Tongkat Ali Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Welcome to the one-stop resource and information about Tongkat Ali. We help you answer common questions on Tongkat Ali, compiled from multiple credible sources.

What is Tongkat Ali?

Tongkat Ali is a natural herbal root from the plant Eurycoma Longifolia which is found in Malaysian and Indonesian rainfrorests.

Tongkat Ali is also commonly known as ‘Pasak Bumi’ in Indonesia, Cay Ba Binh in Vietnam, Pin Yin: 东革阿里 or Dōng gé ālǐ in China, ‘Longjack’ in the United States or Europe and ‘Malaysian Ginseng’ or `Akar Ali’ by locals.

The origin of the name “Tongkat Ali” comes from the Malay language that means Ali’s root.

Where does Tongkat Ali come from?

Tongkat Ali is consumed for centuries in Malaysia for health and general well-being.

The origin of Tongkat Ali as herbal remedies to treat various illnesses traced back to the 1600s and the 1800s when Malaysia was once a British colony.

This quintessentially Malaysian herb has a great history that has received international media coverage for its potential as an alternative remedy.

What are the potential health benefits of Tongkat Ali?

Multiple human clinical studies over the last 20 years have resulted in the following benefits: 

There are 12 potential benefits from scientifically-backed evidence on Tongkat Ali. Access to scientific and research studies can be found here.

What is Tongkat Ali in English or in other language?

Tongkat Ali in English is known as Longjack. In fact, it is one of the few herbs which has multiple household names in different languages, depending on which country you live in.

Tongkat Ali is also commonly known as ‘Pasak Bumi’ in Indonesia, Cay Ba Binh in Vietnam, Pin Yin: 东革阿里 or Dōng gé ālǐ in China, ‘Longjack’ in United States or Europe and ‘Malaysian Ginseng’ or `Akar Ali’ by locals.  Interestingly the Russians and Arabs refer to it as “Tongat Ali”.

The word “Tongkat Ali” root comes from a direct translation from the Malay language that means Ali’s root. It is also common for locals to refer Tongkat Ali as Akar Ali, and easily pronounced as aka-rali in short.

Tongkat Ali and Long Jack. Are they the same?

Yes. Tongkat Ali and Long Jack are from the same plant, Eurycoma Longifolia.

Tongkat Ali is commonly known as Long Jack in the United States. 

The word “Long” comes from the word “Longifolia” which describes the physical attributes of the plant with long slender leaves. In Latin, “Longus” means long and “Folia” refers to the leaves.

What is Eurycoma Longifolia?

Eurycoma Longifolia is the scientific name of the Tongkat Ali plant that is found in remote rainforests of Malaysia.

This plant is often referred to as Eurycoma Longifolia by researchers and scientists. However, it is not commonly known by that name amongst general consumers.

The word “Eurycoma Longifolia” comes from Greek and Latin words.

In Greek, the word “eurys” originally means broad while “come” means a tufted bush, which describes the plant’s physical attributes.

The word Eurycoma refers to the growth habit of its compound leaves that spirals out at the tip of its slender trunk in a large dense rosette.

In Latin, “Longus” means long and Folia refers to the leaves, so the word Longifolia describes the compound leaflets that are often long and slender. 

What are the main ingredients of Tongkat Ali?

In general, Tongkat Ali root contains quassinoids and alkaloids. The bio-active compounds in Tongkat Ali root contains eurycomanone, glycosaponin, polysaccharide and protein. The root is the only portion of the plant that is potent and widely used in various wellness applications.

Does Tongkat Ali contain proteins?

Studies showed that Tongkat Ali plants found in Malaysia contain crude proteins between 15.5% to 39.9%. The amount of crude protein varies on the soil quality and Tongkat Ali in the state of Pahang usually has higher crude protein content.

Physta® Tongkat Ali contains high crude protein content, averaging more than 22% due to the standardized water extraction technology.

Does Tongkat Ali contain gluten and is it gluten-free?

Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma Longifolia) does not contain gluten, or wheat proteins.

Gluten or wheat proteins is found in grains – such as wheat, barley, rye, and a cross between wheat and rye called triticale. These include any species of wheat (i.e durum, spelt, khorasan, emmer and einkorn), barley, rye and some oat cultivars. 

