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Tongat Ali (Eurycoma)
What is Tongat ali?
Eurycoma longifolia (Tongkat Ali or Pasak Bumi) is a flowering plant in the family Simaroubaceae, native to Indonesia ,Thailand and Malaysia.It is a small evergreen tree growing to 12 m tall, with spirally arranged, pinnate leaves 20-40 cm long with 13-41 leaflets. The flowers are dioecious, with male and female flowers on different trees; they are produced in large panicles, each flower with 5-6 very small petals. The fruit is green ripening dark red, 1-2 cm long and 0.5-1 cm broad.It is considered herbal Viagra in Asia. It is also used by athletes due to its testosterone increasing properties.
What is the effective dosage of Tongat ali supplementation?
The effective dosage is 100mg/day of a water-extracted eurycoma root (standardized to 22% eurypeptides). Since long term human trials with tongkat ali have not been published, it would be best to take breaks from use.
What are the benefits of Tongat ali supplementation?
• Tongat ali used in Malaysia for many years by men to increase sexual desire, libido, sexual performance and to treat erectile dysfunction.
• It Boosts testosterone levels in men.
• It Increases muscle mass.
• It Increases energy levels.
• It Improves sex drive (libido)
• It improves recovery.
What are the side effects of Tongat ali supplementation?
Reported side effects of tongat ali include insomnia, anxiety, and restlessness.
• It is not for children or pregnant or breast feeding women.
It should not be used by people taking immunosuppressant drugs.
It is especially important to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking insulin. Tongkat ali may decrease blood sugar levels.
There are no reported side effects in animal or human studies of eurycoma. It is important to note that the majority of these studies have been conducted on hot-water-extracts of eurycoma (which is the traditional Malaysian preparation). Many of the eurycoma extracts currently on the US market are alcohol-extracts, which provide a completely different chemical profile, which may not be as effective or as safe as the studied hot-water-extracts.