alpha gal allergy

A Brief Guide to Alpha Gal Allergy

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The use of acupuncture in the US has increased in recent years from approximately 4% of Americans or 8.19 million patients to 6% or 14 million patients.

The power of this ancient Chinese technique is becoming more and more apparent. It’s now used to treat a wide range of conditions, including food allergies.

One of the rarest is known as an Alpha-Gal allergy. The condition is triggered by tick bites and causes sensitivity to meat and animal-based products.

Read on to learn how a new acupuncture technique known as Soliman Auricular Allergy Treatment (SAAT) can provide relief.  

What Is An Alpha-Gal Allergy?

Alpha-Gal syndrome affects approximately 3% of the population. It’s also known as Alpha-Gal allergy or MMA or mammalian meat allergy.

The condition is typically triggered by a bite from certain tick species, such as the lone star or black-legged tick. When it sucks blood, it injects a sugar known as galactose-alpha-1, 3-galactose, or alpha-gal for short.

Alpha-Gal is a meat allergy because it makes you sensitive to this sugar which is found in almost all mammals. It’s also a type of dairy allergy because the same sugar is found in animal products such as milk. 

Symptoms of Alpha-Gal syndrome include:

  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Low blood pressure
  • Dizziness or fainting

Remember that there’s a difference between a food allergy and food intolerance.

If your body’s intolerant of a certain type of food, you’ll experience mild digestive upsets such as gas, diarrhea, or bloating. Eliminating the offending food from your diet can relieve the symptoms. 

If you’re allergic to a food, you could experience more dangerous symptoms including anaphylaxis, a severe reaction that requires immediate medical care.

This difference in severity explains why it’s important to determine whether you have a food intolerance or an Alpha-Gal allergy. It lets you know what type of treatment you may need. 

How Can I Get Alpha-Gal Treatment?

There are no currently accepted forms of Alpha-Gal treatment in western medicine. TCM or traditional Chinese medicine stepped up to provide relief. Acupuncture has been a part of it for centuries. A revolutionary new form known as Soliman Auricular Allergy Treatment (SAAT) is the best solution for Alpha-Gal symptoms. 

Treatment begins with a consultation and evaluation. The next step is to insert up to 4 small 3mm needles in your body, 1 for each allergen. 

The needles are then covered with medical adhesive and tape and left alone for 3 weeks. This helps reset the body’s immune response so that it won’t react negatively to the Alpha-Gal sugars in food. The needles are eventually removed, but it can take up to 5 weeks to feel the full effects.

Where Can I Get Alpha-Gal Treatment?

Acupuncture is growing in popularity due to its effectiveness in treating a range of conditions. It’s especially effective at reducing the symptoms of food allergies.

Alpha-Gal syndrome is one of the rarest and most difficult to treat. Soliman Auricular Allergy Treatment (SAAT) is a specialized form of acupuncture that can relieve symptoms.

Acupuncture Works is full of experienced professionals who’ll use the ancient technique of acupuncture to provide relief for whatever’s ailing you. Book an appointment today.

Meet Our Expert: Deborah Farley

Deborah FarleyFounder of Acupuncture Works,LLC in Lynchburg Virginia. Deborah is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Medicine as a Licensed Acupuncturist (L. Ac.).

She is also licensed by the State of Florida as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM). Deborah is a Diplomate of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

She graduated from the East West College of Natural Medicine with a Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine and a Bachelor’s Degree of Professional Health Sciences.

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