Deer Antler Medical Treatment Gets More Popular
Dec 23. MFA. UST-KAMENOGORSK
Pantotherapy, the use of health-giving extracts from the antlers of a red deer in treatment, is a popular treatment available in Eastern Kazakhstan. Every year, hundreds of people come to the deer-breeding farms of the province to improve their health.
The treatment sounds strange at first glance, but it is a proven medical treatment. The deer antlers contain a powerful bio-stimulant that is a proven remedy in the treatment of sciatica, stomach ulcers, arteriosclerosis, rheumatism, dystonia, impotence, and other diseases.
The Old Believers, a 350-year-old schism of the Russian Orthodox Church, dating back before the times of Czar Peter the Great were the first to domesticate marals, or red deer and use their antlers and blood for medicinal purposes. The Old Believers, or Kerzhaks, fled persecution by church and state authorities and found a shelter in remote areas, including the Katon-Karagai region of modern Kazakhstan, which was inhabited by herds of wild elks.
The Kerzhaks knew about the healing properties of the antlers. Young, not yet ossified horns of adult males accumulate biologically active substances.
Reindeer-breeders say the secret is in a special root regularly eaten by the animals which grows only in the Altai Mountains and in the Far East.
In the spring, their antlers become soft, rich in nutrients, trace substances and hormones. A water therapy uses extractions from the deer horns to make “antler bath” and this has proved very effective. Antler baths are recommended for treating sleep disorders enhancing mental and physical activity. They are very effective for regeneration and their proponents claim they even slow the aging process, improve the condition of patients with cardiovascular diseases and stimulate the immune system.
During the season of antler-cutting in mid-summer, Eastern Kazakhstan becomes a magnet for tourists who want to restore their health. Now, thanks to the new technologies of conservation and the recycling of antlers, this therapy is available all year round.
In 2000, scientists developed a new technology to produce a unique concentrate from the blood of a red deer. They manufactured from it a powdered drug with powerful biological properties, which was called “Dried Pantohematogen”. Prepared through the vacuum drying of deer blood taken during the cutting of antlers, it has an anti-inflammatory, nutritional, adoptogenic and anti-stress effect.
Pantohematogen is seven to eight times more active than pantocrine, the simple extract of blood from antlers, and it cannot be replaced by pantocrine, regardless of the dose and the mode of application. Its method of production preserves the entire complex of biologically active substances: macro-and micronutrients, amino acids, peptides, lipids and nucleic acid.
“A wide range of macro-and microelements in pantohematogen has a positive impact on the respiratory and cardiovascular systems and hormonal activity of a man,” Lidia Semionova, chief physician of the Izumrud resort, told The Astana Times.
Izumrud (which means emerald in Russian) is located in the mountains near Ust-Kamenogorsk. “Here you can get a 10-day course of therapy or reinvigorate yourself in the course of a weekend vacation,” Semionova said.
Similar treatments are available in the Prima Zodiak regional centre Antler horns are supplied by the Aksu-DEEN Kazakh-Korean company in the Katon-Karagai region.
Marina Gushchina, a physician at Prima Zodiak, said increasing numbers of people were coming to Eastern Kazakhstan to experience the healing properties of antlers. The area is also famous for its beautiful scenery, its nature reserves and its many monuments of archeology, history and culture.