There is a very strong case for stating that ginseng and deer antler velvet can increase sexual energy, and that they would be a considerable help to both those who are potent but sexually exhausted, and to those who are impotent and wish they could be sexually exhausted.
There is no doubt that deer antler velvet, together with herbs such as ginseng, have been used by wealthy Asian men for centuries as tonics to improve potency. Chinese Taoists, for example, use an extensive array of herbs to increase sexual energy in the belief that it enhances their overall health. They have a fundamental understanding that the flow of sexual energy within the body is the basis of physical and mental well being.
In traditional terms deer antler velvet is held to harmonise the yin and yang energies, to bring the vital energies of the body into balance at a deep and fundamental level. It appears to affect the balance of hormones necessary for healthy sexual function and to restore the body’s reserves of energy depleted by stress or exhaustion.
The effects of deer antler velvet and pantocrin on patients with sexual disorders has been widely documented, especially by Russian clinical researchers, with the result that while ginseng used to be famous for treating sex problems in Russian clinics, now pantocrin has taken over for this purpose.30 It is regarded as one of the most effective known remedies for impotence, increasing the libido and the general sexual function and is widely prescribed for women as well as men.
In Jade Remedies deer antler velvet is reported to be “used for incontinence, sexual disinterest, impotence, infertility.”
Research has shown that deer antler velvet demonstrated androgenic and gonadotrophic effects, meaning that it helps to regulate the activity of the sex organs. A series of investigations by Pavlenko et al. (1969) has shown that pantocrin contains biologically active substances of both the male and female sex hormone types.
The sex hormones estrone, testosterone and a substance similar to progesterone have been identified at low levels in deer antler velvet, and the estrogen hormone most affected by deer antler velvet is estradiol, which is a precursor to testosterone. Also found by New Zealand scientists is a hormone called lutinizing hormone (LH) which is secreted by the pituitary gland and is the testosterone master-hormone, giving the signal for testosterone to be produced in the body.
In earlier experiments deer antler velvet has been shown to raise testosterone and estrogen levels in rats, and according to scientific studies it can stimulate growth and increase the weight of both the seminal vesicles and prostate.
When ginseng, eleutherococcus, rantarin or pantocrine were given continuously to young male mice, the weight of their sexual glands increased by up to 50 per cent, depending on the preparation and the dose… Only pantocrine and rantarin had a measurable effect in mature as well as immature animals.
Also, perhaps as an unexpected side effect:
Rantarin treatment of arteriosclerotic patients led some to recover sexual functioning and experience a return of potency and libido.
Deer antler velvet’s value in treating impotence is well known in traditional Oriental medicine and is widely used for that purpose in China. Dr Shi Zhi Chou, a specialist in men’s sexual problems from Dalian Traditional Medicine Hospital, lists some 300 formulas in his book The Most Effective Prescriptions For Impotence. Deer antler Velvet is listed in almost every one of them.
In the West there are many anecdotal accounts on file from men, who having taken deer antler velvet to increase energy, to lower blood pressure, or alleviate the pain of arthritis, have enjoyed the added bonus of increased sexual interest and capacity. Deer antler velvet builds endurance, it seems, on every level.