Nine Reasons Why Tongkat Ali Didn’t Work on You

Have you tried Tongkat Ali but failed miserably to meet or exceed your expectations in achieving your health goals? 

If Tongkat Ali didn’t work, then this article is for you. 

But, before you go on, have you tried cycling Tongkat Ali?

Cycling Tongkat Ali

Tongkat Ali cycling is the practice of taking Tongkat Ali in a start-stop manner at regular intervals. It is believed that cycling Tongkat Ali consumption will optimize Tongkat Ali’s bioactive efficacy and hormonal responses.

As a result, many reported better gains from cycling Tongkat Ali compared to continuous long-term consumption without breaks.

If you tried cycling Tongkat Ali and did not work, there may be other reasons why Tongkat Ali didn’t work, or may not work on you.

Perhaps you are one of the few unlucky Tongkat Ali users who did not get the full benefits of Tongkat Ali. Maybe because you unknowingly bought a China-made cheap low-quality Tongkat Ali product, or generic Tongkat Ali extract that is commonly sold in the US.

Tongkat Ali will work on most people provided you bought a highly potent Tongkat Ali. And there are situations and moments when you can get the best results from Tongkat Ali.

This article provides insights as to why Tongkat Ali did not work on you, including some tips on how you can maximize your results from Tongkat Ali.

Let’s find out more!


Possible reasons why Tongkat Ali did not or may not work on you

  1. You are not exercising enough
  2. You bought a low-quality Tongkat Ali extract
  3. You are smoking too much
  4. You are drinking too much alcohol
  5. You are highly and constantly stressed
  6. You are obese or overweight
  7. You eat too much sugar
  8. You are not fully rested or lack of sleep.
  9. You are not eating well

1. You are not exercising enough

If you are not exercising enough, then chance are no herbal supplement can help you to achieve your health goals. Tongkat Ali works more effectively if you perform regular exercise as it elevates your hormonal glands in your endocrine system.

A randomized placebo-controlled study in 2020 on a group consuming 200mg of Tongkat Ali daily with 3-times a week exercise showed the most libido improvement and the highest testosterone increase.

Tongkat Ali works wonderfully in optimizing your testosterone and other hormone production when your body is subjected to the right exercises.

For instance, if you are looking at improving your ED or libido, try taking Tongkat Ali 400mg daily with Kegel exercises. This will improve your libido or ED significantly after four weeks.

💡 Tips:

In order to maximize Tongkat Ali effects, perform any of the following exercises that may boost your libido or testosterone when consuming Tongkat Ali:

  • Mild jog or run 3-4 times a week for four weeks.
  • Weight training with moderate weights – twice a week.
  • Squats – 30 reps with 2 sets, daily for four weeks
  • Star jumps – 30 reps with 2 sets, daily for four weeks.

2. You bought a low-quality Tongkat Ali

Low-quality Tongkat Ali products have undeniably low bioactive ingredients due to poor herbal extraction protocols or are filled with impurities. And you may have accidentally bought one.

Unprecedented demand of Tongkat Ali enabled China to continue producing cheap quality Tongkat Ali for US consumers. Unfortunately, almost all China Tongkat Ali extracts are not clinically tested on humans.

As a result, generic or poor Tongkat Ali extracts may not bring the desired results or noticeable difference to your health due to unbelievably low potency and efficacy

💡 Tips:

Key purchasing guide to avoid buying low quality Tongkat Ali:

  • Clinically tested Tongkat Ali products work better than generic Tongkat Ali
  • Choose Standardized Tongkat Ali Hot Water Extract instead of ethanol-based extract.
  • Look out for patented or proprietary extraction method
  • Avoid buying mixed-ingredient Tongkat Ali products (eg: Fadogia Agrestis Tongkat Ali)
  • Avoid buying from generic health supplement brands
  • Purchase the best Tongkat Ali supplements in the USA to avoid getting cheated
  • Purchase only top reputable brands. Check out the top 20 Tongkat Ali brands that are worth your money.

3. You are smoking too much

Studies have showed that smoking increases the levels of carbon monoxide in a person’s body. This in turn may reduce the production of testosterone and affects libido.

On this note, smokers taking Tongkat Ali may experience reduced effects from libido or testosterone.

