Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma longifolia) is an evergreen tree that is native to Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. The tree is known as tung saw in Thailand and Pasak Bumi in Indonesia. Natives of these countries believe that every part of the tree is very medicinal. The root of the tongkat ali tree has been used for decades as a traditional medicine and tonic, and the extracts from the tree work as energy enhancers as well as aphrodisiacs.
Tonkgat ali has many health benefits, though some of these findings have not been tested on humans. For example, the tongkat ali root is known to contain several compounds including beta-carboline alkaloids and quassinoid-type glycosides, as well as Eurycomaoside. Beta-carboline alkaloids have showcased the fact that a definite quantity can kill cancer cells, due to the effects it had on human lung cancer and the human breast cancer cell lines. These types of cancers are usually very difficult to treat, so this discovery is quite outstanding in itself, and therefore more research is being anticipated.
Another benefit worth taking note of is that tonkgat ali is known to boost testosterone levels. This has sparked interest in the bodybuilding community as users claim tongkat ali herb contributes to the building of muscles. Since this is safe, highly effective and legal, bodybuilders have been strongly attracted to this power enhancing herb for increasing their performance, a size of their muscles and muscle strength.
Tongkat ali is also known to have considerable effect on sexual performance. This is directly connected to the herb’s ability to increase the production of testosterone, the androgenic hormone which is the male sex hormone responsible for typical male sexual characteristics. Studies of the effect of tongkat ali on lab animals indicated that the herb increased the sexual performance and overall sexual activity in the animals.
Tongkat ali is a potent testosterone booster, and it boosts sexual performance in various ways such as having increased volume of semen, orgasms that are more intense, increase in libido and stronger erections. It is considered to be a natural Viagra, and some even say it performs much more effectively than Viagra with longer lasting effects.
Tongkat ali aka Longjack is not only known to enhance sexual performance, there are several compounds discovered in the herbs that have anti-malarial characteristics. One of these compounds, Eurycomanone, a bioactive substance can be used as one of the ingredients in anti-malaria drugs.
Tongkat ali is indeed a very useful tree with so many benefits. It must, however, be stated that in whatever form it is consumed, either as a supplement or win combination with other drugs or supplements, care must be taken. The noted side effects of tongkat ali include insomnia, an increase in body temperature and general restlessness. Therefore, care must be taken when using this powerful, medicinal herb.