Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
About Auricular Therapy (Ear Acupuncture)
"What Does Auricular Therapy Feel Like?"
You don’t feel much at all. Needles may have little sensation to a small, quick pinch. Most children even permit them! If pellets or seeds are use, you’ll feel some pressure and that’s it. The NET2000 instrument is used to scan the necessary regions of your ear to locate the area for placement. Once I find each point, it is treated electrically prior to the application of a seed, metal pellet or acupuncture needle.
"How many treatment sessions are necessary?"
Frequency is extremely case dependent. There is no set number of treatments for any health condition treated through Auricular Therapy. Most people who are suffering chronic effects of tick-triggered illness require a treatment every 2 months. Others require more. It depends on what is being treated. If one is careful to not wash or rub off the semi-permanent ear acupuncture needles, treatment is continual for several weeks. Some conditions require multiple treatments spread over time. Electrical stimulation treatments may be done more frequently.
"How long is a typical treatment session?"
A typical treatment, which includes evaluation, electrical stimulation and needles placement requires 10-20 minutes, depending on your needs. Auricular Therapy is included as part of your bio-energetic testing evaluation and all re-evaluations.
"How fast are results?"
The range of responses is of course, varied. Sometimes a patient suffering from severe pain will notice mild to marked reduction of pain after or even during the first session. This reduction in their pain experience can actually improve for the next several hours to weeks after treatment. Like any treatment, its effectiveness depends on the severity and/or duration of the condition treated, extent of damage, etc. It’s important to understand that the goal of auricular therapy is to detect and eliminate energy imbalances in your body… and “jumpstart” normal function. Some patients can have one application to eliminate a problem. Others may require several different patterns of points to treat different areas of the body over time.
"Are there any reasons NOT to have Auricular Therapy?"
As with other forms of traditional acupuncture, there are few reasons to avoid auricular therapy. Also, pain is an important indicator of deeper problems in some cases. It is important not to try to cover up the pain associated with a deeper underlying problem without sufficient diagnostic information. We shouldn’t treat any pain needed to limit range of movement of an injured area of the body.
Although no evidence of problems exists, we avoid electrical acupuncture for pregnant women, and for those who have a cardiac pace maker. Needles should may not be used if a person has a bleeding disorder. I do NOT use Auricular Therapy as a replacement for necessary traditional medical care. It is a form of complementary medicine only.
"Are there any potential side effects from Auricular Therapy?"
Because tenderness of ear points is one of the primary diagnostic features of this method, soreness on the ear points can sometimes continue for a while after the treatment. Also, in the case of a chronic condition, one may experience a retracing of symptoms. In other words, in some cases a patient may feel their body going through symptoms that took place during a condition’s development—a reversal of symptoms, rather than an immediate pain relief. Remember that Eastern medicine seeks to trigger natural healing responses, rather than mask symptoms.
"Can I Get Addicted to Auricular Therapy?"
No. Auricular Therapy is a non-addictive healing tool that you can use in your healing, revitalization, recovery, and in your life. You may become ACCUSTOMED to the benefits that ear acupuncture offers and look forward to treatments much in the same way that people look forward to chiropractic adjustments, exercise, good nutrition, etc. Sure, you may seek Auricular therapy as an ongoing means of naturally treating problems or injuries should they come up. My entire family seeks this phenomenal health approach as part of our preventative and naturally curative lifestyle. I am eternally grateful that I found out about Auricular Therapy, because my whole family would still have Lyme disease.
"What happens if my ear acupuncture needles fall off?"
The goal is for the treatment needles or pellets to stay on for several days or more. If you are careful, they can remain for up to 4 weeks. If one is careful not to scrub them off in the shower or toweling dry, they can stay on a long time. If they do fall off too soon, new ones might need to be applied. This should not require more than a brief session, since a full evaluation and exam is not necessary.
"Can I receive Auricular treatment at the Liebell Clinic if I live out of the Virginia Beach Area?"
Yes. Many people travel long distances and from out-of-state for treatment. Since I can apply semi-permanent needles, it is the perfect treatment for such circumstances.
Auricular therapy is a phenomenal pain-relieving, natural health approach. It’s promising to discover that more Americans are embracing energy medicine with open arms. My patients no longer view these treatment techniques and practices as alternative at all. One might wonder, alternative to what? Drugs and surgery? It seems that the term, alternative might suggest such practices are inferior, weird, unproven or unscientific. If one has such treatments only once traditional American medicine has failed, then perhaps they are appropriately named.
Practices such as acupuncture, including Auricular therapy are standard practices in many nations worldwide—nations healthier and longer lived than the United States.
I'm proud to be helping people with supposedly "hopeless" conditions with the aid of auricular therapy, in combination with my other drug-free procedures.
If you're tired of the "drugs & surgery" approach to health, Auricular therapy may be the right approach for you. Why wait for the "mainstream" American health care system to catch up... help is available right NOW!
Dr. Donald Liebell
D.C., B.C.A.O., B.A.
Licensed by the
of Medicine Since 1993
The Liebell Clinic: Chronic Pain & Wellness Solutions
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)
No Antibiotics... No Drugs... No Side Effects...
No Controversy... No Politics...
Just Help for People From Coast-to-Coast, Who Suffer the Chronic Effects
of Lyme Disease & Other Tick-Triggered Illness (After All Else Has Failed)
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