Currently, New Zealand produces some of the best velvet antler extract. Perhaps one of the more difficult to treat human diseases is an ailment that afflicts the nervous system and one that progresses ultimately to death. We know it as multiple sclerosis. In the September 1992 issue of The Deer Farmer appeared the story of a New Zealand couple, Clint and Shelley Thomsen, who reside in Hawkes Bay. In about 1988 Shelley began taking velvet antler to relieve the painful symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Slowly but surely the pain began to subside and by 1992, Shelley had not experienced one multiple sclerosis attack for a period of two years. The healing process was so dramatic that she began playing squash as well as looking after two young children and going into the velvet antler business herself. In her own words, and I quote, "It's not a cure by any means, but by taking it regularly I have certainly reduced the aches and pains and I've got heaps more energy."
From the same issue of The Deer Farmer, Margaret Nairn experienced a wonderful response to her teenage son's chronic eczema using natural treatments in place of conventional drug therapy. According to Mrs. Nairn, she had gone through a cycle of using more and more powerful drugs to control her son's eczema problem. Unfortunately the cycle of more powerful drugs started to generate side effects. She then began to use better food, more rest, ultraviolet light bed treatments, and antler velvet. While she does not claim any one particular treatment is the entire answer, certainly the use of velvet has helped to place her son's eczema into remission. According to Mrs. Nairn, the problem with a teenager is to ensure the fact that he will stick to taking his velvet every day.
Having seen the remarkable effect that velvet antler had on her son, she then began to use the product hoping it would help her with her own problems. Since bearing children, she has experienced chronic pain. She has never been a believer in taking powerful painkillers, so she tried to learn to cope with the pain, which she described as being similar to twisting a screwdriver through her ovaries for two or three days every month. Since she has been taking velvet consistently, she has experienced almost no pain and/or premenstrual syndrome symptoms.
Her periods pass almost unnoticed. According to Mrs. Nairn, and I quote from the article, “As far as I'm concerned, velvet has greatly improved my quality of life and I'll be taking it every day from now on."
Excerpt adapted from: Velvet Deer Antler: The Ultimate Antiaging Supplement by Dr. Alex Duarte, 2000.