Studies showed that Tongkat Ali contains crude proteins and amino acids, and not wheat protein.

As Tongkat Ali is gluten-free, this makes it ideal if you have celiac disease and other medical conditions associated with gluten.

How is Tongkat Ali consumed?

Tongkat Ali is one of the most functional herbs that is used in many applications since its modern-day discovery.

Here are three common applications of Tongkat Ali:

  1. Functional Ingredient – as an active ingredient or additive in coffee or tea. Widely available and consumed daily in Asia for centuries. 
  2. Performance Ingredient – as pre-workout drinks or supplements used by fitness professionals and sports amateurs to deliver a competitive edge. Often mix with other herbs to maximize muscle growth and recovery, energy and stamina.
  3. Dietary Supplement – mainly available in capsule form and consumed as part of daily dietary supplements to revitalize general health and vitality.

Yellow, Red, and Black Tongkat Ali. Are they the same?

There are three types of Tongkat Ali roots coming from different plants:

  • Yellow Tongkat Ali – Eurycoma Longifolia
  • Black Tongkat Ali – Polyalthia Bullata
  • Red Tongkat Ali – Stema Tuberosa

 

The most popular and widely researched is the yellow Tongkat Ali (i.e Eurycoma Longifolia) due to its bio-active compounds that are beneficial and safe for your health. These are sourced from Malaysia within tight Government regulations to meet the Malaysian Standard (MS 2409:2011) for Tongkat Ali.

Black and Red Tongkat Ali have mixed-reviews on its efficacy and safety, but still sold in the market in smaller quantities. Most of black and red Tongkat Ali are from sourced from Indonesia with high lead and mercury content that can be harmful to health.

What is the difference between Tongkat Ali and Panax Ginseng?

Tongkat Ali and Panax Ginseng come from different family trees with roots that exhibit various health benefits. 

  • Tongkat Ali (or Malaysian Ginseng) comes from a plant Eurycoma Longifolia belonging to family tree known as Simaroubaceae
  • Panax Ginseng comes from a family tree known as Araliaceae

Both of these plants are native to different parts of the world.

  • Tongkat Ali are found and harvested in Malaysia and Indonesia
  • Panax Ginseng are cultivated in Northeast of China and Korean Peninsula

However, Panax Ginseng and Tongkat Ali contain one similar bio-active ingredient known as saponin that is associated with various biological activities, such as anti-inflammatory, cholesterol-lowering and anti-cancer properties.

Read more about the differences and similarities between Tongkat Ali and Panax Ginseng here.

Can Tongkat Ali benefit women?

The most misconception of Tongkat Ali is that it can only benefit men. This is due to traditional beliefs that Tongkat Ali is consumed to revitalize men’s health and libido.

However, modern science and research on Tongkat Ali showed that the hormone-inducing mechanism promotes wellness for women too.  In fact, Tongkat Ali is widely used as sports supplements by athletes and sports professionals to increase workout performance. And that benefits both men and women without any downsides to women.

Multiple clinical trials have shown that Tongkat Ali can regulate hormones in women, supports weight loss by reducing fat and increasing muscle strength, and reduce stress and confusion.

Read more about it here.

Are Tongkat Ali safe for vegetarians?

Most Tongkat Ali grows naturally in wild rainforests and consumes natural nutrients from the earth. If you are already on a plant-based diet, Tongkat Ali can supplement nutrients that your body needs to promote better vitality and general health.

Brands such as AKARALI contains 100% Tongkat Ali extract from Eurycoma Longifolia (natural plant) in vegetarian-friendly capsules.

How does Tongkat Ali work? And does it work?

  1. Tongkat Ali contains ingredients such as eurycomanone,  a family of quassinoids and alkaloids that work by activating hormone-inducing actions in our body.
  2. Tongkat Ali activates Luteinzing Hormones (LH) that stimulates the Leydig cells in your testicles to produce testosterone. In women, the Luteinizing Hormones (LH) triggers the creation of steroid hormones from the ovaries and that helps with menstrual cycle and ovulation.
  3. Tongkat Ali decreases the sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) which in turn, delivers higher production of testosterone. SHBG rises when your testosterone level is low.
  4. At the same time, Tongkat Ali reduces cortisol, the stress hormone that lowers the testosterone in our body.
  5. The mechanism of actions collaboratively increase production of “free testosterone” in our body.
  6. Therefore, increased free testosterone from Tongkat Ali provides more energy, improved mood, improved sexual libido, more sperm motility, stronger muscle growth, reduced body fat, increased immune system and reduction of stress.

