Deer Antler Velvet in Japan
Lu jung is a Japanese medicine made from deer antler velvet that is used to rejuvenate the body and provide individuals with added energy. In the late 1960s, rulondin, a Japanese version of the pantocrin extract, was prepared by the Taiho Pharmaceutical Company (TPC) and was used as an injectable treatment for male sexual disorders. Later, the company began to manufacture pantocrin under the trade name Pantocrine, and conclusions from research performed by TPC led to the formulation of three products, pantocrin injection, pantocrin capsule, and pantocrin drink, which are used as cardiovascular agents. (Fisher et al., 1999).