History of Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma Longifolia)
Recognised in Malaysia as a national treasure, Tongkat Ali has a long history as a medicinal herb and has been used for centuries in Asia, especially Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Also referred to as Malaysian Ginseng, it is a small evergreen tree found in the jungles of Malaysia and Southeast Asia.
The flowers found on the tree contain either male or female flowers shaped in large panicles with each flower having only a few small petals. Its fibrous root penetrates deep into the ground allowing optimal uptake of nutrients during the five years of growth for the tree to reach maturity, and since its natural habitat is within the jungle, there are no pesticides or chemicals used during the growth phase making Tongkat Ali a natural product in its rawest form.
It has proved to be very effective in treating various diseases and health conditions with every part of the Eurycoma Longifolia tree revered as a miracle herb, often used to produce soups, drinks and tonics for the treatment of health disorders. Although recognised by science for having medicinal qualities, many of its purported health benefits have yet to be backed up by scientific research so caution should be taken when considering purchasing Tongkat Ali based products that claim to do the unbelievable.
Of the numerous benefits associated with Tongkat Ali, the most recognised is that of a libido enhancing supplement. It has been used for this very reason in Malaysia for many years to increase sexual desire and to treat erectile dysfunction, which make it unsurprising that its popularity has increased enormously in recent years within the western world as a natural herb and dietary supplement.
What Can Tongkat Ali Treat?
Known in Vietnam as the “tree that cures a hundred diseases”, its use for health promoting benefits has included the treatment of diabetes, dysentery, gingivitis, jaundice, malaria and many more health conditions. Tongkat Ali is also used as a general health supplement for enhancement of mind and body due to its ability to reduce the effects of depression and to enhance wellbeing and energy by combating fatigue and improving overall strength.
As a cure for erectile dysfunction (ED), the root and bark of Eurycoma Longifolia can increase libido and enhance fertility, and not just for men. Women also report an increase in sexual desire, libido, improved health and longevity. Its ability to do this has meant that the demand for Tongkat Ali has outstripped supply in certain regions and is now considered a protected species in places where it’s harvesting is not carried out in a controlled and sustainable manor.
Excellent Testosterone Booster
The chemicals contained within the root can promote the hormone testosterone, which is primarily responsible for the development and growth of the male reproductive organs and would explain why its use goes beyond that of a treatment for erectile dysfunction and impotence. Bodybuilders also use Tongkat Ali due to the way in which it activates the body’s ability to produce testosterone rather than directly increase its levels within the body avoiding unpleasant side effects.
Its ability to increase muscle mass and strength has meant that popularity amongst these users has exploded in recent years due to the harmful and unpleasant side effects associated with the use of steroids and hormone supplements.
Since its discovery in the deepest jungle many years ago, Tongkat Ali has become recognised for its remarkable properties, and with the scientific community advancing studies into this super herb, in the years to come we will have a greater understanding of how the complex makeup of this small tree can offer such a vast array of health benefits. With responsible and sustainable production it is safe to assume that Tonkat Ali is here to stay for the foreseeable future.