30 Days With Tongkat Ali — A Long Term Review

Have you wondered how effective Tongkat Ali is? Here is a 30-day review of Tongkat Ali from one of our independent test subjects, a working professional who is extremely busy building his start-up in Singapore.

With a handful of anecdotes and inadequate reviews in Reddit, finding honest feedback on Tongkat Ali can be a challenge. 

Our team decided to obtain a real-life personal encounter with someone whom we think can benefit the most from Tongkat Ali based on his lifestyle. We let him rattle his own personal experience with AKARALI after 30 days and got our editor, Naressa Khan, to perform some minor edits.

Summary Review

Strength & Energy
Focus & Clarity

About Tongkat Ali

Tongkat Ali is a global household name and to those who are not familiar with this herb, you may have come across with names such as Long Jack, Malaysian Ginseng or Eurycoma Longifolia. Originating from Malaysia, Tongkat Ali is widely available in many forms – found in pre-mixed coffees, teas, extracted powder form in capsules and even raw!.

If there is one reason for Tongkat Ali’s popularity, it is the amazing list of potential health benefits proven by science. One of the major breakthroughs from Tongkat Ali was the increased production of immune cells to protect our immune system from virus attacks.

Here is a list of 12 potential benefits from research and scientific studies.

Our Test Subject

Our team went to meet Alex and gave him a sample of AKARALI in early January 2020. Alex is in his late 20s and he is the co-founder of a digital marketing startup based in Singapore after his stint with a global consulting firm. With a high level of skepticism on herbal products and for someone who clocks in 14 hours a day, he was our perfect “lab rat” for this project.

Here is his personal experience and review on Tongkat Ali after 30 days. This is the uncut version so we decided to leave the review as-is to make it more authentic to our readers.

A 30 Day Review with Tongkat Ali

Hello everyone!

This series forms a personal account of my 30 day journey with Eurycoma longifolia, more commonly known as Tongkat Ali, or Long Jack. Sam initially gave me a sample of AKARALI in a loose powder form, which has similar ingredients and specification as the one found in the AKARALI capsules.

This root is famed across the world as herbal supplement with anti-inflammatory properties; it is touted to promote better blood flow, enhanced energy levels, good digestion, and most interestingly as potent aphrodisiac for the male libido.

With my nondescript package of what can only be described as a fine brown powder, neatly sealed in a vacuum pack, I wandered down to the pantry to make myself a coffee.

As I unsealed the pack, I added a large scoop into my coffee. Noting that it took a while to dissolve, I continued to stir. After calling Sam for some guidance, the recommended consumption was one teaspoon of Tongkat Ali instead of a large scoop! After switching to one teaspoon, I found it to dissolve better and faster.

A quick blast from the past and how I landed doing this review.

I had met an old friend, he had been the one who roped me into being a lab rat for his powdered Tongkat Ali which is allegedly one of the potent Tongkat Ali sold in the market. We’d met to catch up over a drink, and I grimaced as he explained the benefits of the slightly sludgy mixture he gulped up from his flask. Energy and erections were our key words that afternoon.

Suffice to say, I was skeptical (my late father had been a believer in such things, to the point he had foregone getting conventional treatments for cancer). This particular obsession with alternative medicine being the case with most of my family, I was also experienced with everything from spirulina to propolis; seeing the skepticism evident on my face, he pulled up some interesting articles for me to peruse.

Words like “cardiovascular health” and “libido enhancement” caught my eye; as Sam animatedly answered a few of my other questions, I did note a few things about him. This man is in his late forties, and as far as I understood, also a night-owl.

Was testosterone the secret to his unfairly youthful features and seemingly endless reserve of energy? He told me he was training for a triathlon next week as he unpacked his second box of Marlboro. Unbelievable individual.

We proceed with our lunch, and by this point Sam had boasted about his renewed stamina with at least three different metaphors. While this was not an image I particularly relished, I had to admit my own coital competitiveness was in need of a bit of a boost.

The brown powder was only still only half mixed into my coffee at this point. Sleepy and impatient, I shrugged and took a gulp.

Bitter powder coated the roof of my mouth, the stuff was definitely equal parts medicinal and earthy. It took me about two or three gulps before finishing the mug. The taste was not something I enjoyed, but in the name of science and sex, I premixed another dose into my thermos and braced myself to start the day.

AKARALI was the name stamped on the packet, which I believe translates loosely into Ali’s Root. As someone pretty good with puns, I wasn’t sure if this was clever or just really optimized. And not to mention, there are other Tongkat Ali coffee drinks such as Power Root – not really my favourite as you can barely spot any noticeable difference after consuming it.

One of the reasons to participate in this supplement trial was that my life had become increasingly hectic, not just in terms of actual physicality, but also the stresses of startup work. So I was madly looking for quick-fixes which include herbal remedies.

To be honest, I wasn’t sleeping well as we were all encouraged to work overtime, to take ownership of portions and portfolios of responsibility that were not exactly relevant to the role in question. It was tiring being co-founder, head of strategy and variously administrative person, occasional web designer, copywriter and a handful of other things. I was scattered and needed the extra boost of energy. One of the things this bitter drink promised was a sense of enhanced mental concentration as well as increased energy levels, something I sorely needed in response to the bustle of startup life.

