Deer Antler Drops
Deer Antler is
considered to be one of the "big three" ultimate “herbs”
(dietary supplements) of China - Ginseng, Reishi Mushroom and Deer Antler. All
three are tonic herbs that have been used since pre-historic times to prolong
life, improve energy, to protect the body and to promote wisdom. They are not
used to treat any kind of ailment, but to support normal healthy life functions
so as to promote wellbeing and longevity. Deer Antler is a Yang Jing herb, but
it also tonifies Yin Jing, Qi, Blood and Shen. It therefore tonifies all three
Deer Antler contains mucopolysaccharides
that promote the regeneration the antler tissue in the deer. This same
substance supports regeneration of tissue to those who consume it.
Deer Antler extract is
considered to be the most powerful Yang tonic dietary supplement and is usually
the main herb in any formula in which it is included. Deer Antler is used by
athletes to support muscular strength. Deer Antler extract consumed as a
dietary supplement supports the human in
vivo production of IGF-1, a vital substance closely related to human growth
hormone that regulates metabolism and hormone functions.
Deer Antler extract
is used to support the skeletal structure, especially the back and knees. Deer
Antler helps support cartilage and joint function.
As a dietary
supplement that supports neurological functions, Deer Antler extract is also
widely used to support mental power.
Deer antler has also
been demonstrated to support cardiovascular function.
Deer Antler extract contains
hyaluronic acid, a natural substance,
also produced in the human body, that maintains elasticity of the skin and
Deer Antler is also
well known as a sexual tonic for both men and women. Deer Antler is suitable to
both men and women, though men will generally consume Deer Antler in larger
quantities. It is a Yang tonic that helps restore sexual
vigor and performance for decreased sexual function associated with aging.
Why Dragon Herbs Deer Antler Drops is
Dragon Herbs Deer
Antler is a unique product in the
U.S. market. There are dozens of other “deer velvet” products
available, but Dragon Herbs Deer Antler Drops is the ONLY product made entirely from Deer Antler tips. What does that mean? And what
does that mean for you?
Deer Antler grows
from its “tips.” As it grows, the soft body of the antler hardens,
while the growing tip remains soft and bio-chemically rich. It is just like the
fresh leaves at the tip of a growing plant. It has been estimated that 90% of
the biologically active constituents of the ENTIRE antler is contained in just
the last inch of the antler, known as the "tip," even if the antler
is 18 inches long. The tip of the antler is of course more expensive than the
lower parts of the antler, because those deep into the trade know that this is
the most valuable part. This has been true for a thousand years. However, since
the tip contains most of the active constituents of the entire antler, it is in
fact a fabulous value. It may cost three times as much, but it is at least 10
times as potent. Again, Dragon Herbs ONLY uses tips (the soft last inch of the
deer antler) to make its Deer Antler products, including Deer Antler Drops. We never use the "middles" or
"bottoms" of the antler since these parts are hardened, dry and lack
the chemical components that make Deer Antler biologically active in humans.
consumers, other companies are now putting the word “tips” on their
description of deer antler. They are doing this in response to Dragon Herbs
educating the public about the differences in deer antler products. However,
they show no evidence of actually using tips.
A deer antler, as
sold in a Chinese herb shop, is divided into three divisions, tips, middles and
bottoms. That part growing closest
to the end, usually the last inch of each branch of the antler, is called the
tip. The segment from that beginning
of the tip to the fork of the antler is called the middle and the main trunk of
the antler is called the bottom. All three segments of the deer antler are used
in Chinese tonic herbalism. The bottoms, because they are the largest segment,
are most commonly available and most widely used in commercial products. The
middles and tips are generally only available in herb shops, except in rare
products that feature these segments.
A Note about the Deer
Dragon Herbs deer are
farmed in Changbai Mountain, and are certified by the Chinese Ministry of
Health to be clean and safe. Since the deer are so valuable and since deer
antler is essentially a renewable “crop,” deer are highly protected
in all Asian countries. They thrive under the conditions established. The
antler is cut off the live deer when the antler has developed either two or
three branches, yet remains relatively soft (depending on the part of the
antler) and covered by “velvet,” usually in the month of June in
The Dragon Herbs team has visited the deer farm of our supplier in a beautiful
valley on the Western slope of Changbai Mountain, a volcanic region in
Manchuria, on many occasions and can testify that the deer are in fantastic
health and are well cared-for. The deer are fed their favorite natural
diet, including mulberry leaves, their favorite food. The deer are housed in clean open sheds
with corrals where they have 24/7 opportunity to move about and eat. They are
allowed to run freely in the hills associated with the farm during the day, and
at night return to the protected housing where they are kept safe from
predators (wolves and large cats).