Yes, Tongkat Ali is proven to benefit health in many aspects from years of human clinical trials and studies. More than 400-500 human test subjects have been tested with positive results.

Are Tongkat Ali benefits validated by science?

There are more than 100 research papers on Tongkat Ali and growing patented formulation across the globe. The health benefits of Tongkat Ali has fueled interests by research communities, both in public and private sectors. Human and clinical trials have both provided sufficient evidence on its effectiveness. Scientists such as Dr. Annie George, Dr. Shawn Talbott, Professor Dr. Anthony Sinskey, Professor Hirokawa and others have long dedicated their research to Tongkat Ali.

Read more about scientific evidence on Tongkat Ali benefits here.

What is premium Tongkat Ali?

Premium Tongkat Ali is an embodiment of carefully handpicked Tongkat Ali roots using the best extraction technology.

The finest Tongkat Ali contains one of the highest bio-active ingredients which can only be found in roots that are more than 4 to 5 years old. More often than not, these roots are chromatography tested to ensure only the best roots are selected by trained artisans. 

The potency, efficacy and scarcity define the premium price, which explains why authentic Tongkat Ali prices have skyrocketed in recent years.

Where can I buy the best Tongkat Ali?

The best Tongkat Ali is from Malaysia due to its best soil composition, authenticity, technology extraction and years of Government support to ensure quality and safe export. Learn more about why Malaysian Tongkat Ali is highly preferred by customers around the world.

The best Tongkat Ali is manufactured by USFDA-approved facilities in Malaysia and funded by the Government of Malaysia for sustainable long-term quality.

If you are finding the best or the finest Tongkat Ali products, do take time to do your research. Make sure you Google the right keyword such as “Authentic Tongkat Ali Malaysia”,  or “Finest Tongkat Ali”. 

What is the most potent Tongkat Ali?

The most potent Tongkat Ali can be found in Malaysia that grows in the rainforest of the state of Pahang. A study showed that Tongkat Ali found in Pahang contains higher crude protein (39.3%) compared to Tongkat Ali found in Perak (15.5%)

The highest potency that can be extracted from Tongkat Ali depends largely on the extraction method and the maturity of the plant.

The most potent Tongkat Ali from a 5 year old plant typically contains high percentage of eurycomanone (>1.5%), glycosaponin (>48%), polysaccharide (>30%), and protein (>22%).

Which Tongkat Ali brand is the best?

There are more than 200 Tongkat Ali brands that you can purchase from Amazon today. However, do exercise some caution and please do your research before buying. Here is a quick guide if you plan to purchase Tongkat Ali on Amazon.

Not every Tongkat Ali brand carries the same quality. As the bulk of the source ingredients of Tongkat Ali come from suppliers in Malaysia, it makes more sense to purchase directly in the home country where Tongkat Ali is naturally from.

We analyze top Tongkat Ali brands so that you can make an informed decision. Check out our review here.

What is the recommended Tongkat Ali dosage?

Typical dosage recommendations is between 50 mg to 100 mg a day for dieters, and 100 mg to 200 mg for sexual function, healthy aging and sport nutrition.

Studies for testosterone enhancement typically use 200 mg a day. The upper limit is no more than 600 mg per day.

You may consume Tongkat Ali on a regular or periodical ON / OFF cycle. A typical cycle means consumption of daily recommended dosage on 5 consecutive days followed by 2 days off. Then repeat the cycle to ensure maximum effectiveness.

However, you can consume daily without breaks too.

Find out more on our daily dosage guide here.

When is the best time to take Tongkat Ali?

Tongkat Ali is consumed for centuries as part of daily diet to promote health and wellness.  The best time  to consume Tongkat Ali is in the early morning as you need the right supplements to fuel your day.

It is recommended to consume Tongkat Ali after morning meal or early dinner.

