The practice of Eastern medicine, also called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), has been occurring since some of the very first civilizations in Asia and Europe.  It is centered around the idea that the body should be treated as a whole, and physicians should consider how all of the different systems work together.

Velvet antler extract has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine because it is packed with active ingredients, including vitamins, minerals, protein, collagen, lipids, and growth factors – including the master growth factor, IGF-1.  It comes from the whole cartilaginous antler (in the pre-calcified stage) of the mature, male elk we raise on our own farms in Idaho, with different pieces offering different benefits.


Unfortunately, many doctors are not aware of the benefits of Eastern medicine.  However, there are many things we can learn from this practice since its fundamental beliefs are quite different from the Western medicine traditions we have become accustomed to in the United States.


• Focus on the diagnosis, not just the treatment  

Taking a handful of pain pills each day does nothing to actually heal the source of the pain. Instead, TCM physicians will focus mainly on finding the root of the problem, so you will not have to continue with the pain medications.


• Treat the body as a whole

Instead of only concentrating on specific body parts or organ systems, Eastern medicine focuses on the whole person. This means inquiring about family life, work, school, and any other stressors that may be negatively impacting your health.


• Doctors shouldn’t just heal when there is a problem

Typically, we will only see a doctor when we are sick or hurt and want to feel better. However, Eastern medicine doctors will also focus on keeping you healthy overall.  Just like your car needs a tune-up every few months to continue running properly, your body needs an occasional “tune-up” in order to feel well on a regular basis.


• Newer isn’t always better

While we are always searching for the newest, most advanced medical techniques, TCM doctors are relying on methods that have been working well for thousands of years.


Elk Antler has been an important component of Eastern medicine for thousands of years.  In fact, the first mention of it dates back to 168 BC.  Throughout the years, its usage has only grown in popularity, with elk antler becoming second only to ginseng.

Moose, elk, and deer are some of the only mammals that have regenerating organs.  After a year of growing at an average rate of one inch per day, the antlers will fall off, and the animal will begin to grow new ones.  Because they grow so quickly, antlers are loaded with growth hormones, specifically IGF-1Our bodies naturally produce this hormone, but we can begin to become deficient in it as we age, without even knowing it.

While Traditional Chinese Medicine doctors may not have been aware of IGF-1 or what the symptoms of the deficiency are, they definitely recognized the amazing benefits from taking antler extract, like increased healing time, decreased body fat, increased energy, and much more.