One of the recent discoveries in the field of herbal medicine is the medicinal value found in the extract from the tree known as Tongkat Ali. This extract is gaining popularity among men and also in the field of bodybuilding. Studies are still on-going by joint teams of research workers from countries like Japan, England and the United States to determine and find out what other health benefits are resident in the extract.
The Tongkat Ali extract is known to boost the levels of testosterone, which is a well-known steroid much used by bodybuilders. A study was conducted a few years ago on 2 different groups of men; a group was given the extract, while the other group was given an inert medicine. The group that used Tongkat Ali extract had a muscle mass increase as high as 5 percent while the other group showed no significant changes. This was due to the presence of testosterone in the extract. Testosterone is a naturally occurring steroid that is very potent; it is also a sex hormone.
The extract is also used to enhance the sexual performance of men. The testosterone present in the extract enables users to achieve erections and even maintain the erections for a long time. It is well known that as men get older, the drive for sex also declines, but the extract has been found to restore the libido of ageing men. This is why it is sometimes touted as the modern day natural Viagra. Some even claim the extract works far better than its synthetic counterpart, in that it is natural and has no side effects.
Tongkat Ali extract is also believed to have other uses. It makes users feel better both psychologically and physiologically. All this is attributable to the boosts in testosterone levels in the body. This is also one of the benefits that were enjoyed by the Chinese for centuries since the potency of the extract was discovered. The extract bettered their cardiovascular health.
A challenge commonly faced by people who desire to enjoy the benefits of the Tongkat Ali extract is the costliness of it. The reason is because of the fact that the Tongkat Ali tree flourishes only in particular areas of the world. The tree is native to Indonesia and takes up to 10 years to fully mature; this is when the tree is ready to be used.
One needs to be careful when purchasing Tongkat Ali. Manufacturers and other herbal supplement merchants exist online, and lots of the so-called Tongkat Ali products are usually technical grade i.e. they are adulterated. Make sure to purchase from highly credible and reliable sources.