The deer used by
Dragon Herbs are NOT killed to harvest their antlers. The antlers are humanely
and painlessly collected from male deer in the early summer – when the
antler is about six weeks old and still covered in a coat of
“velvet” – females do not produce antler, except for elk,
which Dragon Herbs does not use. After this harvesting, the deer then grow new
antlers as the season progresses and this second set of antler is not
harvested. Because the antlers that do grow into the fall are smaller, the male
deer tend to fight considerably less. The life expectancy of the male deer from
whom the antler are collected is significantly longer than that of wild deer,
who often die as a result of excessive male-with-male libido-driven fighting
and from starvation. Far more of the male deer mate as a result of this
process, which makes them very happy indeed. Deer are highly valued in the
Chinese culture and are respected and loved by their care givers. Deer are
considered in Asia to be a “higher order” animal.
Quality - Different Species, Different
quality deer antler is an art. There are many sources, grades, cuts and
qualities --- and there are counterfeits. The antler plays a major part in male
sexual role of the male deer. Larger antlers are produced by deer that are more
sexual and this deer antler is more potent. However, size alone will tell you
only a little about the quality of a selection of deer antler. Dragon Herbs has
used the same established source of deer antler tips for many years.
Deer Antler can have
a number of origins. Deer Antler entering the American market may originate in China, Russia,
or New Zealand.
All of these places have robust Deer Antler businesses. They all produce
excellent deer; however, the quality will differ depending on the processing
and the variety of deer.
is considered to be the best deer antler, but it is rare. These are small
spotted deer that are natural to northeastern Asia. This kind of deer has been
absolutely revered in Asia for its deer antler since ancient times. Over
hunting reduced the supply to nearly zero, but they are now humanely farmed in
northeastern China and their antler is again available in limited quantities.
This deer is also known in China as the “spotted deer” and as the
“flower deer,” since their white spots are actually shaped like a
flower. You will see the Sika deer alongside Shou Lao, the God of Longevity, in
old Chinese paintings, and also alongside Magu, the Goddess of Youth and Beauty.
The symbolism is obvious. The Sika is a small deer and its antlers are likewise
small. But small is not the issue, potency is. These deer are extremely well
cared-for. This is the most valuable antler in the world.
Herbs only used Sika Deer Antler in its private reserve productions, but now it
is available to everyone, so long as it is available each year.
And remember, the
tips are by far the most precious and most expensive part of the deer antler.
Due to our on-the-ground connections in Asia, we can provide this premium
quality Deer Antler at the same price, or lower, than inferior products.
And remember, these
deer are protected and live an astounding life. These deer live longer than
fully wild deer. They are allowed to roam free during the daytime in local
hills and forests, and then they return to their shelter at night where they
are fed mulberry leaves, their favorite food. Do not fear for our deer, they
have it very good.
also known as the “horse deer,” is another popular variety of deer from
which their antler is harvested. This is the most common variety of deer antler
available in China. It is very good (but not as good as Sika deer antler).
Mallow deer farms are abundant in northeast China. These very hardy, very large
deer (thus the name “horse deer”) produce large antlers and
therefore are valuable to the farmers on a pound-by-pound basis. These deer are
from New Zealand is commonly sold in the U.S. market. New Zealand is a very
special place. It is clean and its government keeps it that way. Deer farming
is a big industry in New Zealand. Red deer produce quality antler, though not
as potent as the antler from Sika or Mallow deer. These deer are very well
cared-for. A large number of the New Zealand deer are slaughtered for their
meat, which is consumed in Australia and exported overseas. The deer are not
nearly as protected in New Zealand as they are in China.
Dragon Herbs has established a permanent relationship with a Sika Deer cooperative in Changbai
Mountain. Currently, due to our good fortune, Dragon Herbs only uses Sika Deer
to produce all of its Deer Antler products, including Deer Antler Drops. And from these Sika Deer, we only use tips cut
from the last ¾ inch of the antler.