One of the explanations I was particularly interested in were the various beneficial flavonoid, alkaloids and other antioxidant compounds. Stress reduction was the key word here.

I had understood that stress, in whatever form, caused oxidative damage on a cellular level. So it stood to reason that all these compounds, the same ones most people use to justify more red wine than they should, would be. If this Tongkat Ali stuff was as potent as all the hype indicated – productivity was not going to be a problem.

Here are some recollections of my personal experience with Tongkat Ali during that period.

Day 1 — 2

The first dose I had was settling fairly well in my stomach as I logged in to finish up the investor deck that was due by 6. It was only about 8 hours later that I realized I had breezed through about 25 slides, and looking through my work, it didn’t have the jittery tone or haphazard, scattered ideation that my usual binge on coffee or energy drinks would have yielded. Maybe there was something to this Tongkat Ali tonic after all.

The effect can be felt almost within 2 to 3 hours after first consumption. I wasn’t feeling lethargic or lazy after the 2nd day, and was keen to see how this might stretch on with five client meetings and three campaign briefs. With that, I pulled out my thermos, gave the herbal concoction a good shake and toasted in my head to performance enhancing herbs.

On a lighter note, the Haco Suiss coffee is my personal favourite — tasted well with honey and a teaspoon of AKARALI. I decided to add honey to reduce the super bitter taste which Tongkat Ali is known for. Sam gave me a trial AKARALI bottle with 30 capsules too, so I used one capsule (i.e 200mg of Tongkat Ali) and mixed it with Haco.

Day 3 — 10

I have been taking it twice daily with coffee and my tasks are piling up more than usual.

It was just about 8pm at this point and I had gotten more done than most days – was it because of the so-called “enhanced mental focus” from the Akarali mix? The logical thing was to go home to my gorgeous partner to find out what other legs this stuff would help me stand on. This is something I desire more than the anti-stress and mental concentration which I gained from Tongkat Ali.

Completed my regular 5km run at the gym. Well, I didn’t attribute my addiction to running to Tongkat Ali, but I badly needed to sweat myself out after all that long work hours!

By dinnertime I was pretty much entirely focused on the familiar tingling feeling I’d been looking for. I really didn’t think by the second dose the stuff would kick in this soon. But surely that marathon left my girl smiling for the next 24 hours.

Yup, the amount of spare energy for me to exploit (for other activities) was simply unexplainable.

The effect of serenity and calmness at work have reached almost zen-like.

Alex Kua

Day 11 — 30

I was hitting the gym with my personal trainer on the 2nd week. I felt somewhat “stronger”. It could be a placebo from Tongkat Ali but I was doubling up the weights, reps and increase intensity from various HIIT exercises thrown on me.

The effect of serenity and calmness at work have reached almost zen-like. Stressful investor meetings were managed more delicately and elegantly than before. Could it be that the alkaloids in Tongkat Ali (which is also found in nicotine, caffeine and other substance) was responsible to achieve such state of mind?

By the time I was taking my end of day shower and preparing for bed, I didn’t even have to think particularly hard about anything too weird and / or kinky to get going. There were days when I was even thinking about writing this review for Sam, which was a little odd as I thought on all the other metaphors he’d used over our initial conversation for this little powdered erection project.

Thinking about how to use virility in a sentence without it being awkward was not exactly the sexiest thought, but at this point I was already considering how many fun and filthy acronyms I could come up with for “SEO”. Chuckling, I thought to myself: It’s going to be a good night.

Everybody hates cliffhangers, but, it’s time for me to raise the proverbial flag and report back. Till next time. AKARALI is swell, in more ways than one.

About Alex:  Alex is the co-founder of a digital marketing startup in Singapore. He enjoys fried food on sticks, long conversations over good wine (particularly fond of New Zealand Pinot Noirs) and obscure podcasts. His current favorite is Behind the Bastards, a cheeky accounting of the lives and legacies of the most unsavory individuals throughout history. No longer chained to a corporate office, you’ll find him stretched out in the sun working on his oversized laptop. His usual haunts are the few bars and coffee houses around KL that still permit smoking.

Our Last Words

Whilst AKARALI worked considerably well with Alex, the nature of herbal supplements work differently depending on your lifestyle and health conditions.

There are thousands if not millions of people like Alex, young and active, but constantly looking for that long-term vitality from natural herbs such as Tongkat Ali. 

They say prevention is better than cure.

As we continue to live in unprecedented times, healthcare becomes increasingly vital to long term longevity and human survival. 

Before we end this review, we seek more feedback from you based on your past experience with Tongkat Ali. Please leave a comment below and we are happy to answer your questions!

Meanwhile, there are other great articles for you to read here:


If you seek to get the best from Tongkat Ali, we strongly advise you to know the differences between Yellow, Black and Red Tongkat Ali by clicking the image below.

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 promote any brands nor to provide any form of recommendations to purchase or consume medication, drugs or herbal supplement brands directly or indirectly. By reading this, the sole responsibility and decision lies on the reader to perform their own assessment and / or to arrive at an informed decision based on publicly available information. By reading the content published on this website means you are aware on the risks involved in purchasing any of the products or brands mentioned in this article. We highly recommend you and the readers to consult your nearest doctor before making any purchase from this website or any other websites or social platforms after reading this article.

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