Deer Antler Velvet

Latin name: Cervus elaphus L., Cervus nippon temmiinck, Cornu cervi parvum
Chinese name: lu rong

What is Deer Antler Velvet?
Deer antler velvet refers to the entire antler, not just the velvety surface. To obtain the antlers, the deer are not killed. Rather, the antler is cut off near the base, before they reach their full length, because the antlers would be too calcified by that point. The deer regrow their antlers every year. While the process is of some discomfort to the deer, it is not mortally harmful.

What are the health benefits of Deer Antler Velvet?
Deer antler velvet is one of the most commonly used tonic substances in Chinese herbal medicine, second only to ginseng. Its primary use is to increase fertility in men and women and to improve sexual performance in men. It is also considered a warming substance and therefore treats symptoms like chronic cold hands and feet. Deer antler also treats fatigue, lightheadedness, ringing in the ears, and weakness in the lower back and knees.

What are the guidelines for taking Deer Antler Velvet?
When beginning to take deer antler velvet, it is important to start with a smaller dose and work your way up. Otherwise, you may cause too much energy to rise in the body, leading to symptoms like dizziness and red eyes.

Where can I find Deer Antler Velvet?
Deer antler velvet is available sliced, in capsules, as a tincture, and as a powder, and can be found online through herb suppliers or at the offices of Chinese medical practitioners.

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