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Tongkat Ali Dosage Guide: Daily Dose, Duration & Max Limit

The optimal dosage from Tongkat Ali will provide the best health gains that you desire. On the other hand, incorrect dosage may lead to poor gains or even unexpected side effects. 

Here is a common question – how much Tongkat Ali should I take daily?

According to heathline.com, “Tongkat Ali is appeared to be safe in doses of 200mg to 400mg per day”.

The dosage that I have been using for years now is 400mg per day.

Dr. Andrew Huberman, Neuroscientist (Stanford University, USA)

But what is the ideal Tongkat Ali dosage if you need to gain more, or if you have specific health goals like building muscle mass, or improving libido?

Tongkat Ali is a supplement that is generally safe to be consumed between 150mg to 600mg continuously for 4 weeks or more with or without ON/OFF cycle.

Here is a complete dosage guide for first-time users and existing Tongkat Ali users. Learn more about the daily recommended Tongkat Ali dosage for specific health goals, the maximum limit, and the potential side effects of consuming a higher dose.

Consuming the right dosage may deliver the optimal gains that you desire, thus maximizing the full potential benefits from Tongkat Ali.

General Dosage Guide

How much Tongkat Ali should you take to revitalize general health and well-being?

The general Tongkat Ali dosage guide is for those seeking to revitalize overall health, without a need to focus on gains in specific areas.

The recommended daily dosage for Tongkat Ali is between 150mg to 200mg per day for healthy adults above 18 years of age.

  • The minimum effective dose: 150mg daily
  • The maximum recommended dose: 600mg daily
  • Can be consumed daily, before or after meal
  • Can be consumed with interval weekly breaks.

Note:

  • Most clinical trials are based on continuous consumption of Tongkat Ali between four to twelve weeks.
  • You can consume with one week OFF and one week ON cycle (i.e alternate weeks). More guide on OFF/ON cycle in this article.

Health-focused Dosage Guide

How much Tongkat Ali should you take if you have specific health goals such as improving libido, boost my testosterone, build more muscles and strength?

A health-focused Tongkat Ali dosage guide is tailored to ensure more consistent gains in specific areas. This allows you to monitor for any noticeable gains based on your health objectives or goals.

Here is a quick dosage guide:

  1. For bodybuilding: 400mg – 600mg daily
  2. For lean muscle development: 200mg – 400mg daily
  3. For sports and anaerobic exercises: 200mg to 400mg daily 
  4. For erection: 200mg to 400mg daily
  5. For sperm motility & concentration: 200mg daily
  6. For testosterone: 200mg – 400mg daily 
  7. For cortisol: 200mg daily
  8. For the immune system: 100mg – 200mg daily

Note:

  • Optimal gains from the above dosage guide are supplemented with regular exercise and a healthy diet.
  • Most clinical trials are based on continuous consumption of Tongkat Ali between four to twelve weeks.
  • You can consume with one week OFF and one week ON cycle (i.e alternate weeks). More guide on OFF/ON cycle in this article.

On top of the general and health-focused dosage guide, we documented a range of Tongkat Ali daily dosages from past and present clinical trials to ease your consumption.

Download a comprehensive Tongkat Ali dosage used in 26 clinical trials using Physta® Tongkat Ali extract to optimize your gains and achieve your health goals.

Dosage Guide: ON and OFF cycle

When to use ON and OFF cycle:

  • When you need to optimize your gains or when you need to achieve your desired results.
  • Suitable for amateur or professional bodybuilders, athletes or anyone looking to optimize their health goals.

ON and OFF cycle Guide:

  • 4 weeks on and 1 week off

Note: For bodybuilders, athletes, competitive sports or if you want to maximize your gains, you can consider adjusting your dosage as follows:

  • Week 1 – Week 4:  200 mg/day taken 1 hour before workouts 
  • Week 5: OFF Day (0 mg/day)
  • Week 6: Repeat the above cycle (by increasing daily dosage up by 100mg, if needed, or until desired effects are achieved)

How long should you cycle Tongkat Ali?

  • Dr. Kyle Gillett, MD, a hormone optimization expert recommends cycling Tongkat Ali with 11 months on, and 1 month off.
  • He added that those taking Tongkat Ali and Fadogia Agrestis combo should ideally cycle with 3 weeks on, and 1 week off.

Note on Tongkat Ali cycle:

  • Ideally must be accompanied by regular exercises.
  • OFF and ON cycle enables your hormones to have more time to adjust and gain full effect from Tongkat Ali bioactive ingredients (eg: quassinoids from eurycomanone, alkaloids).

