the trigeminal nerve.  It is the fifth

cranial nerve, which transmits pain and other

sensations from the brain to your face, including

the surface of your eye.  The nerve is also involved

with your chewing muscles, as well as sensations of

pressure and temperature.  In many cases, all of the

diagnostic tests, including MRI, CT scans, and various

neurological technologies, do not even reveal any

physical evidence to explain the pain.  Tests merely

rule out the presence of suspected causes, such as

tumor or other growths. Although there are various

hypotheses on the causes of Trigeminal Neuralgia

kicking around medical circles, there is no agreement. 

     The bottom line is that trigeminal neuralgia is essentially a name that is given to a set of symptoms.  Of course, giving your debilitating pain a fancy Latin name, changes nothing for you.  Your choices seem to be drugs and surgery.

     Realistic Hope for Relief Without Drugs or Surgery

     In my practice, I have had considerable success helping people with Trigeminal Neuralgia.  Each patient has different treatment requirement, but I will address the methods by which I have commonly achieved some stunning results.

     Non-invasive Upper Neck Corrective Procedures

     Interference to blood vessels and/or nerves at the base of the skull has been implicated as a cause of TN.  Unfortunately for sufferers of trigeminal neuralgia, the mainstream medical community has focused their efforts on pharmaceutical and surgical approaches to treat it.  This is a pity, since many patients have been helped tremendously by a drugless and non-surgical procedure called Atlas Orthogonal.  

     This sophisticated treatment is endorsed in the book, “Striking Back -the Trigeminal Neuralgia Handbook” published by the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association in the year 2000.  I am sad to say that few doctors even know about Atlas Orthogonal, so it’s unlikely you’ve been told to investigate it.  An entire article (with videos) is dedicated to this procedure, which could very likely play a major role in bringing you lasting relief.

  If you do not live in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area, I recommend you seek an upper neck specialist at the following website, which maintains an international directory of doctors, plus other excellent information: http://www.upcspine.com/prac1.asp

    Auricular Therapy: Specialized Ear Acupuncture

     Acupuncture has been successful for many sufferers of TN.  There are substantial numbers of successes reported in the Chinese medical literature, but not much in English.  Success of course, depends on the patient, the methods being used, as well as the skill of the practitioner.  Auricular Therapy is a sub-specialty of acupuncture, which was developed initially in France, by famed neurologist, Paul Nogier, MD. This is the method I use in my practice with great success, for people with supposedly incurable chronic pain—including trigeminal neuralgia.  An entire series of articles is devoted to this subject.  

   Cold Laser Therapy

    Low Level Light Therapy, also known as Cold Laser Therapy has been an incredible resource for many of my trigeminal neuralgia patients.  This safe, completely painless, and non-invasive treatment technology works on the cellular level.  A comprehensive article is devoted to Cold Laser Therapy on this website.

    Homeopathic Bio-energetic Supplementation

     Homeopathic medicine has been an important part of the success of many of my patients.  Homeopathic type supplements are patient-specific treatments that involve electromagnetic frequencies rather than chemicals.  This is also explained in detail in a separate article on this website.

     Obviously, I cannot promise or guarantee you that I can help you with your Trigeminal Neuralgia.  However, I have helped most of the patients who have come to me with this horrible condition.  Perhaps you will have the chance to finally get the relief you deserve.  



-Dr. Donald Liebell 

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does not begin to express

my gratitude for giving

me my life back  

"I was told in 2005 that I had Trigeminal Neuralgia and

there was no cure for it... I am so grateful that I found

a professional who is truly interested in the whole patient.

  Dr. Liebell and his caring staff make me feel like family

 and I KNOW they are committed to my well being.  

I am not just an insurance number, but a friend they

care about.  That's important to me!  For the past three

years I have gladly driven the hour it takes me to

get to his office and even look forward to it! 

Would I recommend my friend, my doctor?  

When Dr. Liebell first saw me my pain level

was a "10+", I'm now at a "1" or "2".  

My doctor doesn't like to brag on himself,

but I am more than HAPPY to!

- Joanna Crawford,
Newport News, VA

  "When I cancelled plans to commit suicide [due to TN pain] in 1997, I had no idea we would eventually help thousands of people around the world get their normal lives back, too.

    "After years of an embittered battle with “the Beast”, I decided to relinquish the war I’d fought for over a decade, and take my own life. After a 12-year mêlée with the agony of Trigeminal Neuralgia, Such unbearable pain robbed me of hope, and all desire to live.   

One night my wife Rhonda heard a radio broadcast by a motivated woman who shared her remarkable, emotion-packed story of a relatively unknown scientific procedure which reduced her crippling misery with Fibromyalgia, eventually restoring her to a pre-agony state of being.  This turned out to be the very procedure that ultimately ended my pain and eventually brought back my life. My wife scheduled a meeting with an upper cervical doctor (doctor specializing in the upper neck) close to our home.

- James Tomasi
Trigeminal Neuralgia Survivor
Author, "What Time Tuesday"

"I now feel that I have a great

life ahead of me, and I've

recommended so many others already"

"I was diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia. It began in August 2006, about eight months after a routine dental visit… I had to quit working because of the constant pain…  By this time, I was depressed, I was only 24 years old, but living day and night with pain this intense was unbearable. And living the rest of my life taking handfuls of pain pills just to take the edge off of the pain was really no life at all… After a thorough upper cervical [neck] exam, the doctor showed me that I had a severe atlas misalignment that was causing my facial pain. After the first treatment, I began to feel a cooling sensation on the right side of my face, and an immediate decrease in the pain level. This began to give me something that I had lost hope…  After about a month of treatment, the pain was not returning with anywhere near the intensity or frequency that it originally had. I felt an 80% improvement in my pain! I am still under care, but when I am in adjustment, I am pain free, and I don t need to be adjusted as often. I no longer need to take pain medicine." 

Angela Griffith, TN Patient,
TNA, the Facial Pain Association

 Dear Dr. Liebell,

Will you post that it [ear acupuncture, Atlas Orthogonal, and cold laser] helped Holley's facial pain but needs continued treatments after detox, I 

did see an improvement with just two visits. We had to put Holley in a detox rehab for 7 days, she was on a lot of meds as you know,  When she is stable we are checking into a chronic pain and addiction rehabilitation clinic [in Texas] that uses acupuncture and atlas orthogonal. Thanks! - Joyce