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Alpha-gal Allergy

Alpha-gal Allergy



Alpha-gal allergy is also known as “red meat allergy” or “mammalian meat allergy”.  It is an allergy to a sugar found in most mammals called galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose (alpha-gal for short).  Alpha-gal is not only found in the meat of mammals, it can be found in products derived from mammals.  This includes some cosmetics, medications, personal hygiene products, vaccines, and more.  Due to the large number of items containing alpha-gal, it can be very difficult to avoid it.

Alpha-gal allergy has been linked to the bites of lone star ticks.  Research is now pointing to the idea that other insects, such as chiggers can trigger an alpha-gal allergy.  Not everyone develops an allergy to alpha-gal after a bite, as there are a multitude of factors involved for the allergy to occur.  This includes genetics, overall immune health, and other environmental factors.

Treatment for Alpha-gal Allergy

At Franklin Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine, we offer Soliman Auricular Allergy Treatment (SAAT) for the treatment of Alpha-gal allergy.  SAAT was developed by Dr. Nader Soliman, an innovator in the field of auricular (ear) acupuncture.  This method of allergy desensitization provides unparalleled results for alpha-gal allergy.

What does SAAT entail?

  • The consultation, testing, and treatment is completed at the initial visit.
  • Previous allergy test results are not required prior to having SAAT at Franklin Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine, but they are welcomed. 
  • The treatment process involves the insertion of tiny (3mm) needles into the ear.  Each needle is covered by a small piece of medical adhesive tape and is left in the ear for three weeks.  

What are the Typical Results of SAAT for Alpha-gal?


98 percent success rate after one treatment for a particular allergen.

Definition of success: 

Franklin Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine has observed a 95% percent success rate in patients who follow post-treatment instructions.  This success rate is typically observed after the first round of treatment.  However, some patients may require subsequent treatments.  Complete desensitization to alpha-gal typically takes place between two and five weeks after removal of the needles.  Some alpha-gal cases may require one or two follow-up treatments, but this is not the majority of the cases.


1) Initial visit (consult, testing, and acupuncture treatment): $300

2) Sublingual spray for alpha-gal: $75

3) Re-check visit: $50

4) Phone follow-up: $25

Total cost to be paid at time of initial visit: $450 plus tax for sublingual spray

All patients will be checked for mast cell activation syndrome.  Mast cell activation syndrome is an allergic/inflammatory condition.  The detection of mast cell activation syndrome will result in further treatment and an increased price for treatment.    


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