Tongkat Ali cycling of 11 months on and 1 month off is pretty reasonable

Dr. Kyle Gillet, MD (Physician, College Park Olathe Northwest)

A word on Tongkat Ali Dosage

Tongkat Ali is dosage-dependent in order to deliver maximum health gains.

On this note, Tongkat Ali dosage depends highly on its potency (i.e the strength of Tongkat Ali that can be extracted) – and this potency varies from one Tongkat Ali brand to another.

There are many Tongkat Ali brands sold in the US  that recommend 600mg to 1,000mg Tongkat Ali daily.

But do you need to consume 1,000mg of Tongkat Ali daily?

The truth is, a higher dose of Tongkat Ali may not be necessary once you understand the relationship between dosage, potency and efficacy.

Is Tongkat Ali dosage related to potency, or efficacy?

There is a direct relationship between Tongkat Ali dosage, potency, and efficacy. Here is a quick definition.

  • Potency is used as a comparative measure of different doses between two Tongkat Ali products/extract that are needed to produce the same pharmacological effect (i.e response).
  • Meanwhile, efficacy is the ability of a product to produce any beneficial effects. 

In short, if you are consuming a potent Tongkat Ali product, you can consume a lower dosage (eg: 200mg daily) to produce a similar, if not, higher effect (response) to achieve your health goals.

In comparison, a less potent Tongkat Ali product requires a higher dosage to deliver the required effect. 

Consuming a higher Tongkat Ali dosage from a less potent Tongkat Ali may cause nausea, below-average benefits, and possibly unknown side effects.

The relationship between dosage, potency and efficacy on various Tongkat Ali products are shown below.

  • The strongest Tongkat Ali with the highest potency and efficacy can be found from the best-handpicked roots with cutting-edge standardized extraction technology.

The truth is, you may not gain more by consuming a higher dosage from Tongkat Ali with lower potency.

In the next sections, we shall share the optimal Tongkat Ali dosage used in various applications to achieve your health goals. This is based on research and scientific evidence across multiple clinical trials and studies.

Gain more from Tongkat Ali with the right dosage!

Tongkat Ali Dosage: Bodybuilding, sports amateurs and semi-professional athletes.

The optimal Tongkat Ali dosage for bodybuilding, anaerobic sports such as MMA, boxing, cycling, running or body toning is between 100mg to 400mg daily.

Here are clinical trials and studies to support the daily dosage consumption for bodybuilding and high-intensity sports.

Tongkat Ali daily dosage

Number of test subjects

Research and Clinical Study Conducted by

Research Findings and outcomes from prescribed dosage

 

200mg

63

(men and women)

Dr. Shawn Talbott

Dr. Annie George

·       Improvement of testosterone levels

400mg

25

(men and women)

Dr. Ralf Henkel

Dr. Ismail Tambi

·       Improvement in muscle strength

100mg

14

(men and women)

Dr. Hamzah

Dr. A Yusof

·       Improvement of lean body mass

·       Reduction of body fat

 

100mg to 400mg Tongkat Ali daily dosage can improve performance and is mainly used as a pre-workout and post-workout supplement for high intensity sports.

In addition, real-world body transformation gains with 200mg-400mg daily intake showed visible improvements in muscle growth, strength and respectable weight loss after six weeks.

Tongkat Ali Dosage Advice on Bodybuilding
  • There are many semi or professional bodybuilders who consume a high dose of Tongkat Ali between 600mg to 1,000mg daily with weekly OFF / ON cycle in order to achieve rapid gains.
  • A high dose of Tongkat Ali above 600mg may cause mild insomnia or other unreported side effects.
  • Should you need to take a higher dosage of more than 600mg or even 800mg daily for the purpose of bodybuilding, our recommendation is to consult your nearest doctor for advice and check your medical condition before consuming an excessive amount of Tongkat Ali.

Tongkat Ali Dosage: Men’s Libido, ED, Sperm Concentration & Motility

The recommended Tongkat Ali daily dosage is 200mg – 300mg if you are seeking to improve libido, sperm concentration and sperm motility. This dosage is scientifically proven to improve Erectile Dysfunction (ED) symptoms and works well if you are androgen deficient.

Here are clinical trials and studies to support the Tongkat Ali dosage.

