Deer Antler Velvet Benefits
Physicians in Asia have been aware of deer antler velvet and have used it as a health and energy tonic for over 3000 years. It is now becoming known in the western countries.
Interestingly, deer antler velvet is not a plant but is still considered to be a traditional Chinese medicinal ‘herb’.
Deer antler velvet is a unique in that it is able to completely regenerate each year including the bone and tissue.
Don’t be alarmed that the deer could be harmed during the removal of the velvet. The Antler Velvet is humanely and in a safe manner removed from Moose, Caribou, Deer or Elk. It grows back again and is harvested again at a later date.
Russia realized the velvet’s healing possibilities during the 1840’s and boosted deer production during that time. Due to the popularity and endurance of this product, scientific research was begun in the early 1930’s in Russia.
Chinese medicine traditionally used Deer Antler Velvet according to the yang deficiency principle for ailments including depression, lower back pain, colds, weak pulse, low white blood cell counts and exhaustion. Another benefit has been to promote a quick recovery from sickness.
It is thought that antler velvet works interactively as a whole for it’s healing properties rather than one individual component.
Modern day research is studying the benefits of deer antler velvet in sustaining the performance of the immune system and to rejuvenate the entire body.
History reports that several Olympic athletes have used the velvet to bring the body to its prime physical performance. This also supports the traditional use of this ‘herb’ for enhancing muscular strength, endurance, restoring memory levels and possibly improving sexual function. It has also been used in the hopes it would support the growth of cells for connective tissue and cartilage as well.
Deer antler velvet benefits are also marketed with unproven claims that the tonic may assist in improving low libido while supporting better performance.
Asian herbalists often use it to treat E.D. in men and infertility problems in women. It is now commercialized and available as a common enhancer, available around the globe. There are no medical studies to prove these claims so even though the use has been part of Chinese medicine for thousands of years, in the west at the moment any health effects are considered speculative.
On the other hand, recent research has shown deer antler velvet to contain prostaglandins, which are important to cell function control and which affect the body’s response to inflammation, infection and pain.
This advantageous element along with others may explain the traditional belief in Chinese herbal medicine that deer antler velvet may help rebuild joint cartilage, lubricate the joints, regulate bone growth, encourage tissue healing and cell repair, relieve arthritis symptoms and increase muscle efficiency. It is also said to improve circulation and help the body to resist disease and injury.
Deer antler velvet also contains notable amounts of all the essential amino acids, calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc and Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids. Consult your doctor and a herbalist before trying a deer antler velvet powder product.
With a wide range of potential health benefits, deer antler velvet is becoming a common fixture on store shelves. As always, consult your physician and an experienced herbalist before using any dietary or herbal supplement.
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