What Is Lu Rong (Velvet Antler, Deer Velvet)

Lu Rong is also known as Velvet Antler or Deer Velvet and is a cartilaginous antler of deer. It is a valuable animal medicine.

Most of Lu Rong come from sika deer, red deer, and elk. The main production areas of Lu Rong are China and New Zealand. The output of Lu Rong is about 1000 tons per year.

The surface of Lu Rong is covered with a furry velvet-like “skin” and is cylindrical. The best Lu Rong is full and round and has smooth fur, reddish-brown skin, lightweight, and is not angular at the bottom.

It contains phospholipids, glycolipids, hormones, fatty acids, amino acids, proteins, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, and other ingredients. Among them, its amino acid accounts for more than half of the total composition.

Lu Rong is used as a dietary supplement in many countries. It can be made into tea, wine, and medicated meals. It has a medicinal history of more than 2,000 years.

When Lu Rong is not ossified, people saw off Lu Rong, scald them, dry them in the shade, slice them and make it into Chinese medicine.

According to <Compendium of Materia Medica>, the medicinal property of Lu Rong is relatively warm, with a sweet and salty taste and slightly fishy smell. It has a certain therapeutic effect on the pathological changes of the kidney and liver meridians.

In Chinese medicine, Lu Rong is often used to nourish the liver and kidneys, supplement essence and blood, and strengthen tendons and bones.

There are about 30 kinds of Chinese patent medicines containing Lu Rong, such as Shi Bu Wan and Jen Shen Lu Yung Wan.

Health benefits of Lu Rong (Deer Velvet)

  • Stimulating the function of the adrenal cortex, enhancing cold resistance and anti-fatigue.
  • Inhibiting the activity of MAO-B, anti-oxidant, and slowing down aging.
  • Enhancing heart function, expanding peripheral blood vessels and increasing hemoglobin in the blood.
  • Treating children’s dysplasia, such as tooth growth retardation, fontanelle, and Osteomalacia.
  • Treating frequent urination, urgent urination, painful urination, hematuria and emptying residual urine.
  • Increasing plasma testosterone concentration and luteinizing hormone (LH) concentration. Treating impotence, premature ejaculation, spermatorrhea, prostate atrophy, and female menopause disorders.
  • Treating infertility caused by uterine cold, lumbago and knee pain, tinnitus, deafness, metrorrhagia, irregular menstruation, and vaginitis.
  • Treating skin ulcer and oral ulcer. Promoting the synthesis of protein and nucleic acid, promoting wound and fracture healing.
  • Enhancing the tension of parasympathetic nerve endings and improving the function of the nervous system and muscle system.
  • Promoting the transformation of lymphocyte and improving the function of cellular immunity and humoral immunity. It has good health effects for the weak people.
  • The tincture of Lu Rong can be injected subcutaneously to promote gonadal function.

Lu Rong is used with other Chinese herbs

  • Lu Rong with Zhu Sha (Cinnabaris) can nourish heart and blood, treat restlessness, dreaminess, and insomnia.
  • Lu Rong with Shan Yao (Rhizoma Dioscoreae) can treat kidney-yang deficiency, impotence, nocturnal emission, frequent urination, and sore waist and knees.
  • Lu Rong with Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis) can supplement essence and blood, treat dizziness, deafness, and chronic prostatitis.
  • Lu Rong with Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis), Hai Piao Xiao (Os Sepiae) and Pu Huang (Cattail pollen) can treat metrorrhagia, irregular menstruation, and vaginitis.
  • Lu Rong with Ren Shen (Radix Ginseng), Shu Di Huang (Radix Rehmanniae Preparata), and Gou Qi Zi (Fructus Lycii) can nourish Qi and blood, treat impotence, premature ejaculation, infertility, and frequent urination caused by kidney-yang deficiency.

Side effects of Lu Rong

Excessive use of it may cause head swelling, chest tightness, and epistaxis.

A small number of people may experience allergic reactions such as chest tightness, shortness of breath, and palpitation after using it.

It may cause gastrointestinal reactions such as abdominal pain, nausea, and cold sweats. In severe cases, it may cause upper gastrointestinal bleeding. Taking lactic acid bacteria can reduce gastrointestinal reactions caused by Lu Rong.

Precautions of Lu Rong

  • The dosage of Lu Rong should be controlled at 1-3g. Take it 2-3 times daily.
  • It can be used as a decoction or ground into a powder.
  • It should be taken in small doses and slowly increase the dose.
  • People with Yin Deficiency or Yang Hyperactivity should not take it.
  • People with colds, dizziness, and cough should not take it.
  • People with high blood pressure, diabetes, nephritis, hepatitis, and abnormal liver function should not take it.
  • Healthy people and pregnant women should not take it.
  • Athletes should not use it. It may lead to a positive drug test.
  • The cold herbal medicine will reduce its effectiveness, they should not be taken together.