If you are an active athlete or sports professionals, you consume Tongkat Ali an hour before hitting the gym or performing workout/sports activities.

How long does it take for Tongkat Ali to take effect?

Depending on your age and health conditions, past scientific studies showed that Tongkat Ali will take into effect between several hours to several days. However, in most cases, you can feel the difference in energy levels after 12 to 24 hours.

For long-term effect of Tongkat Ali, daily consumption of 4 weeks to 12 weeks will bring significant improvements.

For young active adults below 40, improvement in sexual libido can be felt a couple of hours after the first dosage of Tongkat Ali.

If you are diagnosed with Androgen deffiency or looking to improve Erecticle Dysfunction, long term consumption may be required.

Read more on scientific validation studies on Tongkat Ali here.

What is the maximum limit and how much Tongkat Ali can I take per day?

An average healthy adult consuming between 100mg to 400mg of Tongkat Ali daily is regarded as safe.

Most of the studies and clinical trials on various health benefits were based on daily consumption of 200mg to 400mg Tongkat Ali daily.

However, if you are an active sportsperson that works out daily, participating in competitive sports or an amateur athlete, higher consumption of Tongkat Ali (eg: 600mg) is recommended to gain better performance output.

Find out more on our daily dosage guide here.

How can I gain maximum health benefits from Tongkat Ali?

Depending on your health objectives and how committed you are, you can gain maximum results from herbal supplements requires.

Here are some tips:

  1. Adopt a plant-based diet or paleo diet
  2. Perform intermittent-fasting regularly, or a 24-hour fast once every week.
  3. Exercise (cardio) at least three times a week, and resistance or weight training twice a week.

A study by the University of Santa Catarina Brazil in 2021 showed that daily consumption of Tongkat Ali with a 60-minute exercise 3 times a week brings the most improvement in ED, sexual satisfaction and desire.

What is the difference between boiling Tongkat Ali root and drink as a herbal tea vs. consuming in capsule form?

The efficacy of Tongkat Ali lies in the herbal extraction method.

The boiling method is a traditional method used for centuries. However, you extract all the good, the bad and the ugly bio-active ingredients. And chances are you are destroying the bioactive ingredients by the prolonged exposure from high temperatures.

In addition, boiling method can be detrimental to your health (and kidneys) due to compounds that are not processed or absorbed in your body. 

AKARALI™ capsules contain pure Tongkat Ali powder which is produced through a patented extraction process known as Physta®.

This process uses a freeze-dried water extraction method where only the best nutrients are extracted to deliver the best that your body deserves. In short, it delivers the highest potency with a higher rate of absorption into your cells.

The difference can be felt instantly when comparing between these two methods. 

Can you consume Tongkat Ali with coffee?

Yes, you can. There are more than 100 Tongkat Ali coffee brands sold in the market today and most of it are in pre-mixed 3-in-1 instant coffee packets.  

Now, since Tongkat Ali is also available in capsule form, you can make your own Tongkat Ali coffee with the following simple steps:

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the coffee, milk, honey and Tongkat Ali (200 mg extract from 1 capsule)
  2. Cook and stir with low heat for 5 minutes. (Please do not let it boil.)
  3. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla.
  4. Pour into cups or mugs and serve immediately.

With the right dosage, you can tailor-made your Tongkat Ali coffee to suit your taste and health objectives.

Read more about Tongkat Ali coffee here

Does Tongkat Ali coffee brings any health benefits?

A research study by the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) on 10 popular Tongkat Ali coffee brands revealed that seven of them contained only 0.25% to 1.6% of the Tongkat Ali herbal extract.

On average, research has shown that the active content of Tongkat Ali found in most pre-mixed coffees is between 0.0039% and 0.0246% (7.8nanogram to 49.3ng)

According to FRIM medicinal plants programme director, Dr Rasadah Mat Ali, she concluded the low amount of Tongkat Ali found in Tongkat Ali coffee was not sufficient to benefit one’s health.  

Is Tongkat Ali coffee safe?

Yes, Tongkat Ali coffee is consumed daily for centuries as a part of the tradition and culture in Malaysia.

There are hundreds of brands of Tongkat Ali coffee brands sold out there at it is generally safe to be consumed.

