Wouldn’t it be great if mother nature provided us with an herb that increased our testosterone, improved our sex life, and exponentially added to our manly vitality? Well, I have good news. She did. That herb is Tongkat ali extract.
Tongkat Ali extract is one of the most misunderstood herbs on the planet. But beyond that mystery lies intense power.
Not limited to: enhancing libido, increasing sperm count, building muscle, torching fat & even increasing the size of sex organs, Tongkat Ali is one of the most amazing herbs mother nature has bestowed upon us.
But with this power has come an insane amount of advertising, misinformation, and ultimately confusion. Everyone wants you to think their Tongkat Ali is the best. Some don’t even put the right stuff in the capsule just so they can make a quick buck.
It’s scary. It may even drive you to stay away completely.
Fear not. In this article, I am going to tell you everything you need to know about Tongkat Ali extract (plus where to buy it) to end this confusion, once and for all. But best of all, I am going to support every single piece of information with proven facts and links to those studies. It’s time to close the door on all the confusion and open the door to better sex, a leaner body, and optimal performance.
Here is everything you need to know about Tongkat Ali extract.
What is Tongkat Ali Extract?
If you haven’t heard of Tongkat Ali extract, you are probably like what the *$#% is this guy talking about. A powerful herb surrounded by mysticism? Sorry for being dramatic, but I had to capture your interest.
Tongkat Ali is really not that much of a mystery, the only confusion comes from the mass marketing that surrounds it. With scientific advances, we now know what Tongkat Ali truly does and how to use it for whatever benefit you want.
So what is it?
Tongkat Ali is a Southeast Asian herb that grows in the jungles of Malaysia, Thailand & Indonesia. It is commonly known as Tongkat Ali, Tung Saw & Pasak Bumi, depending on which country you are in (respectively). It is also known to some as herbal viagra, but we’ll get into that a little bit later.
For centuries, this root has been used by natives as a potent aphrodisiac, a health tonic, and an energy enhancer. And now, it is available to you to use at your discretion. So what does this magic herb do exactly? Let’s find out.
Uses & Benefits of Tongkat Ali Extract
The list of Tongkat Ali’s benefits is a long one. But we are going to go through everything.
1) Increase in testosterone levels
One of the biggest reasons that so many guys are using Tongkat Ali extract is its ability to increase your testosterone levels. Tongkat Ali will indeed give you a large boost in testosterone, but thankfully not in the way that most testosterone boosters do.
While most synthetic testosterone boosters increase the amount of testosterone being produced by your Leydig cells (which in turn causes them to eventually stop producing testosterone), Tongkat Ali actually boosts the amount of Leydig cells you have while also helping your body use its natural amount of hormones more effectively.
The result, no rebound effect, and epic testosterone levels.
Bare with me, I will explain:
There is a hormone in your body called SHGB (sex hormone-binding globulin) which does exactly what it is named for. It binds to your sex hormone, testosterone, and renders it inert. Along with increasing Leydig production, what Tongkat Ali extract does is release this bind and lower your levels of SHGB so that your body can use more of its natural free testosterone. This wards off the fear of your body producing fewer sex hormones over time, as it does with most testosterone boosters. This is one of the main reasons why the longer you use Tongkat Ali extract, the bigger the boost in free testosterone you will have. Powerful stuff.
a) Here are some AST testosterone tests after 4 weeks and 8 weeks of being on Tongkat Ali. Compare these to normal testosterone levels here.
b) Here is another study from 2012 out of Malaysia on seventy-six men with hypogonadism. Before the trial, 35% percent of the men had abnormally low testosterone levels. After the trial, 90% of the men’s testosterone levels had jumped to the normal range. [Link Removed]
For more tips on increasing your testosterone check out this epic article.
2) Increase in Libido
One of the most popular reasons guys buy Tongkat Ali extract is for its proven strength as a natural aphrodisiac. This has been so commonly proven over and over, predominately on animals.
