Deer Antler

Botanical Name: Cervi Cornu Pantotrichum 

Latin: Cervus Nippon 

PinYin: Lu Rong 

Deer Antler Slices

Deer antler tip slices. Dragon Herbs only uses the tips -- the last inch of the antler -- which is the living, nutraceutically active zone of the antler. Note the penny which shows how small the tips are. Also note the waxy, golden color. These tips are highly active.


Deer Antler is widely believed in the Orient, and by many around the world, to strengthen all aspects of a person’s life, and is considered to be an ultimate Jing tonic. It is a warm Yang tonic, although it is also known to provide Yin Jing. Deer Antler is also a major Blood tonic. 

Extracts of Deer Antler have been found to strengthen the central nervous system and the heart. Deer Antler is believed to strengthen the mind and to enliven the Shen. It is widely used to improve mental power. 

Deer Antler is the most precious and the most potent of the substances that fortify the Yang energy of the Kidney, Yang Jing. It is widely used in Asia to support adrenal, reproductive and brain functions. It is universally believed in the Orient to build and support sexual strength and to support virility and fertility. Like all Yang herbs, Deer Antler is used to support the energy and resilience of the back, ankles and knees. Deer Antler is considered to be the most powerful such agent and is usually the main herb in any formula in which it is included. 


Spotted Deer With Antlers

Dragon Herbs deer, just prior to antler collection. The deer are very well cared for and are allowed to roam wild during the day.


Deer Antler is used to build blood and improve circulation. The alcohol extract of Deer Antler has been found to benefit the cardiovascular system. Deer Antler is tonic to the marrow, which produces blood, including our white and red blood cells. Marrow tends to degenerate as we age.

Deer Antler is mainly used as a rejuvenating agent. Short term use is believed to quickly build strength and power, while consistent long-term use is believed to rebuild deep life force, preserve youthfulness and to support the potential for a long life. 

Deer are not generally killed for their antler. The soft antler of the deer is painlessly removed from the deer when it has grown just two or three spikes and is still covered by velvet. The deer grow new antlers that same season and this second growth is not harvested. 

The tip of the antler is the most potent part because it contains the most active substances. The “tip” is the last inch of the antler, which is the active growing part of the Deer Antler. 



 Deer antler diagram of tip


Most producers of deer antler products in America don’t even know the difference between antler “tips,” “middles” or “bottoms.” Tips are believed to contain about nine times the active constituents as the rest of the antler in total. Plus, only the “tips” contain stem cells. Most (perhaps all) other manufacturers that we know of DO NOT use tips to make their products. They often use the term “antler velvet,” though this is confusing to the buyer — the “velvet” is always removed from the antler because the velvet itself has no herbal, nutritional or nutraceutical value. The “velvet” is the fuzz that covers the antler when it is ready to use as a tonic herb, and thus the antler is called “velvet antler.” But it’s what’s inside the antler that counts. The tips contain a “wax,” that is loaded with bioactive substances. The more wax the better. Only the very tip of the antler is made from this wax. 

Our strongest advice: use only extracts of deer antler made from the “tips” — the last inch of the antler. Dragon Herbs ONLY uses “tips” to produce all its antler-containing products. Never in our history have we used “middles” or “bottoms.” That is unparalleled in our industry. We concentrate our Deer Antler as far as concentration can go without the product turning into a hard waxy paste. 

Real Deer Antler connoisseurs around the world appreciate Dragon Herbs’ Deer Antler products. Become a connoisseur. Educate your friends. 


Ron And Yanlin With Deer

Ron and Yanlin on visits to the Dragon Herbs deer farm in Changbai Mountain


Several Dragon Herbs formulations contain Deer Antler as a major ingredient. Here are some - 

Find more products that contain Deer Antler as its main ingredient. 

Reishi Deer Painting

Korean "longevity painting" showing the deer (a symbol of longevity) grazing on wild Reishi (another symbol of longevity)

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