However, consumers are generally advised to beware of fake Tongkat Ali coffees sold in the market such as CNI Tongkat Ali Ginseng Coffee. Authorities in Malaysia have been revamping up enforcement effort to nab fake and illegal Tongkat Ali coffee manufacturers and suppliers.

There was also a case of a Texas-based BestHerb Coffee which stopped selling the Tongkat Ali Coffee brand (known as Tongkat Ali Kopi Jantan). The USFDA found desmethyl carbodenafil, which is similar to sildenafil in the Tongkat Ali coffee.

Read more about Tongkat Ali coffee here

Is Tongkat Ali illegal or banned in the United States?

There is no public notification by the USFDA on Tongkat Ali being illegal or unsafe.

You can find Tongkat Ali brands sold in the United States, although the best Tongkat Ali are not necessarily available in the United States.

However, USFDA does ban Tongkat Ali products that contain illegal substances such as sildenafil, tadalafil and other illegal or harmful substances. 

For instance, USFDA issue a ban on Tongkat Ali Kopi Jantan which contained desmethyl carbodenafil, which is similar to sildenafil in the Tongkat Ali coffee.

We advise consumers to be careful and do their research before purchasing Tongkat Ali products. There are few Tongkat Ali brands out there that are trusted by consumers.

Is Tongkat Ali illegal or banned in Singapore?

Tongkat Ali is not banned or illegal to be consumed in Singapore.

According to the Health Singapore Authorities (HSA) website, Tongkat Ali products are classified as traditional and herbal medicine that requires it to be registered. 

So if you are a consumer you can purchase online and consume Tongkat Ali from Malaysia. However, if you plan to resell or distribute Tongkat Ali products commercially in Singapore, you are then required to submit your registration application to HSA.

Please find the list of banned or warnings by HSA on the Tongkat Ali products that contain illegal substances here.

 

What does it feel like after consuming Tongkat Ali?

In the first hour or so after your first dosage, you will feel more mentally awake coupled with greater clarity.  Some reported an increase in sexual desire, erection with improved mood.

After about two weeks of consumption, Tongkat Ali begins to have an effect on the endocrine system by increasing (freeing up more) testosterone levels and decreasing the stress hormone known as cortisol.

After four weeks, you will feel more energetic and less “sluggish” or lethargic when you wake up in the morning, or if you had a long night out.

If you are into competitive sports, muscle-building or even planning to lose weight, long-term consumption of Tongkat Ali will cause an increase in muscle strength, muscle growth and less body fat

Read our customer review and experience after 30 days here

What happens if I stop consuming Tongkat Ali?

Once you stop consuming Tongkat Ali temporarily or for good, you will not experience any withdrawal symptoms or side-effects.

In fact, it does not make you addicted compared to caffeine-addiction. There are no “crash-and-burn” or “downtime” if you stop consuming Tongkat Ali. But you will feel a gradual increase of past sluggishness creeping on you after a few weeks.

If you are consuming Tongkat Ali like most general consumers, you can adopt 1 week “ON” and 1 week “OFF” cycle to maximize the benefits of Tongkat Ali. So during the “OFF” cycle, you can stop consuming Tongkat Ali temporarily without any drop in strength or energy level. Nor it has any downside to your sexual health or libido.

However, if you are a serious bodybuilder or in sports competition and decide to stop consuming Tongkat Ali, you may notice a sudden or a gradual drop in performance – either in energy conservation, utilization or strength. This is because your body is more sensitive to any changes in nutrients during the workout or training.

What are the side-effects of Tongkat Ali?

There are mild side-effects associated with Tongkat Ali consumption. For some, this includes insomnia, mild jittery and mild nausea. These side-effects depend largely on a person’s reaction or allergy towards alkaloids and quassinoids.

However, almost 97% of consumers who have consumed Tongkat Ali posted a positive experience without experiencing any form of side effects.

There have been no severe cases related to Tongkat Ali or reported deaths in publically available information.

However, if you are in doubt, kindly consult your doctor or if you encounter any severe side-effects after consuming Tongkat Ali.

Can I take Tongkat Ali if I have diabetes?

If you are diabetic, you can consume Tongkat Ali without any side effects.