Tongkat Ali daily dosage

Number of test subjects

Clinical Study Conducted by

Research findings from prescribed dosage

 

300mg

 

26

(men and women)

Dr. Jay K Udani

Dr. Annie George

Dr. Michael Pakdaman

 

Improvement in erection time, sperm concentration and motility

 

View Research

 

200mg

45

(men)

Dr. Alice Erwig

Dr. Melissa Carvalho

Dr. Andriea Pelegrini

 

Improvement in Erectile Dysfunction in Androgen Deficiency of Aging Males (ADAM)

 

View Research

 

300mg

109

(men)

 

Dr. Shaiful Bahari

Dr. Annie George

Dr. Wan Zahiruddin

 

Improved sexual libido, sperm motility and semen volume

 

View Research

 

 

Whilst some reported that a 200 mg daily dosage of Tongkat Ali is sufficient to cause a better erection – due to the release of more free testosterone, this depends largely on the level of androgen or testosterone in your body before consuming Tongkat Ali.

Tongkat is dosage and age-dependent. If you are above 65 and diagnosed with a low testosterone, you may need a higher dosage between 200mg to 400mg to be able to notice an improvement.

We suggest measuring your testosterone levels regularly after consuming Tongkat Ali for 6 to 12 weeks to record any changes or improvements.

Anytime I’ve taken more than 400mg per day, I don’t feel good.

Dr. Andrew Huberman, Neuroscientist (Stanford University, USA)

For some, consuming a higher dosage of Tongkat Ali may not translate to better results. In the case of Dr. Andrew Huberman in his latest video, he reported “not feeling good” if he takes more than 400mg of Tongkat Ali per day.

Whilst there is no official prescribed allowable limit, the maximum dosage of Tongkat Ali is believed to be in the north of 1,000mg per day.

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Higher dosage:

Can I take 1000 mg Tongkat Ali?

It is not recommended to take 1,000mg of Tongkat Ali daily unless there is a reason to do so. For instance, to achieve specific health goals if you are involved in professional bodybuilding or sports.

Most Tongkat Ali studies related to body transformation, and competitive sports are based on 400mg daily consumption of Tongkat Ali over a period of 4 to 24 weeks.

Should I consume more than 1000 mg of Tongkat Ali?

It is not recommended to consume more than 1,000mg of Tongkat Ali daily despite many Tongkat Ali products out there prescribing a higher dosage of 1,000mg or 1,500mg.

In fact, please be wary of such recommendations as it could mean the Tongkat Ali extract has lower potency or low level of bioactive ingredients as a result of low-quality extraction processes.

Please note that Tongkat Ali is not a medicinal drug and a higher dosage from a less potent Tongkat Ali may not translate to higher gains or better health benefits.

For instance, 200mg of a potent Tongkat Ali contains a higher amount of bioactive ingredients compared to a 1,000mg of Tongkat Ali with a low concentrated extract.

Hot-water freeze-dried standardized extract offers higher potency. It means you need between 200mg – 400mg daily dose of Tongkat Ali to deliver optimal gains based on your health goals.

Side effects: High dosage

What happens if you consume more than 1,000mg of Tongkat Ali?

For healthy adults, you may experience mild insomnia, higher anxiety, irritability or jittery or even nausea. Some have a higher tolerance to alkaloids and a higher dose of Tongkat Ali will not yield any side effects.

If you have mild or undiagnosed insomnia, or difficulties sleeping, consuming 1000mg or more will worsen the conditions or symptoms associated with a sleeping disorder.

It is recommended to stop consuming Tongkat Ali immediately, or lower your dose to 100mg to 200mg daily should you experience any of the symptoms or side effects from higher doses of Tongkat Ali.

Warnings

Regardless of the dosage, Tongkat Ali is not recommended and never to be consumed if you fall into any of the following categories:

  • Children below 18 years of age
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding mothers
  • Chronic Heart Disease
  • Diagnosed or undiagnosed cancer
  • Positive COVID-19 with Category 4 or 5
  • Chronic insomnia or diagnosed with any form of mental health disorder
  • Mild to chronic allergies to alkaloids, quassinoids, glycosaponin, or caffeine
  • If you have undergone major surgery or an organ transplant in the last 365 days

Disclaimer: 

The recommended daily dosage written in this article is based on research publications and clinical trials conducted by researchers, scientists and doctors. The content published on this website is for educational purposes and should not be viewed, read or seen as a prescription or any constitute any form of medical advice. We recommend you consult your nearest GP or doctors before consuming Tongkat Ali or any products which contains Tongkat Ali. We will not be responsible if the prescribed daily dose is suitable for you, your health, or if it cause any severe side effects that may jeopardize your existing or future state of health. For further information, kindly refer to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for more information.

Naressa Khan contributes regularly on AKARALI. As a researcher and investigative journalist specializing in nutrition and natural wellness, 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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