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Acceleration of the body's natural restorative processes Animal data Deer velvet is reported to have accelerated the body's natural restorative processes, reduced liver damage in mice, and through its active compounds, promoted synthesis of proteins and RNA. Velvet antler products also are claimed to demonstrate the ability to prevent/reduce shock and stress responses. A Literature Review of Velvet Antler: The Global Market, Chemical Composition, Health Benefits and Factors Affecting Growth . After removal of the deer velvet, it is collected and then frozen or dried prior to its manufacture into various “medicinal” forms including powders, extracts, teas, capsules, and tablets. Elk Tech International Research Centre, Calgary, Canada; 1999. Each part of elk velvet contains varying compounds, but the deer antler velvet contains the largest concentrations of those found to be beneficial. Heating during processing may reduce or destroy the purported beneficial effects of velvet antler. Various preparation methods, including freeze-drying and non-heat-producing methods have been reported. Deer Antlers: Regeneration, Function, and Evolution . The word antler is derived from the Latin Anteoculae , meaning “in front of the eyes.” Antlers are present in almost all members of the deer family Cervidae . The first documented evidence of deer velvet as a medicinal was found on a scroll recovered from a tomb in Hunan China dating back 2000 years.
In addition, sexual enhancement and antiaging effects of deer velvet were claimed. Blood/circulation effects Animal data Beneficial effects of deer velvet in the area of blood/circulation are also apparent. Xylazine and a xylazine/fentanyl citrate/azaperone combination in farmed deer II: velvet antler removal and reversal combinations. Preparations have been shown to stimulate red blood cell synthesis in induced anemia in laboratory animals. An ethicist's commentary on animal welfare versus food safety in collecting antler velvet. Stimulation of body tissue/cell growth, such as reticuloendothelial cells and leukocytes improve metabolism and overall health. The New Zealand Velvet Antler Industry: Background and Research Findings . It comes as no surprise then, that velvet antler has been promoted for performance-enhancing effect on the human body.
A 16th century medical text, Pen Ts'ao Kang Mu , lists several antler preparations including pills, tinctures, and ointments.