Authentic Tongkat Ali Review: Rooting Down The Facts

Have you been directed to every time you search for authentic Tongkat Ali? Or are you searching for an authentic Pasak Bumi?

If you didn’t know, Tongkat Ali is famously known with other names such as ‘Pasak Bumi’ (Indonesia), Cay Ba Binh (Vietnam), Pin Yin: 东革阿里 or Dōng gé āllǐ (China), ‘Longjack’ (United States) or even ‘Malaysian Ginseng’.

This article provides an in-depth review and explanation of authentic Tongkat Ali. Product comparison study between Pasak Bumi’s Authentic Tongkat Ali and other brands will help consumers to find genuine Tongkat Ali.

Sumatra Pasak Bumi is an Indonesian manufacturer of Tongkat Ali that has been sold widely on Amazon and eBay. According to the Sumatra Pasak Bumi website, their product has the potential to increase free testosterone levels in the range of 25% to 50%.

There has been deceptive and fake news in recent years of how authentic Tongkat Ali can yield superior benefits without much evidence.

Can an undisputed Tongkat Ali brand such as Sumatra Pasak Bumi improve testosterone by that amount? And are these claims backed by scientific research?

Our research team went to investigate deeper on authentic Tongkat Ali claim from Pasak Bumi Sumatra by testing one bottle we bought from Amazon.

Our Verdict

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Pasak Bumi Authentic Tongkat Ali

Whether it is called Pasak Bumi (by Indonesians) or Tongkat Ali (by Malaysians), this herbal root is native to these two countries. Assessing genuine Tongkat Ali can be a nightmare for consumers.

Tongkat Ali supplements are widely consumed in recent years due to a wide array of proven benefits compared to other similar root-based herbs such as Panax Ginseng. 

There are three types of Tongkat Ali available to consumers and manufacturers – Yellow, Black and Red Tongkat Ali. However, most authentic Tongkat Ali comes from Yellow Tongkat Ali (i.e Eurycoma Longifolia) due to its wide applications and safety.

There are 5 reasons why Tongkat Ali from Malaysia continues to be the preferred choice amongst consumers, with strong regulation from Government amongst others.

However, these come from different plants. As such, the bio-active compounds from various Tongkat Ali plants vary greatly on the improvement of libido, fertility, endurance and stamina, energy levels, mental fatigue, and other health benefits.

Assessing Authenticity of Tongkat Ali

There are few methods to assess the authenticity of Tongkat Ali products in the market. From general consumers, the best way is by assessing quality attributes from the information presented in the public domain (or in the packaging) such as:

  • Quality Certifications – from the manufacturer or the Ministry of Health
  • Herbal Extraction Technique
  • Quality Tests – what are the tests performed at every quality checkpoints
  • Customer Feedback – from product reviews, recommendations, etc

Read more about quality processes on Tongkat Ali here.

Identifying Genuine Tongkat Ali

Now, the assessment criteria can be easily understood and executed, but how do you then identify a genuine or original Tongkat Ali beyond what was written on the box or bottle based on regulatory requirements?

The short answer is, look out for the content of the Tongkat Ali extract and more importantly the extraction method too.

The extraction method tells more stories behind any authentic Tongkat Ali products.

The reality is, bio-active compounds for any herbal products differ greatly and depends largely on the extraction technology.

In the case of Pasak Bumi Authentic Tongkat Ali, the herbal extraction method was not explained clearly on the website. The only available information stated “the water pulls out the active ingredients, and then that mixture is dehydrated to leave a concentrated product

Pasak Bumi’s extraction method did not explain the level of eurycomanone, a quality marker that widely used by chemists and herbal laboratory analysts to extract the best bio-active compounds from Tongkat Ali.

Similar to other common manufacturer claims, Sumatra Pasak Bumi mentioned that the 200:1 extract, i.e 200 grams of root was used to extract 1 grams of Tongkat Ali. The marketing hype we all led to believe is that the 200:1 extract is about four times as potent as the 50:1 extract.