“Tongkat Ali Extract turns lame male rats into sex-crazed beasts.”
Yes, you read correctly. In numerous studies, Tongkat Ali extract turned old lame rats into sex-crazed animals, often licking their own genitalia in need of release.
a) In this study middle-aged retired breeder mice were dosed with Tongkat Ali extract for 10 days. The group being dosed with the Tongkat Ali extract showed a large increase in mounting frequency with female rats. Also, the rats displayed an increase in licking and general genital sniffing towards the female rats. Along with that, the rats not dosed were noted to be exploring the cage naturally while the rats who were dosed were constantly hanging around the female rats. [Source-3]
There are a lot of these rat studies, I am not going to bore you with them. You can find them all at the bottom of the page.
Cool, but does it work on humans?
Here is an account of a 76-year-old man’s experience with the herb. He started it due to a lack of sexual desire with his wife. After 10 days on the herb, he describes his experience as:
“Sexual fantasies all day long, semi-erection, fullness in testicles. Wanted sex in the worst way.”
3) Increase in Sperm Count And Quality
Increased sperm quality is one of the most noted and desirable effects of Tongkat Ali extract. In a world where most modern luxuries are against your sperm count (cell phones, GMO’s, etc.) it’s good to know Tongkat Ali has got your back.
A study of 75 men who consumed Tongkat Ali extract every day experienced significant improvements in sperm count and quality that lasted for months after the study ended. In fact, follow-up semen analyses in these patients showed significant improvement in all semen parameters. [Source-5]
4) More Powerful Ejaculations
Along with having better sperm, Tongkat Ali extract will actually allow you to shoot it stronger and farther.
In the end, he states:
“As ejaculatory function has been the most difficult to enhance over many years, I was, of course, quite pleasantly surprised when I found out that on 1 gram of 1:50 Tongkat Ali extract obtained from Sumatra Pasak Bumi, I was able to produce shooting ejaculations. This, I consider quite an achievement.”
The stuff we link to below is the same stuff he used.
5) Better Sex
Better sex? How? While Tongkat Ali won’t turn you into a porn star, it will help you come close. Users commonly notice a reduced refractory period means more back-to-back sessions. Some men have even reported the refractory period being so low they can achieve multiple orgasms. Plus with harder erections, a higher libido, more sperm, and more firing power – it’s hard not to have a better sex life.
6) Increased Fertility
It is also common sense that with a higher libido, better sperm, and more shooting power – you are going to have an increased chance of infertility.
Most of you guys are probably not buying Tongkat Ali extract with the goal of pregnancy. But if you are, you’re in luck!
The same study about the semen volume that we talked about above resulted in 15% of the participants reporting new pregnancies. This is staggering if you think about it. But it makes sense, being that better sperm, more concentration and higher in mobility is a key factor that impacts male fertilely. [Source-8]
Be careful with this stuff – If you are not ready for children, invest in some protection before your hormones are raging.
7) Male Enhancement (Penis Enlargement)
I bet this headline got you excited. Well, it should. Penis enlargement is a cool thing. There have been some claims floating around the internet that Tongkat Ali can actually increase the size of your penis and testicles. While there is no doubt that it will increase your libido, volumize your sperm and increase the power of your ejaculations – there is not too much to prove that it can actually increase the size of your dick. But – there is hope.
In reality, it is increased stimulation in the Leydig Cells in pubescent boys which sparks penis growth. Tongkat Ali has been showing to activate these same Leydig Cells which in turn increase testosterone.
Does this translate to penis growth?
It just may. The evidence below shows the promise of the Tongkat Ali extracts working in terms of penis enlargement. Even if it doesn’t work miracles, it definitely can be a great addition to any PE routine.
Here is a study on rats where dosing of Tongkat Ali actually did produce a 50% increase in the size of the levator ani muscle. [Source-9]
There are no human studies, but I found some great articles where guys claim to have an increase in size from Tongkat Ali alone.