This is why Dragon Hears
Deer Antler Drops is a unique deer antler product in the American
Primary Functions: To tonify
the Kidney Qi and fortify Yang. Also tonic to Yin Jing and Blood, and supporting to the sinews and
bones. Supports the heart and mind.
Treasures: Jing (Yin and Yang), Qi (especially Blood) and Shen
Atmospheric Energy: Warm
Taste: Sweet and salty
Channel Associations: Liver and Kidneys. Also tonifies the Heart and Brain,
and the Governing, Conception, Penetrating and Belt Channels of the Extraordinary
Deer Antler is the
most precious and the most potent of the substances that fortify the yang
energy of the Kidney. Deer antler is widely used in Asia, and now throughout
the world, to support adrenal, reproductive and brain functions. It is
universally believed in the Orient to support sexual strength and to support
virility and fertility. In the highly regarded tenth century Taoist manual on
health and sexual conduct, The Essence of Medical Prescriptions,
compiled by a Chinese physician living in Japan by the name of Tamba Yasuyori,
it was said that:
“There is nothing better than deer
antler to cause a man to be robust and unaffected by age, not to tire in the
bedroom, and not to deteriorate either in energy or in facial
Deer antler is
commonly used in combination with most of the major Qi tonic herbs such as
Ginseng and Astragalus, and with all of the major Yin and Yang Jing-building
herbs such as Goji Berry, Morinda root, He Shou Wu, Epimedium (Horny Goat
Weed), Schizandra, Mountain Ant, etc.
Although deer antler
has always been used to help build blood and support blood circulation, modern
research has supported deer antler’s reputation as a heart tonic.
Particularly the alcohol extract of deer antler is consumed for this purpose.
Deer antler is tonic to the marrow, which produces blood. Marrow tends to
degenerate as we age and deer antler is believed to support marrow maintenance.
This may be a major aspect of deer antler’s youth preserving ability.
use is believed to re-build deep life force, preserve youthfulness and to
Deer antler is a rare
type of organ in the higher animal kingdom. It is one of the few complex organ
structures which regenerates in an annual rhythm and which will regenerate if
shed, cut or broken off. This regenerative power is what has most intrigued
scientists in recent years, just as it has the Asian people through the
Studies conducted in
Europe indicate that the ability to regenerate is partially due to the rich
supply of substances known as ectosaponins.
These complex chemical agents are found more abundantly in lower animals, in
which the ectosaponins cause a wide variety of tissues to regenerate. The
ectosaponin in deer antler is very similar to ectosaponins found at the tail
bases of many lizards, such as the Gecko lizard, and in the legs of star fish.
If the tale is broken off a Gecko or similar lizard or the appendages broken off
a starfish, these appendages re-grow --- bone, connective tissue, nerves, blood
vessels, flesh and all (no bones in star fishes). The ectosaponins extracted
from deer antler, as well as from Gecko and star fish all have shown remarkable
regenerative effects on all types of tissue, including nerve tissue, which
generally does not regenerate significantly.
that moderate doses of the alcohol extract of deer antler supports
cardiovascular function by helping to support cardio-regulatory mechanisms, and
by supporting circulation.
Numerous studies done
in China, Japan, Russia and Korea have shown that deer antler supports muscular
and mental endurance, supports sleep and supports normal appetite. Deer antler
has been shown to support the oxygen uptake of the brain, liver and kidneys in
laboratory animals. It also supports red and white blood cell production in
Deer antler extract provides minerals, amino
acids, and other nutrients.
Deer antler supports insulin-like growth
factor IGF-1 functions in the human body.
supports immune functions
supports muscular the metabolic functions that provide strength and endurance
supports normal growth
supports cardiovascular functioning
supports sleep functions
supports eyesight, including night vision.*
Traditional Function: Reinforcing
Kidney Yang, tonifies Yin Jing, tonifies blood*
Who can use it? Those
who wish to increase primal Yang energy
Ingredients: Deer Antler tips
Other Ingredients: water, alcohol (30% by volume)
droppers per day or as directed by your health care practitioner
Ron Teeguarden’s “First Rule of Tonic Herbalism,” summed up
in a single word – Compliance. If you don’t take
the herbs, they won’t work.”
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.
This product is not intended to
diagnose, treat, cure or
prevent any disease.