However, in reality, potency is measured by:

  • The quantity of bio-active compounds that can be extracted from Tongkat Ali
  • The absorption (i.e effectiveness) of the bio-active compounds in your body


Supplement Facts on Pasak Bumi:

  • Source of Tongkat Ali plant – Indonesia
  • Manufactured in Indonesia
  • Serving size: 3 pills per day for 600 mg 1:200; 4 pills per day for 300 mg 1:200
  • Tongkat ali – 200 mg

Our review

Pasak Bumi Authentic Tongkat Ali vs. AKARALI™

Here is our assessment based on several quality parameters that mark the authenticity of a Tongkat Ali brand. Please note that our review is based on public information available.



Pasak Bumi 


Manufacturer Ownership

Government of Malaysia


Chromatography Test



GMP Certified



Halal Certified



Trademark Registered



Standardized Extract



Freeze-Dried Extraction Technology Physta®



Potency Level



Ministry of Health (MOH) Certified










USD 36.90

USD 119

Authentic Tongkat Ali is rich with bio-active compounds

Authentic Tongkat Ali is rich with bio-active compounds that are extracted to ensure optimal health benefits. It means, the type of extraction method brings a difference to your health.

So, authenticity goes beyond the quality of the Tongkat Ali roots that are handpicked but also the extraction process.

Now, a superior extraction method that is original such as Physta® Tongkat Ali contains one of the highest bio-active compounds in the herbal industry. This formulation has been used by scientists to validate its health benefits.

Therefore, another perspective of assessing authenticity is by measuring the level of bioactive compounds that can be extracted from Tongkat Ali such as eurycomanone, glyosaponin, polysaccharide and total protein.

Lets look at the specifications of a high-quality authentic Tongkat Ali extract obtained from our Certificate of Analysis (COA).


Total Eurycomanone

Physta® patented extraction offers higher level of eurycomanone content than other methods.

Eurycomanone is a major bio-active chemical found which is unique to Tongkat Ali. It belongs to the quassinoid molecule family structure and contain antiplasmodial, anticancer, anti-HIV and other pharmacological benefits. 


Total Glycosaponin

Physta® extraction method offers significantly higher glycosaponin level than Panax ginseng (i.e 15% saponins)

Saponins are chemical compounds that are widely found in a range of natural plants including Tongkat Ali. Saponin is used in vaccine formulations to regulate immune function, reduces cholesterol levels, kill disease-causing bacteria, scavenge oxidative stress and inhibit tumor growth. 


Total Polysaccharide

Polysaccharides are polymeric carbohydrates that are mainly used for storing energy and providing support to cells and tissues. Studies have shown that sulfate polysaccharides exhibit immunomodulatory, antitumor, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antiviral activities including anti-HIV infection, herpes, and hepatitis viruses.


Total Protein

Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma Longifolia) contains a natural plant-based protein that is safe and can be used to supplement our daily protein intake. Most Tongkat Ali plants found in Malaysia contain 0.3868 and 0.9573 mg mL(-1) of crude protein, making it ideal for vegans who are seeking for alternative source of plant-based protein.

Authentic Tongkat Ali attracts scientific validation from researchers and scientists

There are scientists who are deeply invested in their time to validate the authenticity of Tongkat Ali’s health benefits. This level of commitment from years of research is performed only on original and premium Tongkat Ali extracts.

The fact is not many Tongkat Ali brands are deemed authentic in the market today. More so if they did not, or not ready to undertake independent research to back their health claims. Sumatra Pasak Bumi could be one of the examples of a highly popular Tongkat Ali brands without much authenticity features that are backed with scientific validation.

Brands such as Physta® is a success story when it comes to authenticity and quality. This comes as a result of extensive research and development by scientists and researchers around the world.

