Eurycoma Longifolia / Long Jack
Tongkat Ali also known as Eurycoma Longifolia, Long Jack, Pasak Bumi and Malaysian Ginseng. The herb is a slim and slender tree that grows along the hills of the rainforests of Southeastern Asia. Tongkat Ali in Malay means “Ali’s Walking Stick”. The Tongkat Ali tree can grow up to about 12 meters in height. Unlike most trees, the root of Tongkat Ali grows straight into the deep ground penetrating into the soil to obtain its nutrients. The active ingredients are compound and concentrated in the roots of the herb.
The documented use of Tongkat Ali dates back more than two century, have been used in traditional medicinal recipes for men and women as aphrodisiac, promote and improve health, increase strength and libido. Natives of Riau, uses Tongkat Ali to treatment of malaria.
Eurycoma Longifolia was scientifically studied till to-date in Malaysia universities. The roots contain beneficial compounds with strong antioxidants which slow down aging process. The herb also contains other phytochemical that are anti-malarial, anti-cancerous and anti-viral. The roots have been proven to be twice as potent against fevers as aspirin. In traditional Malay families, senior folks consume Tongkat Ali brews to combat high blood pressure and lower cholesterol level.
Clinical studies conducted on mice showed male mice that were given Tongkat Ali became more interested sexually in female mice. They also became more aware of their surroundings and in grooming themselves. Other experiments conducted show that Tongkat Ali has the potential of increasing fertility and the sperm count by increasing the quality, quantity and mobility of the sperm.
An article written by a member of the Medicinal Plants Research Group at in West Java, Tongkat Ali is a popular herb used to enhance energy, strength, vitality, loss of sexual desire and impotence. It was also use to relief pain (headaches, stomach pain), fever, mouth ulcers, intestinal worms, wounds, sexual diseases, skin infections, high blood and diabetes.
Testosterone is a male hormone that can be found in both men and women. But it is more of the male characteristics. Usually, at age 30, blood levels of testosterone start to decline slowly. If testosterone declines in a man’s body, his muscles, energy, and libido begin to decrease. Men who smoke and drink alcohol excessively lose testosterone faster than those who don’t.
Male hormones or testosterone stimulates metabolism, promote fat burning, increase red blood cells and muscle growth.
Tongkat Ali is known to boost performance, stamina and muscle mass in body building. In a clinical study conducted with a group of men, half the male were given Tongkat Ali to consume while the other half were not. During a few week of physical training program, the men who consume the herbs experienced greater muscle mass gain, stamina and strength. There were also a growing number of Asian athletes and body builders whom are using Tongkat Ali as an androgen booster to improve muscle size and enhance their sports performance.
Hence, Tongkat Ali is beneficial to men age over 50 especially in supporting a healthy testosterone level.
Testosterone and Male Libido
The sexual desire of both men and women is related to their level of testosterone. Women produce more estrogen and less testosterone. About 2% of testosterone flows freely through your body system and is responsible for ignition of your libido. Just like estrogen, testosterone plays an important role in a man’s physical development and maturity of the male sex organs. Its secondary characteristics include enlarging of the larynx, growth of facial and body hair, and sexual characteristics.
Testosterone is not just a sex booster for men.
In women, testosterone promotes female sexual desire and raises her sensitivity in the erogenous zones. Tongkat Ali does not take effect immediately. The herb is able to enhance the testosterone if taken regularly. Tongkat Ali takes effects gradually after a period of time. You should be able to feel the result within 1 to 2 weeks if use without any interruption.
Other benefits of Tongkat Ali
1) Reproductive Health
Testosterone plays an important role in reproductive health, cardiovascular health, and cognitive function, maintaining lean body mass, bone density and insulin control. Man with declining male hormones or andropause is sometime known as low testosterone syndrome is normally associated with reduced sexual function. With the intake of Tongkat Ali, it helps to build up testosterone levels and promote mental and physical health.
2) Cardio Health
Reduce the risk of heart problems or disease, cognitive decline, and insulin sensitivity, mood swings, and lower risk of osteoporosis.
3) Muscle Mass
Tongkat Ali enhances blood circulation and increases blood flow, warming the body. Thus, body fats are burned and make more lean muscles. (Lean body mass may be replaced with fat, resulting in an age-related condition caused by obesity and receded muscular strength).
4) Pain Relief
Tongkat Ali was used traditionally in medicinal concoctions for general illnesses like fever, stomach pain, and headache. It was two times more effective than aspirin.
5) Malarial Treatment
The roots of Tongkat Ali contain a group of plant chemicals called quassinoid, alkaloid, and peptide which have the property to kill malaria parasites.
6) Elevate Energy
Tongkat Ali increases the body’s metabolic rate and enhances blood circulation via carrying and providing oxygen quickly to your body system.
Research conducted by the Forest Research Institute Malaysia, Department of Science, discovered that Tongkat Ali contains Superoxide dismutase or SOD, an anti-oxidant enzyme. This enzyme present in Tongkat Ali inhibited the chain reaction of radicals harmful to the body system.
Clinical studies conducted on mice showed that those that were given Tongkat Ali had a significant decrease in episodes of fighting. The mice were also able to complete more squares on a maze than they could before they consumed the Tongkat Ali. These results were found to be consistent with the anxiolytic effect produced by diazepam. Therefore, this study supports the medicinal use of Tongkat Ali for the treatment of anxiety.
Research in U.S.A and Japan reported that some plant chemicals found in the quassinoids and alkaloids (a natural compound isolated and found in Simaroubaceae plant, usually bitter in taste), have an effect on preventing the growth of cancer cells in their laboratory experiments. The experiments included breast cancer cells, colon cancer cells, and leukemia.