Deer velvet is a traditional Chinese medicine treatment. Other names for it include velvet antler and antler velvet. It is made from immature deer antlers, which are covered in velvet-like hair. At this stage, the antlers are made of cartilage. The antlers also contain protein, fat, minerals, and other chemical compounds.
Some studies show that guggul may lessen inflammation and the number of acne relapses. But more research is needed. There is not enough solid evidence to support the use of guggul for other conditions.
People usually take guggul as a capsule, tablet, or extract.
Optimal doses of guggul have not been set for any condition. Quality and active ingredients in supplements may vary widely. This makes it hard to set a standard dose.
Can you get guggul naturally from foods?
You cannot get guggul naturally from foods.
What are the risks of taking guggul?
People have used guggul safely in studies for up to six months.
Side effects. Some people have had side effects such as:
Be careful using guggul if you are getting treated for a thyroid disorder or have a hormone-sensitive cancer or condition. Stop taking guggul at least two weeks before surgery to lower risk of bleeding.
Interactions. Avoid combining guggul with herbs, supplements, or drugs that thin blood, such as: