Finding quality Tongkat Ali: Six golden rules to follow.

Last Updated : 26th March 2022

Lets get one thing straight. Finding quality Tongkat Ali that is proven to work is exceptionally tough.

Millions of Tongkat Ali products are sold in the United States each year, and brand owners are short-changing consumers by providing low-quality Tongkat Ali extracts — that are not clinically-tested on humans.

If you are tired of getting cheated when buying cheap Tongkat Ali products in the USA (which are mostly produced illegaly in China), then this article is for you.

Find out tips from our comprehensive guide when searching for the best quality Tongkat Ali products.

🔎 Tips: Finding Quality Tongkat Ali

Mature Tongkat Ali roots harvested for 5 years or longer have higher bioactive compounds (i.e more potent)

✅ Never fall for the 200:1, 500:1 Tongkat Ali extraction ratio. 

Check on the country of origin (Malaysia vs. Indonesia)

Look out for reputable top Tongkat Ali brands that are clinically tested on humans for potency and safety.

Hot-water freeze-dried extraction method provides higher potency & safety

Stick to single-origin Tongkat Ali products for quality extracts.


Tongkat Ali has evolved from an ED-focused pill to an all-purpose supplement that benefits our endocrine system — largely by regulating hormones, eg: boosting testosterone, promoting better mood profile and increasing immunity  

However, you can only gain significant benefits if you are consuming potent Tongkat Ali, or clinically tested Tongkat Ali products.

Without knowing the quality behind the Tongkat Ali extract, only a handful of quality Tongkat Ali brands have shown to deliver noticeable benefits in recent times.

Finest quality Tongkat Ali extract such as MIT-formulated AKARALI Physta®, has undergone more than 26 clinical trials, with 140 million doses of extract produced and sold in 32 countries since 2003.

Physta (also known as LJ100 in the US) is touted as the best and finest quality Tongkat Ali extract which adheres to some of the golden rules that we are about to share in this article.

Now, the objective of this article is to educate consumers to avoid pitfalls when buying sub-quality Tongkat Ali products.

Because, the reality of the herbal supplement is this.

There are loads of garbage out there in the supplement market

Prof Dr. Andrew, University of Stannford, USA

In an unregulated herbal industry filled with marketing claims, what should you look out for when finding top-notch premium quality Tongkat Ali products?

Before we share some tips, here are few words on quality.

A word on quality

Since it’s first discovery centuries ago, quality of Malaysian produced Tongkat Ali has undergone a massive transformation, largely driven by public-driven policies by the Malaysian Government.

In the present day, hundreds of research and clinical trials have been conducted to validate Tongkat Ali’s wide range of health benefits — most of the original studies originated from Malaysia and through a series of global collaborative efforts over the last few decades.

Along with positive reviews of Malaysian Tongkat Ali (i.e Malaysian Ginseng), Malaysia is now on the pedestal as one of the top countries that produce quality Tongkat Ali extracts from its finest wild-harvested Tongkat Ali roots.

As quality dates back to centuries of tradition in Malaysia, here are some golden rules and tips to follow in modern times.

Golden Rules: How To Find The Best Quality Tongkat Ali

There are six golden rules that form the cardinal rules in your search quest. Finding the finest and highest quality Tongkat Ali can never be easier if you apply these rules.

If you have purchased Tongkat Ali on Amazon in the past, pause and take your time to reflect.

These tips are carefully curated to be one of the best-hidden guides when finding the best Tongkat Ali on the planet.

1. Make sure it is mature Tongkat Ali root

Here is the first golden rule. Quality extract comes from the root.

Tongkat Ali root has the highest bioactive ingredients as it absorbs the most nutrients from the soil.

But before the root can generate and store the bioactive ingredients, it needs time to grow!

Yes, quality Tongkat Ali is when you allow it to grow and consume more nutrients over a longer period.

Ideally, the best mature Tongkat Ali roots are between 4 to 5 years depending on the soil, temperature, and location. Some Tongkat Ali plants could not grow to the required height and diameter due to soil conditions, temperature and excessive sunlight exposure.

The best Tongkat Ali root with the highest nutrient is from a 5 year old plant.

Dr. Annie George, Senior Scientist - Biotropics

Senior scientist Dr. Annie George spends 10 years in Biotropics, studying Tongkat Ali bioactive ingredients from various samples and trees in Malaysia.

However, industry observers reported Tongkat Ali manufacturers and suppliers often harvest young premature plants that are less than 3 year old.

Premature plants, averaging 2-3 year old, are often harvested illegally for mass export to China, and sold as Tongkat Ali powder extract to the United States.

Cheap but low-quality Tongkat Ali extract doesn’t guarantee a consistent level of eurycomanone, eurypeptides, saponin and other beneficial bioactive ingredients that your body needs.

Because Tongkat Ali is not a fruit-based plant (like tomatoes, oranges, etc where consumers can taste the final product), it enables dirty tactics by manufacturers to deceive consumers by harvesting premature Tongkat Ali trees, or low quality extract from China.

Would you eat tomatoes, apples, vegetables from premature plants?

Chances are you won’t, would you?

So make sure it is mature Tongkat Ali root extract!

2. Don’t fall for 200:1 Tongkat Ali

Is 200:1 Tongkat Ali extract the best? And should I buy one?

The reality is, 100:1, 200:1, or even 500:1 does not represent a quality Tongkat Ali product, nor does it guarantee any health benefits.

More often than not, the concentration ratio is often abused by manufacturers and marketers as a misleading potency indicator.

The reality is, that a true potency indicator of any botanical or medicinal drugs is measured by the efficacy (of Tongkat Ali) in delivering the required health benefits based on specified dosages.

Is 200:1 Tongkat Ali the most potent? 
  • 200:1 is a concentration ratio that is commonly used by herbal manufacturers to represent the production output gained from a herbal extraction process.
  • 200:1 is not a potency or efficacy indicator. 
  • 200:1 Tongkat Ali is not necessary the most potent or the strongest.
  • 200:1 Tongkat Ali extract was, and still a marketing tool to deceive consumers into believing the higher extraction ratio brings «higher potency»
  • 200:1, 500:1 or 100:1 are not often not regulated by USFDA, which is not regarded as a standardized extract protocol by large industry manufacturers.

Here is a quick explanation behind 200:1 Tongkat Ali extract.

 200:1 Tongkat Ali extract means it takes 200 kg of Tongkat Ali to produce 1 kg of Tongkat Ali extract.

However, here is the ugly truth.

Many herbal manufacturers cut corners by using 200 kg worth of Tongkat Ali’s bark, leaves and branches (instead of 100% pure root) to produce the 200:1 extract.

With no regulation, standards and supervision, the result that you get from most Tongkat Ali sold on Amazon is an inferior product with little to no health benefits.

The above illustrates the difference you get from a quality Tongkat Ali vs. a low quality Tongkat Ali using a 200:1 concentration ratio example.

Now, think twice before buying “quality” 500:1 vs 200:1 Tongkat Ali products.

We shall explain why a quality herbal extraction method that deploys a standardized extract protocol brings higher quality than the traditional 200:1 or 500:1 extraction ratio method.

So lets go on to the third golden rule.

3. Country of origin is important

The third golden rule is equally important and easy to spot.

Regardless if the Tongkat Ali product is made in the USA, always check the country of origin where the raw Tongkat Ali is sourced.

And chances are, most Tongkat Ali extracts are exported into the US — either from Malaysia, Indonesia, or even China.

Sadly, one few honest quality Tongkat Ali products display the country of origin on their labels. And most Tongkat Ali products in the US have shy away from admitting that the Tongkat Ali extracts are formulated from unknown labs in China.

Malaysia or Indonesian Tongkat Ali. Which is the best? 

Here are some key facts:

  • 90% of raw Tongkat Ali in the market today comes from Malaysia (and some of parts of Indonesia of course).

  • Indonesian Tongkat Ali manufacturers are notorious for cheating their customers with sub-par quality extracts.

  • Indonesian Tongkat Ali has higher mercury due to rampant illegal mining, which caused damages to the soil with higher toxicity found in most parts of Indonesia and the Kalimantan area.
  • China Tongkat Ali manufacturers smuggle Tongkat Ali illegally from Indonesia and resell it in the US market.

Malaysia is blessed with strong Tongkat Ali supply chain with robust ecosystem.

Nik Fahmi, Biotropics

Malaysian companies are gaining trust compared to Indonesia-made products due to extensive quality on its supply-chain and manufacturing practices.

Rare, but if you want highest quality, look out for GMP, ISO-certified and USFDA-inspected Tongkat Ali manufacturers in Malaysia.

If you want to know more, there are five reasons why the best quality Tongkat Ali is from Malaysia

4. Look out for reputable brands

The fourth golden rule applies if you are brand conscious when searching for the finest Tongkat Ali products. If health your new wealth, then you should!

Now, look beyond the glossy branding hype by independent Tongkat Ali resellers or brands with fancy social media influencers on Amazon.

The reality is this.

Reputable nonchalant but high-quality Tongkat Ali brands are often clinically tested for safety, potency and efficacy.