In fact, Tongkat Ali is a plant-based adaptogen herb that contains crude proteins, amino acids, alkaloids and quassinoids that are found to lower blood sugar levels.

A study published at the International Journal of Pharmaceutical Science and Research published in 2019 showed that Tongkat Ali lowers the blood sugar levels.

Although there have been no reported cases associated with complications due to Tongkat Ali amongst diabetic patients, we strongly recommend consulting your nearest doctor.

Can I take Tongkat Ali if I have high-blood pressure?

Tongkat Ali has a mild anti-hypertensive vasodilatory effect and it will not aggravate high blood pressure. A study has shown that Tongkat Ali may present an alternative treatment for hypertension that would complement the conventional therapies.

If you have high blood pressure (or hypertension as it is commonly known), you can still consume Tongkat Ali without any side-effects. This is beneficial to patients who experience side-effects or if you are intolerant or not responsive to conventional treatments.

Although there have been no reported cases associated with complications due to Tongkat Ali amongst high blood pressure patients, we strongly recommend consulting your nearest doctor.

Can I take Tongkat Ali with alcohol?

Yes, Tongkat Ali can be taken with alcohol and other non-alcoholic beverages such as coffee with no side-effect or any reported harmful effects to your body or mental state of health. On the contrary, taking Tongkat Ali after a long night out can reduce your hangover.

Tongkat Ali has been used as a functional food ingredient in coffee by Nestle Malaysia and Tongkat Ali infused red wine (known as Domain Laurent) was introduced in the market in 2015. 

Is Tongkat Ali safe to be used in Olympics or competitive sports?

Tongkat Ali is used by many athletes and sports professionals as a performance natural supplement for years.

Tongkat Ali is safe to be used in the Olympics or in other tightly regulated sports events based on the current doping policies.

A study published in the International Journal of Preventive Medicine showed the effect of  Testosterone vs. Epitestosterone ratio (i.e T:E ratio) between 0.63:1 and 0.74:1, from both placebo group and a test group consuming 400mg daily of Tongkat Ali for six weeks.

Due to the low T/E ratio, Tongkat Ali was regarded as safe as long as the doping policy of the Olympics Committee remains the same.

Read more about how Tongkat Ali is used in sports and fitness here

Is Tongkat Ali good for bodybuilders or to gain muscle?

Tongkat Ali is one of the proven herbal supplements to achieve higher anaerobic performance, muscle growth, reduction of body fat and, strength. This ideal if you are into bodybuilding, getting lean fast, gaining more muscle strength to boost your anaerobic performance during HIIT.

There is a scientific reason why Tongkat Ali is commonly used as a pre-workout or post-workout drink by athletes or sports professionals.

In fact, Tongkat Ali is used as a key performance ingredient in major bodybuilder supplements and often mixed with other ingredients or herbs.

Research findings published by the British Journal of Sports Medicine showed the use of Tongkat Ali extract resulted in a 5 % increase in lean body mass in 5 weeks and an increase of arm-circumference by 1.8 cm. In addition, their body fat was greatly reduced too.

For competitive bodybuilders, a five percent increase in body mass is considered significant.

Can Tongkat Ali boost testosterone?

Tongkat Ali is one of the natural testosterone boosters with proven clinical trials and research.

A study published in the Journal of International Society of Sports Nutrition by Dr. Shawn Talbott and Julie Talbott found that the testosterone level in 63 subjects (both men and women) showed a significant increase of 37% more testosterone after four weeks of consuming Tongkat Ali.

Salivary testosterone levels were significantly higher (+37% compared to placebo group, PL) following Tongkat Ali (TA) consumption of 200 mg per day for 4 weeks. Source: Journal of International Society of Sports Nutrition, 2013

Is Tongkat Ali a natural viagra?

Tongkat Ali is often widely reported as the natural herbal viagra by the media such as ABCNews, Fox News and even Reuters.

Scientists have found evidence that Tongkat Ali provides a safe alternative to improve men’s libido. A study published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine showed improvement in erection hardness and time, sperm motility and concentration amongst others.

Tests on daily consumption of 300mg of Tongkat Ali on 26 test subjects (with Placebo group) aged 40-64 years of age showed sufficient evidence that Tongkat Ali can be used safely as a natural viagra.