Here are some of the scientists and researchers who are actively involved in the research and development of Physta® Tongkat Ali – in clinical trials and other research activities. 

Dr Annie George

Head, Science & Research, Biotropics Malaysia Berhad.

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Professor ChoKyun Rha

Professor of Biomaterials Sciences and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T., USA)

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Professor Dr. Anthony J. Sinskey

Professor of Microbiology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T, USA), Co-Director of the Malaysia-MIT Biotechnology Partnership Program and Faculty Director of the MIT Center for Biomedical Innovation (CBI).

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T. G. Sambandan

Researcher at Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T., USA)

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Professor Emeritus Dr. Ismail Tambi

Clinical Consultant Andrologist and a Reproductive and Sexual Health Specialist, Damai Hospital, Kuala Lumpur.

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Professor Katsuiku Hirokawa

Professor of Emeritus in Pathology at Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan.

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Professor Ralf Henkel

Senior Professor at Department of Medical Biosciences, University of the Western Cape, South Africa.

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Sun Tao

A chief scientist, professor, and chief physician, with expertise in anti-aging and stem cell technologies, China

Shawn Talbott

Fellow of both the American College of Sports Medicine and the American College of Nutrition, USA

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Jay Udani

Founder and CEO of Medicus Research LLC, USA.

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Tongkat Ali Authenticity Test

Now here is a common question from consumers – is my Tongkat Ali authentic? And how do I know if my Tongkat Ali is genuinely authentic compared to other brands?

Chances are you too lazy to ascertain the originality of that Tongkat Ali product you just bought on Amazon.

If you are still in doubt, you can perform this simple test at home to verify the authenticity of Tongkat Ali.

Here are some quick steps:

  1. Open both capsules (assuming you have bought two different brands) and dissolve it in a glass of warm water for 5 minutes.
  2. Once stirred, the low grade Tongkat Ali brands which have “other unknown ingredients” will be seen with some residue – as the other unknown ingredients are not dissolved completely in water. And that is how your body function! Imagine what the effect to your kidneys after a long period of time.

On the other hand, Tongkat Ali which uses freeze-dried extraction technology provides one of the finest extracts with the highest level of potency. Higher potency delivers the best bio-active compounds that your body needs.

Besides visible differences, you can feel a boost in energy from your activities with authentic well-processed Tongkat Ali.

Check out the video below!

Last Words on Authenticity

It is unfortunate that many brands have sold under the ticket of “Authentic Tongkat Ali” but real authenticity lies in quality extraction and scientific validation. While Sumatra Pasak Bumi is one of the popular Tongkat Ali brands out there, consumers deserve authenticated and certified products that yield better benefits.

This is important for consumers as the word “authentic” is loosely used as a marketing claim to deceive consumers into believing that an authentic product delivers the highest quality.

When it comes to purchasing single-ingredient Tongkat Ali supplements, you may want to stick to a more reputable brand that adheres to quality processes and quality touch points.

Remember do your research before you buy one!

Do us a favour and leave us a comment on your experience with Tongkat Ali. We want to hear from you!

Naressa Khan contributes regularly on AKARALI. As a writer and journalist, Naressa is all about creating, deconstructing, and reassembling meanings through words. With this approach always in mind, she eagerly explores the nuances in life via the aspects of lifestyle, culture, travel, health, and wellness.

Disclaimer: Content published in this article is not intended to provide any form of recommendations, directly or indirectly to purchase or consume herbal supplements, drugs, medications, alternative remedies and practices or any brands mentioned in this article. By reading this, the sole responsibility and decision lies on the reader to make an informed decision based on publicly available information published on the internet. Any herbal supplements can be used as a health supplement, dietary plan or to treat illnesses. However, we encourage you to consult your nearest doctor before making any purchase from this website or any other websites or social platforms after reading this article. We do not hold any responsibility or accountability for any products purchased from this website or any third-party websites that are linked to this articles, sales channels or social platforms

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