Avoid unbelievably cheap Tongkat Ali products too. There is always a catch behind exceptionally low prices — it may cause adverse effects as experienced by many.

Nootropics Depot Tongkat Ali caused nausea

Don Verb, 41, United States

Like Don who reportedly experienced nausea after taking Tongkat Ali in his two-week review, we totally understand his frustration.

With more than 100 brands of Tongkat Ali (with various names such Pasak Bumi, Long Jack, etc), how do you identify a trusted Tongkat Ali brand?

Before making a purchase, please consider reading the Tongkat Ali Global Brand Survey which includes compilation more than 20-50 popular Tongkat Ali brands around the world including price comparison, price per capsule and others.

You can view it here.

5. Check the herbal extraction method

Quality Tongkat Ali may not require 200:1 or even 500:1 extraction ratio to guarantee its potency.

By debunking the myth behind the infamous herbal extraction ratio, you should be aware that the herbal extraction technology, methodology & processes deliver the greatest distinction between premium quality and other generic Tongkat Ali quality that you can find.

Here are some common Tongkat Ali extraction methods.

Tongkat Ali extraction methods 
  • Ethanol extraction — most common, cheap to extract but with lower bioactive compounds
  • Hot-water extraction — rare with higher quality bioactive compounds
  • Hot-water freeze-dried extraction — super rare and with the highest bioactive compounds

Whilst the best herbal extraction protocol matters, the best Tongkat Ali herbal extraction technology must be clinically tested by certified scientists and qualified personnel to ensure the amount of bio-active ingredients are beneficial to your health (eg: testosterone, DHEA, libido, muscle growth).

And this exemplary quality and consistency can only be achieved by a few specialized Tongkat Ali manufacturers — such as the world-renowned Physta Hot-Water Freeze-Dried Tongkat Ali extract.

Some of the finest Tongkat Ali in the market today is painstakingly produced through one of the most complex herbal extraction methods shown below:

A standardized patented extract such as MIT-formulated Physta® often has higher potency and consistency when subjected to various conditions — which results in higher than average bio-absorption and superior health benefits across different demographics of users.

I saw significant improvement in strength and lost some weight too

Don Verb, 41, United States

Real-world reviews showed a noticeable increase in lean muscle mass and weight loss in two weeks, after consuming quality freeze-dried extract Tongkat Ali.

The freeze-dried extraction method is touted as a premium extraction protocol. More on industrial method of freeze-drying here

6. Stick to Single Origin Tongkat Ali

Now here is the last tip that many have ignored. Although rare, single-origin Tongkat Ali roots are highly sought after due to their authenticity and sustainability practices.

Single-origin Tongkat Ali means it is harvested at the same location by the same community. The advantage of single-origin Tongkat Ali is the long-term sustainability and consistency of raw Tongkat Ali roots.

You can find single-origin Tongkat Ali, harvested by highly-trained indigenous people in remote Malaysian rainforests, hidden away from civilization in the states of Pahang and Johor.

Many have tried harvesting Tongkat Ali in open fields in Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam, but most failed to grow Tongkat Ali plants to its required specifications.

Single-origin provides better long-term sustainability from replanting efforts and practices.

And lest you forget, the best research and clinical trials are based on 100% single-ingredient, i.e 100% Tongkat Ali roots. 

In addition, studies have shown consuming mixed-herbal supplements such as the Fadogia Agrestis-Tongkat Ali combo may not deliver the required health benefits.

If you are curious how does Tongkat Ali compare to Horny Goat Weed, Maca, Yohimbine and others herbal supplements based on scientific evidence, you can read more about it here.

Last Words

More consumers are demanding for quality Tongkat Ali in recent years and this is a good sign.

Beyond the golden rules, you can perform a simple quality test on Tongkat Ali at home. It is easy to do should you have the opportunity to have two Tongkat Ali products with you.

You can compare the quality of two Tongkat Ali brands by watching the video below and follow these steps:

  1. Place your recently purchased Tongkat Ali capsule and another brand of Tongkat Ali in two separate glasses filled with warm water.
  2. Stir it for 3 minutes and let dissolve.
  3. Compare and observe the two glasses

Can you notice the difference?

A Tongkat Ali with quality extract will dissolve completely in water with minimal or no excess residue (that may be harmful to your kidney in the long term)

If you are first-time user and do not notice any noticeable difference after consuming Tongkat Ali after 48 hours, clearly you are not getting a quality product!

For more information, do visit our Tongkat Ali FAQ. Believe me, it is one of the most comprehensive FAQ on the planet.

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

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