Chinese medicine scholars consider deer velvet to be the most important traditional healing remedy next to ginseng. A natural, renewable source, red deer antler velvet has a long history of safe and effective use, as well as decades of scientific research. The basis of this ancient medicine is the philosophy of Yin and Yang, cosmic forces which are said to control all natural phenomena and life processes – “deer velvet tastes sweet and its property is warm”.
Recent studies of tombs and scrolls from China suggests that it has been in use for at least 2,000 years. The first documented evidence of the use of red deer antler velvet as a health tonic was found on a silk scroll recovered from a Han tomb in Hunan province, China around 2000 years ago. It refers to several significant medical treatments and prescriptions for 52 different diseases. Since three deer carcasses were found in the same tomb, some believe that deer farming was already practiced during the Han Dynasty (202 BC. to 200 AD) for meat and possibly also for medicine.
Some 200 years later further reference to the use of deer parts and velvet was made in a book called Shin Nong Bon Cho Kyung. An English translation of the book reveals some of the health problems velvet and velvet products were used to overcome 1800 years ago. Some 1800 years later, red deer antler velvet is still being used to prevent and right many ills in Asia.
Growth factors and immune enhancement
Over the past 50 years Russian athletes have regularly been accused of using steroids to enhance performance in athletic competitions like the Olympics. However, many athletes were found to not be using any steroids at all – what they were using was in fact red deer antler velvet.
Northern cultures and the western world began to hear of this ancient Chinese supplement and apply it to their own athletics programs. Medical researchers also soon got word of the benefits and began applying them to their own medical treatments. For now, the most benefits seen in athletics are due to the two factors that greatly affect athletes – the growth factors and the immune enhancement.