Tongkat ali (TA) is increasingly being used in male enhancement and testosterone booster supplements. The following article will discuss the Tongkat ali benefits and side effects.

TA is essentially a medicinal herb native to Southeast Asian countries including Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam. The locals call this plant the Malaysian ginseng, whereas scientists refer to it as Eurycoma longifolia.

The plant contains active ingredients such as eurycomalacton, eurycomanol and eurycomanon that make it ideal for treating a wide range of diseases. TA has found use in enhancing libido, improving sports performance and weight loss, as an anti-ageing remedy, improving a person’s overall well-being, and reducing fatigue. Here is a detailed look at Tongkat ali benefits and side effects:

Benefits of Tongkat Ali

Over the years, medical experts have carried out numerous studies to learn more about the benefits of TA. Some of its notable health benefits include:

1. Boosting Libido

TA is widely referred to as a “home-grown Viagra” in Malaysia due to its ability to enhance sexual desire. According to a study appearing in the Journal of Tropical Forest Science, this plant contains a class of peptides called “eurypeptides” that improve sex drive. To achieve this goal, eurypeptides restore normal levels of testosterone by increasing the rate of release of “free” testosterone from the sex-hormone-binding-globulin (SHBG). As such, it works differently than say anabolic steroids that boost testosterone levels by enhancing “testosterone synthesis.”

2. Treating Cancer

A study states that this herb’s root extracts contain beta-carboline alkaloids that show significant cytotoxicity against breast and lung cancer cells. Researchers involved in this study were able to identify 3 new beta-carboline alkaloids and 19 existing ones that are highly cytotoxic.

3. Anti-bacterial Characteristics

Acetone and alcoholic extracts from the Malaysian ginseng leaves and stem have potent antibacterial agents, according to the results of a study carried out in Malaysia and published in the Saudi Medical Journal. Extracts used in this study were effective against Staphylococcus, Serratia marscesens, Escherichia coli, and Salmonella typhi bacteria strains.

4. Treating Malaria

Researchers involved in the same study on TA’s effects on cancer cells also found that beta-carboline extracts are effective at treating malaria.

5. Stress Reliever

According to a study, 200 mg of TA root extract taken every day lowers cortisol levels leading to improvements in one’s stress hormone profile.

6. Anxiety Remedy

A study found that this plant is an effective remedy for anxiety . In fact, this study showed that TA produces similar anxiolytic effects as those produced by diazepam.

7. Testosterone Booster for Men with Late-onset Hypogonadism

Late on-set hypogonadism (LOH) is a condition in which the body’s testosterone production is inadequate. The good news is this herb’s extracts can improve the Aging Males’ Symptoms (AMS) scores of such men.

Tongkat Ali Side Effects

In spite of the benefits detailed above, TA does have some side effects. However, such effects are generally mild and there is no evidence of serious liver or renal function, according to a study. In addition, not all people who take the Malaysian ginseng extracts experience negative effects.

With this in mind, potential TA effects may include:

  • Increased metabolic body heat. To counter this side effect, you should increase your daily water intake

  • Insomnia. TA can cause insomnia as the body gets used to its effect. To avoid this, it is advisable to start with small doses if taking the plant’s extracts for the first time

  • Abnormally high levels of testosterone may increase irritability, impatience and restlessness

  • Just like any other medication, exceeding the recommended daily dosage can prove dangerous. A study recommends 50 to 200 mg per day of water-extracted Eurycoma longifolia root standardized to 22% eurypeptides

  • TA’s bitter taste may put off to some people.


Most Asian communities have used Tongkat Ali for centuries to improve their energy levels, improve sex drive, and ramp up the body’s testosterone levels. Scientific studies have shown that TA does have real medicinal value. For instance, it has great libido boosting qualities thanks to eurypeptides that enhance testosterone release from sex-hormone-binding-globulin (SHBG).

Sg Petani Terapi point of view;

Every herbs have own characteristic i.e. male or female energy (polarity law). TA considered as male energy. A man strongly not recommend to take TA alone because its against the polarity law (male & male). However TA can be consumed after boiling with others female herbs. Female herbs can be Lady finger root, Kucing Galak, Letup Kelambu, Tombak Lalang etc. Then these solution will deliver a maximum benefits to a man.

However we strongly recommend to prepare this solution by your own. Please do not take a chemicals content TA as these chemicals will act as your silent killer.


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