Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and how Acupuncture can help

mast cell activation syndrome

Background on Mast Cell Activation Syndrome

Mast cell activation syndrome is also known as MCAS. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) web page on Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) explains that mast cells are cells in the body that are responsible for allergic reactions. Mast cells release molecules called mediators that cause allergic symptoms. These cells can act abnormally and release mediators when they normally wouldn’t. Mast cells can also mutate and produce populations of identical cells. MCAS occurs when someone experiences repeated high levels of mast cell mediators and resulting allergic symptoms that are not directly related to a specific allergy or any other known condition that would activate normal mast cells. Allergists and Immunologists diagnose MCAS with a blood test. Current treatment focuses on providing the patient relief.


Symptoms of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome

A patient experiencing MCAS will have repeated episodes of anaphylaxis symptoms. This commonly includes a rapid heart rate, low blood pressure, and the patient may also pass out. The patient may develop a rash, hives, red skin, itchy skin, or swelling. Breathing issues can present with wheezing, shortness of breath, or swelling of the throat. Also, gastrointestinal tract symptoms may occur including abdominal pain with cramps, diarrhea, nausea, and / or vomiting. In addition, WebMD has detailed information about symptoms in their article What Is Mast Cell Activation Syndrome?


Potential triggers

Dr. Nader Soliman of the Soliman Wellness Center in Maryland is a pioneer in MCAS treatment. Dr. Soliman identified a number of potential triggers for MCAS. Here are some of the many potential triggers he identified:

  • Environmental: Mold, dust, heavy metals, animal dander, pollen, extreme temperatures, sun exposure, barometric pressure changes, insect bites, insecticides, fungicides, pesticides.
  • Physical: Exercise, stress, pressure or vibration on the skin, make-up, dyes.
  • Foods: any food high in histamines,  alcohol, milk, eggs, fish.


The Soliman Auricular Allergy Treatment (SAAT)

Dr. Nader Soliman created and patented a groundbreaking technique called the Soliman Auricular Allergy Treatment (SAAT).  SAAT is a simple technique. This technique has been proven to bring relief to allergic symptoms as well as MCAS. The treatment utilizes a small needle retained in the ear with medical adhesive tape. Then, after the treatment, the needle stays in the ear for a period of 3-4 weeks.  Dr. Soliman employs this technique with great success for over 15 years now.


We are very excited to offer the SAAT treatment at HAVEN Acupuncture. SAAT became popular as a treatment for the alpha gal allergy.  Similarly, it is a great treatment option for MCAS. Want to talk about your specific needs and how acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help you? We’d love to hear from you. Reach out and email us through our website or call or text us at 910-622-4269.


About the Author

Ericca Burke is the owner of HAVEN Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine. She studied SAAT directly from Dr. Soliman, and she is a certified SAAT practitioner. Ericca sees patients at her office in Wilmington, NC. Click this link to read more about Ericca. 


About HAVEN Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine in Wilmington, NC

HAVEN Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine is an acupuncture and Chinese medicine practice located in Wilmington, NC just minutes from beautiful Wrightsville Beach. Click this link for contact information and directions. Click this link for a listing and description of services offered.