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Antler velvet trials for rheumatoid arthritis

Two RCTs examined the effect of antler velvet in treating rheumatoid arthritis. It was generally shown to be very well tolerated with no apparent side-effects that forced any participants to stop the medication in both trials.

Trial 1‡

In the first trial, 40 participants were randomly assigned to receive one of the following once a day for a month:

  • 430 mg antler velvet capsules
  • 860 mg antler velvet capsules
  • 1,290 mg antler velvet capsules
  • placebo capsules.

Participants who received antler velvet didn’t show a significant improvement in their disease condition compared to the placebo group.

Trial 2‡

In the second trial, 168 participants were randomly selected to receive either antler velvet or placebo capsules.

Neither group differed significantly with respect to disease activity, pain experience and overall health status after six months of treatment.

‡ A trial of low quality. Results of this trial were given a lower weighting when we came to our conclusion about the compound.


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