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
Now from the above can you guess which one is Tongkat Ali and which one is Panax Ginseng?
I bet you cannot tell the difference at first glance. These comes from two distinct family trees and each contains its own unique bio-active properties.
But here is another important question.
Which herb is more beneficial?
Great question, but unfortunately, there is no easy answer. This comes down to the personal benefits or your health objectives that you are trying to achieve.
In reality, both herbs have proven clinical and research studies to back up their potential health benefits since it’s discovery thousands of years ago.
On that note, you may find our review on Maca, Horny Goat Weed, Yohimbine, Panax Ginseng and Tongkat Ali useful.
Let’s review and compare their potential benefits so we can find out together what you can gain from these two popular herbs.
TONGKAT ALI POTENTIAL BENEFITS
Here is the summary of top 6 benefits. But for avid readers, please find the full list of 12 potential benefits compiled from various scientific research papers.
- Aphrodisiac effects
Tongkat Ali (also named as Malaysia’s home-grown ‘Viagra’) has been used as an aphrodisiac for centuries. Studies show positive effects and relatively high potency compared to other herbs. Two studies show an increased libido in men in the range between 8.4 and 8.7% and 162% improvement in erection time.
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- Boosting testosterone
It helps you produce a higher amount of testosterone by fixing any disturbance that you may have regarding testosterone production. It also unlocks free testosterone. Tongkat Ali contains the compounds 13-alpha epoxy Eurycomanone that helps boosting the testosterone by up to 122% in women and by up to 61% in men.
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- Improves fertility
If you are a man and reading this, you should know that Tongkat Ali will bring you 65% more sperm and 58% more sperm motility. A study published in 2010 reported the changes in sperm quality in 75 men who were given 200mg of Tongkat Ali each day for three months. Their sperm quality improved significantly, and 15% of participants reported unplanned pregnancies following the treatment.
- Stress reliever
When your body and mind are under stress, the level of cortisol will increase while the testosterone level is suppressed.
Tongkat Ali takes care of your levels of stress by affecting your endocrine system. Studies showed it reduces anger by 11% and tension by 12% after 4 weeks of consuming Tongkat Ali.
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- Fat loss and muscle gain
Are you feeling fatty or bloated? Don’t worry! Tongkat Ali is especially popular natural supplement among bodybuilders who are looking to change their muscle to fat ratio. However, you don’t need to be a pro athlete to feel the potential improvements.
A promising Malaysian study published in 2002 showed that Tongkat Ali has the potential to improve body mass and decreased the percentage of body fat.
6. Energy booster
The rise in energy that you’ll get from this root can help you slide through the busy day by assisting your hormone’s balance with the ability to speed up metabolism.
GINSENG POTENTIAL BENEFITS
- Improves “the notorious ED”
There is significant evidence that after 12 weeks of the experiment, this Panax Ginseng is significantly improving erectile dysfunction. Seventy-eight men from 25–50 years of age; suffering from mild to moderate erectile dysfunction, participated in this study.
Researchers concluded that Ginseng might be an effective alternative treatment for impotence.
As active ingredients of Ginseng, ginsenosides, are causing increased release of nitric oxide, which spreads the blood vessels and allows better blood flow to the penis.
2. Promotes longevity
In 1933 the New York Times published a news article about the death of Professor Li Chung Jun, who lived for two and a half centuries!
Yes, you read it right. His age, 256 years, was officially confirmed by the Chinese government and several independent researchers. Allegedly, the long-lived Li Cung outlived 23 women. He experienced eleven generations of his descendants. The herbs he collected and used helped him to reach such an astonishing age.
Guess what herb was in his diet mix?!
- Potent Antioxidant
Clear the issues that you are not even aware of.
Ginseng has beneficial antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Some test studies have shown that Ginseng extracts could inhibit inflammation and increase antioxidant capacity in cells.
4. Anti-depression & Anti-anxiety
Ginseng has an excellent anti-stress treatment, but unlike caffeine, it does not cause the so-called depressive phase. It is assumed that such action of Ginseng comes from an increase in the activity of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) in the brain but without the involvement of the adrenal glands that ACTH otherwise activates.
- May benefit brain function
The latest US study has investigated whether a pure Ginseng extract can protect the brain from toxins that cause weaker physical mobility and loss of neurons. Testing carried out in laboratory mice showed that concentrated Ginseng extract significantly reduced the induced damage and brain cell loss.
It turned out that ginsenosides act as antioxidants and protect against oxidative damage that is responsible for the development of Huntington’s and Parkinson’s disease.
- Fights obesity
One study favors the use of this Chinese superfood to fight against obesity.
Remember, you need to be in great shape to get maximum for your sexual life. This is very important!
Study says: “Ginsenosides (the major active component in ginseng) may help control appetite and prevent the over intake of food energy by improving leptin resistance, and reducing the secretion of neuropeptide Y which plays a leading role in the regulation of eating behavior.”
Warnings & Side-Effects
As with other herbal supplements, recommended dosage coupled with proper diet and exercise are key to optimizing the health benefits.
There are however mild side effects of both Tongkat Ali and Panax Ginseng. Whilst it may not be as severe as Viagra, the common side effects include:
- sleep disorders / insomnia;
- increased irritability.
- warm & fuzzy (for Panax Ginseng)
- stomach upset
If you are seeking to compare with Viagra, Cialis and Levitra, you can read our comprehensive science-backed review here.
The severity of the side effects listed above varies from one person and there have not been any reported admission cases due to the above consumption.
However, these herbal roots are strictly prohibited for use during breastfeeding (lactation), during pregnancy due to the negative effect of the drug on the unborn baby.
In addition, it is not advisable for people diagnosed with heart problems or high blood pressure too. You should consult your nearest doctor before consuming any of the herbal products listed in this article.
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