Deer Antler Velvet Overview

Deer Antler Velvet Overview

In the United States, the North American elk and red deer, members of the Cervus species, are farmed to produce deer antler velvet teas, extracts, capsules and tablets for health related products. In 1999, deer antler velvet was scientifically substantiated by research and clinical studies, 

What is in Deer Antler Velvet

What is in Deer Antler Velvet

Dried deer antler velvet is composed of approximately 34% ash, 12% moisture, 54% organic material, of which 10% is nitrogen and 3% fat. Composition varies from species to species and with antler maturity and region of antler studies (tip, upper, middle, base) (Church, 1999). The 

Deer Antler Velvet Benefits

Deer Antler Velvet Benefits

Deer antler velvet is known to provide many potential benefits. It also is used to treat many conditions. Osteoarthritis (OA) An estimated 50 million North Americans suffer from osteoarthritis, a progressive disease of cartilaginous tissue. It involves the loss of proteoglycans and deterioration of cartilage. 

Therapeutic Effects of Deer Antler Velvet

Therapeutic Effects of Deer Antler Velvet

Research so far supports a therapeutic role for deer antler velvet in a number of conditions. Biological effects have been reproduced in some clinical experiments, but further research is necessary in order to determine modes of action, adverse effects, drug interactions and contraindications. Deer antler 

History of the Deer Industry

History of the Deer Industry

There are many references to the historic use of deer velvet in TCM and it has been included in the Chinese medical pharmacopoeia since 168BC. Medicinal uses for deer velvet are also contained in the book, first published in the sixteenth century, called Ben Cao 

How is Deer Antler Velvet Harvested?

How is Deer Antler Velvet Harvested?

Deer antler velvet is soft growing antler tissue which is cast off every year and re-grown by Cervus spp (deer). In Latin, the word from which antler is derived, anteoculae, means “in front of the eyes,” and this is where they grow, from thick, bony 

Composition of Deer Antler Velvet

Composition of Deer Antler Velvet

Research has reported the chemical composition of whole velvet antler sticks and sections (tip, upper, mid and base) of a stick. Although Western research, particularly in New Zealand has reported the composition of velvet antler, it is important to remain aware that antler is the 

Deer Antler Velvet Processing

Deer Antler Velvet Processing

Generally, deer velvet products available to people in Western societies is sourced from deer that are managed on farms according to strictly controlled quality assurance guidelines than ensure requirements for animal welfare and husbandry are maintained at acceptable standards. Either veterinarians or certified experts remove