"Cigarette smoke is known to be a risk factor when it comes to erectile dysfunction because nicotine causes the blood vessels in your body to narrow"

Yes, you can take Tongkat Ali if you are smoking and there are no reported side-effects of taking Tongkat Ali on smokers (includes vaping).

However, you may not get the best results from Tongkat Ali if you are seeking to improve your libido or testosterone significantly.

💡 Tips:
  • Reduce or stop smoking for at least two weeks when consuming Tongkat Ali.
  • Avoid nicotine patch as this may not improve Tongkat Ali’s effects
  • You may switch to vape / e-Cigarette if necessary, but best to avoid it.
  • Monitor for any signs of improvement of libido, testosterone, stamina or strength

4. You are drinking too much alcohol

Tongkat Ali can be taken with alcohol in moderation, but taking Tongkat Ali with regular alcohol consumption may not restore or improve your testosterone to optimal levels. Therefore, it is best to avoid alcohol consumption if you want the best libido or testosterone improvements when taking Tongkat Ali.

The fact is, excessive alcohol affects the messengers (i.e neurotransmitters) in the brain that controls the blood flow to the penis. In a 2018 study, results showed that it led to decreased sensitivity of the penis and taking Tongkat Ali without reducing your alcohol consumption may not yield optimal benefits.

In addition, there is strong evidence that alcohol cause lower production of testosterone. Some studies reported a 6.8% drop in testosterone even with moderate alcohol consumption whilst other studies recorded a higher reduction of total testosterone.

As excessive alcohol is one of the risk factors of Erectile Dysfunction (ED) in men, you may want to avoid drinking any beers, wine or spirits when taking Tongkat Ali.

💡 Tips:
  • Reduce alcohol consumption by 70% when consuming Tongkat Ali.
  • Drink moderately, say 1 glass of wine per day when consuming Tongkat Ali
  • For better results on libido, stop drinking alcoholic drinks for two weeks prior taking Tongkat Ali
  • Monitor for any signs of improvement of libido, testosterone, stamina or strength

5. You are highly and constantly stressed

Tongkat Ali is scientifically proven to reduce anger, tension and improve overall mood and it is tested to work well on moderately stressed individuals.

However, if you are constantly and highly stressed, this can cause cortisol (i.e stress hormone) to suppress the testosterone production in the hypothalamus and Leydig cells found in the testicles.

A quick fix to that is to increase Tongkat Ali dosage from 200mg to 400mg per day.

However, if your libido or testosterone does not improve after taking Tongkat Ali at prescribed doses, you may need to find ways to reduce your stress prior to, or when consuming Tongkat Ali.

💡 Tips:
  • Increase daily dosage of Tongkat Ali to 400mg per day.
  • Perform basic breathing to reduce stress. The best method is Wim Hof Breathing Technique
  • Perform yoga with Tongkat Ali daily for six weeks.
  • Use aromatherapy to help relax and rejuvenate
  • Tune into an upbeat song and dance to it. It helps to improve your mood.
  • Avoid alcohol. This should not be your solution to stress or improve your mood.

6. You are obese or overweight

Tongkat Ali may not work as effectively as someone who is within the recommended BMI.

So, if you are obese or overweight, Tongkat Ali may not work on you.

Studies showed moderate obesity predominantly decreases total testosterone due to insulin resistance-associated reductions in sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG).

If you are obese, you may need to supplement Tongkat Ali consumption with plenty of exercises to restore your hormonal balance, including testosterone.

The truth is, obesity is associated with low androgen levels in men and causes adverse alterations in your endocrine system. The result of lower testosterone affects your libido or ED due to hypogonadism.

The good news is that Tongkat Ali is tested on hypogonadism and low level of androgens in men. But there are some tips to maximize Tongkat Ali’s effect if you are obese.

💡 Tips:
  • Focus on light-to-moderate exercises such as 20-minute of jogging daily
  • Do jumps and squats – for 5 minutes daily
  • Do swimming or cycling – 20 minutes daily
  • Reduce oily foods or processed foods
  • Take 200mg – 400mg of Tongkat Ali daily
  • Avoid diary food for few days and change your diets to fibers and animal protein

7. You have too much sugar in your diet

Tongkat Ali may not work to improve testosterone if you have too much sugar content in your daily diet. A 2018 US-based study found that sugar-sweetened beverages reduce serum testosterone in adult males aged 20-39.  Multiple other studies suggest that processed sugar lowers your total testosterone and prevents the production of testosterone in your adrenal glands.

