Getting to know Tongkat Ali
Tongkat Ali Malaysia (Eurycoma Longifolia Jack) is a shrub commonly found on the slopes of the tropical rainforest of Malaysia. It is not something new to Southeast Asian countries including Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam. Most locals called Tongkat Ali as the “Malaysian Ginseng” while Chinese referred it as the “Nanyang Ginseng”, As the ancient wisdom sayings, “Good Medicine tastes bitter”, Tongkat Ali has more benefits than you can count. Not only does it known as male testosterone booster used widely in male enhancement products, Tongkat Ali serves as a natural medical herb that is ideal for treating a wide range of diseases.
Reaching the height of 15 – 18 meters and removing the fruit after 2 – 3 years of cultivation, perfect maturity is reached at the age of 25 years. However for commercial purposes, the roots are harvested only after 4 years of planting. The fruit is 2-3 cm long and is dark red when ripe. The leaves are fine, 10-15 inches long with 10-30 strings while the male and female flowers are in different trees.
Generally, the most prominent roots but the stems, flowers and leaves are also beneficial. Traditionally, it is used as anti-malarial, anti-ulcer and postpartum treatment. The leaves are used to prevent gum disease and treat sexually transmitted diseases (syphilis and gonorrhea) and its roots to reduce blood pressure, fever and fatigue.
Scientific research: benefits, harms and side effects
Since its inception, studies have been conducted to confirm its nutritional claims and identify side effects. Some of the benefits and harms that have been proven through scientific studies until 2013 include:
Did you know “other” health benefits of Tongkat Ali?
Anti-malaria: anti-malaria activity of K-1 Thai malaria, several types of malaria in Indonesia, perfect inhibition of six malaria malaria and 2 root compounds showing anti-malarial potential).
Anti-diabetes: shows a drop in blood sugar in high-sugar (hyperglycaemic) cases and has no significant effect on normal (normoglycaemic) levels.
Anti-bacteria: leaf extracts and stems indicate activity in both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria except 2 types of Gram-negative bacteria; but the root extract does not show any anti-bacterial activity.
Masculine nature and sexual activity: According to lab test research, shows increased sexual activity of adult mice, sexual motivation of pigs that have been pensioned and lusted in older mice and pigs which have pensions
Spermatogenesis and fertility cycle: According to lab test research, showed a significant increase in the number of spermatocytes and spermatids, the rate of spermatozoa and the number of Leydig cells and the fertility and productivity index of male mice.
How can Tongkat Ali increase the chances of getting pregnant?
It actually helps those with fertility problems such as lack of sperm and impotence. As a result of the study, its intake increases the level of testosterone responsible for the development of male organs, including increasing the number and quality of the sperm. Normal testosterone levels can also maintain the energy level, mood, fertility and sexual desire.
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