Authentic Tongkat Ali Review: Rooting Down The Facts

Have you been directed to every time you search for authentic Tongkat Ali? Before you attempt your first purchase, please find our in-depth review of Sumatra Pasak Bumi’s Authentic Tongkat Ali.

Sumatra Pasak Bumi is an Indonesian manufacturer of Tongkat Ali that has been sold in a wide range of online platforms such as Amazon and eBay. According to Sumatra Pasak Bumi claims their Tongkat Ali supplement has the potential to increase free testosterone levels in the range of 25% to 50%.

But how authentic are these claims?

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 Southeast Asia and Indo-China region.

Authentic Tongkat Ali can be found in two countries — i.e Malaysia and Indonesia, both are the net exporter of Tongkat Ali in the world. However, there are 5 reasons why Tongkat Ali from Malaysia continues to be the preferred choice amongst consumers.

Tongkat Ali supplements are widely consumed in recent years due to increased awareness of its proven benefits amongst other herbs in the market.

Due to technology advancement in research and developments, authentic Yellow Tongkat Ali (i.e Eurycoma Longifolia) is touted as safe with little or no side effects. Check out the full list of scientific-backed potential health benefits here.  

There are three types of Tongkat Ali – Yellow, Black and Red Tongkat Ali. However, these come from different plants. In short, the herb greatly improves libido in both men and women, improves fertility, boosts endurance and stamina, increases energy levels, improves sports performance, eases mental fatigue, and even assists with weight loss.

Assessing Authenticity of Tongkat Ali

The best way to verify the authenticity of any Tongkat Ali brands is by assessing its quality attributes such as:

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

So before one can stamp a mark to claim their brand as “authentic”, it must adhere to certain standards and quality processes.

Read more about quality processes on Tongkat Ali here.

Ingredient Analysis

Pasak Bumi Tongkat Ali was manufactured in Indonesia – where Tongkat Ali roots were chopped in small pieces and soaked in water.

How the bio-active was extracted from Tongkat Ali (i.e the herbal extraction method) was not explained clearly but the website 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


Wonder why we feel better after drinking cold-pressed juices or freeze-dried herbal extracts? Think again.

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 marks the authenticity of the product.



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

Tongkat Ali Authenticity Test

If you are in doubt, you can perform this simple test at home to verify the authenticity of Tongkat Ali. Open the capsules and dissolve it in a glass of warm water for 5 minutes.

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 extract with highest level of potency as it retains the best bio-active compounds for our body.

Besides visible difference, you can feel the immediate energy difference with authentic well-processed Tongkat Ali.

Check out the video below!

Last Words

It is unfortunate that many brands have sold under the ticket of “Authentic Tongkat Ali” but real authenticity lies in quality.

The best assessment for consumers is to compare quality attributes. 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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