Therefore, if you have high blood sugar levels (or prediabetic), chances are Tongkat Ali supplement may not work as effectively as it should, resulting in less-than-optimal gains. This may explain that Tongkat Ali did not work on some people who consume high sugar diet, especially from fizzy carbonated drinks, sweet cakes and biscuits or even high-fructose fruits.

What you could do is to opt for a sugar-free diet or reduce your sugar intake by 70% when taking Tongkat Ali. Avoid taking high sugar diet from fizzy drinks, sweets, biscuits, processed food, cakes that may impair your testosterone production. This protocol may help you to restore optimal testosterone balance in your bloodstream, resulting in higher energy boost from efficient fat burn and better protein synthesis.

💡 Tips:
  • Avoid taking coffee with sugar in the morning or evening for at least 2 weeks.
  • Take Tongkat Ali 200mg and avoid sweets, cakes, and fizzy drinks for 12 weeks.
  • Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water at room temperature.
  • Choose standardized hot water Tongkat Ali extract to get the best result with keto-diet or sugar-free diet. 

8. You are not fully rested or lack of sleep.

Lack of sleep, or sleep deprivation is associated with lower testosterone. If you are not sleeping well, or less than 7 hours a day, it is time to get your body to rest before consuming Tongkat Ali.

Adequate sleep is the most basic resting protocol that is effective to restore hormonal balance. And consuming Tongkat Ali may be the best supplement to enhance the positive impact to the endocrine system.

💡 Tips:
  • Sleep early, or sleep at least 6 to 7 hours a day.
  • Make sure you get quality sleep, by avoiding background noise or things that can disturb your sleep.
  • Practice weight training or resistance training, it may help you to sleep better.

9. You are not eating well

You may need to change your eating habit if you want maximum benefits from Tongkat Ali. Most people don’t follow this rule, thinking that Tongkat Ali will work magically without even having to change your diet.

Food containing soy, vegetable oil, and corns are filled with polyunsaturated fatty acids and may lower, or even suppress testosterone production.

And that said, Tongkat Ali’s effectiveness hinges on its testosterone-boosting ability by activating your hormonal / adrenal glands to produce more testosterone.

In short, Tongkat Ali works well with a set of a good and balanced diet.

Here are 8 foods that lower your testosterone levels which you need to avoid to get the best from Tongkat Ali.

For those who are on a strict diet, eating excessive processed foods may negate the positive benefits from Tongkat Ali as it contains trans fat that is linked to inflammation, heart disease and others.

💡 Tips:
  • Avoid or minimize intake of trans fat and food containing fatty acids.
  • Stop taking soy milk or soy latte.
  • Make sure you consume healthy animal proteins such as beef, eggs and chickens.
  • Avoid eating processed / canned foods for two to three weeks.
  • Avoid taking mint-tea or food containing mint leaves

Parting Thoughts

A well known MRNA vaccine is 95% effective in preventing COVID19.  And data from Pfizer showed 43% to 83% of the patients reported an improved erection after taking the blue pill.

In our parting thoughts, this brings home an important point.

Like every medicinal drug produced by the best pharmaceutical companies, not everyone is positively affected by it. Some experience more noticeable improvements than others.

The same can be said for Tongkat Ali.

Whilst even the strongest and most potent standardized Tongkat Ali extract may work, your conditions and diet may limit its full potential.

Regular exercise, sugar-free diet and sufficient sleep may work to bring you maximum benefits from Tongkat Ali.

And don’t forget to check out our comprehensive dosage guide to get the best from Tongkat Ali too.

Give it a try, let us know what you think and leave your comments below!

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 .


The content published on this website is for educational purposes and should not be viewed, read, or seen as a prescription or constitute any form of medical advice. We recommend you consult your nearest GP or doctors before consuming Tongkat Ali or any products which contain Tongkat Ali. For further information, kindly refer to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for more information.

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