Tongkat Ali is the herbal supplement that has a unique property to bring back to normal the testosterone level that has declined with age. Tongkat ali appears to stimulate the availability of natural testosterone which otherwise is not available as a result of advancing age. It can also help in male infertility problems; the morphology, activity (motility) and count of sperms improve with Tongkat Ali. Animal studies have shown that it can produce arousal, libido and sexual motivation. the overall effect of Tongkat Ali is gradual and safe. Herbal Tongkat Ali was dubbed the “Natural Asian Viagra” in a May 1999 report in the New Sunday Times.
It has been used in Malaysia for many years by men as a natural male enhancement supplement to increase sexual desire, libido, sexual performance and to treat erectile dysfunction.
Tongkat ali appears to work by increasing levels of the hormone testosterone. Testosterone is primarily responsible for the growth and development of male reproductive organs, including the penis, testicles, scrotum, prostate, and seminal vesicles. Normal testosterone levels maintain energy level, mood, fertility, and sexual desire.
Because of its testosterone-enhancing properties, tongkat ali is also used by bodybuilders to increase muscle mass and strength. Tongkat Ali, also known as Long Jack, has been suggested to help support male hormonal balance (including testosterone availability), according to animal studies. Men use it to aid in the production of lean muscle.
Natural Tongkat Ali raises your body’s levels of free testosterone naturally. A large proportion of the testosterone that circulates in your body is bound by a protein call SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin).
Testosterone that is bound to SHBG is considered ineffective. Only free testosterone exerts the effects that are attributed to the hormone: one androgenic (masculinizing and sexualizing, both physiologically and mentally, and thus enhancing libido) and the other anabolic (building tissue, mainly muscle).
How exactly Tongkat Ali increases free testosterone however is not known. One possible explanation is that Tongkat Ali’s active ingredients capture and bind SHBG and therefore prevent SHBG from capturing circulating free testosterone treating erectile dysfunction.
However, whatever the reason is… there is no doubt that Tongkat Ali supplements in sufficient dosage and concentration increases your testosterone level. And the increase in testosterone level no doubts leads to:
- A high sex drive and libido
- Longer, harder and more spontaneous erection
- Improve muscle mass and strength
- A boost in energy and vitality
- Decreased erectile dysfunction
- Increase bone mineral density
- A sense of well being
- Improve cognitive function.
Yes and no. Because it’s a NATURAL supplement, it doesn’t have negative side-effects when used correctly, unlike prescription drugs (such as Stendra®, Viagra® or Cialis®). But when used at high dosages (1000 mgs or more), it may cause side-effects in some people – such as rapid heart beat, restlessness and insomnia. The higher the dose, the worse the side-effects.
ONLY take pure extracts containing the active components, glycosaponins and eurypeptides.
- Do NOT take the dry “root”, which is just dead herbs and it’s worthless. Unfortunately, the dry root is found in most of the “cheap” products.
- Do NOT use liquid forms of Tongkat Ali, as it losses most of its effects within a month or two (it needs to be freeze dried extracts).
- Do NOT take it by itself, because then you’ll have to take very high dosages to notice the positive effects. And unfortunately, at the high dosages you may get the above mentioned negative effects.
Eurycoma longifolia Plant
In Indonesia (where Tongkat Ali is known as Pasak Bumi), young plants are not used for medicinal purposes. Only roots of an age of at least 10 years are considered effective for male enhancement. And because Indonesia is the only country where it is still found in the wild, it also is the only country from where one can obtain old roots. There are simply no plantations where Tongkat Ali has been grown for at least ten years, no-where in the world. In Malaysia, the Tongkat Ali shrub has now been declared a protected plant, as over-collection in the wild has almost eradicated it from the forests of that country.
Eurycoma longifolia is a flowering plant in the family Simaroubaceae, native toIndonesia, Malaysia, and, to a lesser extent, Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos. It is also known under the names penawar pahit, penawar bias, bedara merah, bedara putih, lempedu pahit, payong ali, tongkat baginda, muntah bumi, petala bumi (all the above Malay); bidara laut (Indonesian); babi kurus (Javanese); cay ba binh (Vietnamese) and tho nan (Laotian). Many of the common names refer to the plant’s medicinal use and extreme bitterness. “Penawar pahit” translates simply as “bitter charm” or “bitter medicine”. Older literature, such as a 1953 article in the Journal of Ecology, may cite only “penawar pahit” as the plant’s common Malay name. Eurycoma longifolia is a small, evergreen tree growing to 15 m (49 ft) tall with spirally arranged, pinnate leaves 20–40 cm (8–16 inches) long with 13–41 leaflets. The flowers are dioecious, with male and female flowers on different trees; they are produced in large panicles, each flower with 5–6 very small petals. The fruit is green ripening dark red, 1–2 cm long and 0.5–1 cm broad.