Tongkat Ali offers plenty of scientifically-proven benefits and is often underappreciated by consumers and herbal aficionados.

What is the best age to consume Tongkat Ali?

There is no optimal age for one to gain the best from Tongkat Ali, although most of the recorded health benefits from Tongkat Ali research findings are based on test subjects aged 30 and above.

Tongkat Ali is a hormone-inducing herb that restores your testosterone and supports a better immune system when you need it, regardless of your age.

Since our testosterone drops gradually after we hit 30, the best age range to gain maximum advantage from Tongkat Ali will be between 30 to 75 years.

When is the best time to consume Tongkat Ali?

To maximize the effect and health benefits from Tongkat Ali, it is recommended to consume first thing in the morning with or without food. The noticeable effect is a boost of energy that you can enjoy throughout the day. More so if you need that energy before hitting the gym in the morning.

Most people consume Tongkat Ali at night to enhance men’s desire (or libido) to keep their partners happy. However, there are people who consume Tongkat Ali to enjoy a calm evening of relaxation. 

I am overweight and obese. Can I consume Tongkat Ali?

Yes, you can. There are no reported cases of harmful effects or death from consuming Tongkat Ali if you are overweight or obese.

Studies have shown that consumption of regular Tongkat Ali can reduce body fat and increase muscle mass. This improvements, however, must be supplemented by regular exercises and healthy diet.

Can children consume Tongkat Ali?

It is strictly prohibited for children or young adults below 14 years of age to consume Tongkat Ali, although there are no reported cases on medical complications or side-effects from consumption of Tongkat Ali.

Herbal supplements such as Tongkat Ali are designed to support daily diet for healthy adults and if consumed as a functional food (eg: Tongkat Ali coffee), there is little to no evidence that it can be detrimental to the health for young children.

However, our recommendation is to avoid children consuming any form of Tongkat Ali to be safe.

Will Tongkat Ali encourage male characteristics for women?

Tongkat Ali is completely safe and widely used for women to achieve greater well-being, energy and vigor. Because Tongkat Ali is not medically classified as a steroid, it’s mechanism of action in restoring testosterone levels will not encourage nor promote any form of male characteristics in women. Past studies have shown significant improvement in restoring free testosterone levels in women.

Read more on scientific studies on tests on women and testosterone here

Where can I find the best or the most trusted Tongkat Ali supplier?

There are only a handful of reliable and trusted Tongkat Ali suppliers in Malaysia. Whilst the traditional herbs and medicine is not regulated, the Malaysian Government has issued Malaysian Standard (MS 2409:2011) for the traditional herbal extraction method.

Tongkat Ali brands such as AKARALI™ is manufactured in partnership with Government-owned Biotropics Malaysia Berhad (i.e Biotropics), which was established in 2007 to develop Malaysia’s unique bio-resources into superior natural products.

With the largest extraction facility in Malaysia, AKARALI is produced in a USFDA-inspected facility with stringent quality controls backed by various industry accreditations.

Is Tongkat Ali destroying the forest?

Tongkat Ali grows only in the wild rainforests and often harvested without the need for deforestation. 

The replanting program has been carried out through a systematic approach by Tongkat Ali manufacturers and suppliers. For instance, indigenous people are taught to plant 5 Tongkat Ali trees for each tree harvested from the rainforest.

Tongkat Ali in Malaysia follows strict regulations and sustainability practices. Harvesting and replantation is carried out by indigenous people who are well-trained by the public and private sector to ensure the natural reserves are protected at all costs.

Does Tongkat Ali benefit the indigenous people?

There few Tongkat Ali brands such as AKARALI that supports sustainable fair trade and socially responsible practices for the indigenous population in Malaysia.

We invest a portion of our profit to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes in Malaysia which include but not limited to education, charity programmes and eco-friendly projects that benefit the indigenous community.

Yellow, Black or Red Tongkat Ali.

There are three types of Tongkat Ali sold in the market today – yellow, black and red. Find out differences in quality, potency, health risks and how it affects your health. We help you guide to choose the best Tongkat Ali.

Make the right choice. And protect your health.