Have you ever noticed the soft fuzz covering the antlers of deer, moose, caribou, and elk? Referred to as "deer velvet," this smooth coating is comprised of numerous naturally-occurring growth hormones and supplements that promote cellular repair.
Adding deer antler velvet to your pet's daily care can help combat a myriad of health concerns.
Deer Velvet: Then & Now
Deer velvet is only more recently hitting the North American medical field, but it has been used for centuries in Eastern and indigenous cultures. As a Traditional Chinese Medicine, its health benefits are widely known, accepted, and appreciated by Eastern medical traditions.
In fact, the first known use of antler velvet dates back to the Han Dynasty which spanned four centuries from 206 BC-220 AD. Silk scrolls recorded the use of this supplement for healing in people.
Antlers are completely shed annually, growing bigger year after year. The ancient Chinese recognized this regenerative phenomenon and put it to the test of human bodily repair. Their assumptions proved correct!
What Is It Made Of?
Velvet appears in the pre-calcified--or pre-bone--growth stage of the antler. It therefore contains basic components that act as the body's building blocks. For example, beneficial joint and tissue repair supplements like hyaluronic acid, chondroitin, glucosamine, collagen, and fatty acids can all be found in deer velvet. Another molecular example is the presence of polysaccharides which regulate blood-clotting.
All of these ingredients are known as bioactive compounds that, when consumed or applied topically, have healing effects on an organism.
What Can It Treat?
Antler velvet's healing properties are still being discovered. Some of the most common diseases and conditions it is used to treat include:
- Cognitive function
New Zealand Deer Velvet
At Ancient Arts, we carry New Zealand Deer Velvet. The product line is sustainably sourced from a New Zealand farm where the animals have large open terrain to roam and are not harmed to acquire the velvet. Additional natural ingredients in the supplements further help treat specific ailments.
For more case studies on deer velvet's success, read "The Efficacy of Deer Velvet Antler in Veterinary Practice" here.