8) Mood & wellbeing enhancement
Okay, so now that we are done with the staggering sexual benefits of Tongkat Ali extract, we can move on to the other stuff.
First is that Tongkat Ali extract has been proven to provide a mood enhancement and a boost in wellbeing. (Be careful though – too much can cause insomnia and agitation – see side effects section below)
In a study on Tongkat Ali’s effect on stress hormones and psychological mood state in moderately stressed subjects, the Tongkat Ali group was found to have an 11% decrease in tension, a 12% decrease in anger, and a 15% decrease in confusion. [Source-10]
It is also important to note that in this study, the same group was recorded to have reduced cortisol exposure (−16%) and increased testosterone status (+37%). More test boosting evidence.
9) Muscle Gain and Fat Loss
For the athletes, if you are not interested in the sex part, which you probably still are, tongkat ali extract also has been shown to increase muscle and boost fat loss. It is common sense that when your cortisol drops and your testosterone rises, you are going to shred fat and lean up. You are putting your body in the perfect muscle man homeostasis.
Also, this boost in testosterone and reduction in cortisol will benefit anyone who is under intense stress. Essentially anyone who is training their ass off.
By the way, if you are looking to get some fat off, get some pills.
The British Journal of Sports Medicine reported that in a double-blind placebo-controlled scientific trial, the use of tongkat ali extract resulted in a 5% increase in lean body mass in the user group, while no significant changes were observed in the placebo group. 5% of lean muscle mass in only 5 weeks is huge.
That can equate to 20% in just 20 weeks.
Among other interesting facts, the journal article states:
“The mean arm circumference of the treatment group increased significantly by 1.8 cm after the supplementation, from 30.87 (1.88) to 32.67 (1.96) cm (p = 0.011), but there was no significant increase in the placebo group.”
The boost in vigor and hormone support may be just what you need to meet your fitness goals.
10) Athletic Performance
I am inclined to say that Tongkat Ali will help athletic performance. The increase in tests and the energy boost will no doubt make you a beast on the field. But I also want to say that it is known to increase your heart rate and body temperature, so it may not be the best combo for people doing intense aerobic training on a hot day.
It is great for weight lifting and working out, no doubt.
But I wouldn’t pop it before your next half marathon. You would probably be fine! There has been nothing reported. But I like to edge on the safe side.
Wrapping up The Benefits of Tongkat Ali Extract
And the manliest herb on the planet award goes to..!
Seriously this stuff crushes. But before you go run out and buy it, keep reading because there is a lot of stuff you need to know. Plus, we will let you know where we get ours so you don’t get dooped.
Correct Way to Take Tongkat Ali Extract and The Proper Dosages
It is important to know how to properly take Tongkat Ali before you start. It’s not like other supplements where you can just pop one in every day for 3 months. Well, you can, but it won’t work as well.
You Have to Cycle it
To get the most out of your investment, it is recommended that you cycle it and run a break period of about 40% the length of your cycle. So for example, this could mean taking it for 8 weeks and then breaking it for 3.5 weeks. Or taking it for 5 days and then taking off 2 days. I highly recommend the second cycle as it is more for people looking to boost their sex drive and will allow you to keep taking it long term.
Why do you have to do this?
Simply because if you don’t, your body builds up a tolerance to the herb. But by simply adding in this cycling, the body stays receptive and the effect of the Tongkat builds up over time. You are not starting back at square one after each weekly cycle. See each one as another step up.
As far as how many pills to take and when. That will be listed on your manufacturer’s recommendations. They will also have more information on how to cycle etc.
What Extract to Buy:
Tongkat Ali extract comes in a lot of different forms. You can even buy it in root powder form (don’t!). So before we talk about dosage, we have to talk about the different extracts available.
The most common extracts you will see are 1:50, 1:100, and 1:200. These extract strengths mean that for 1:50 for every 1 part of the Tongkat Ali you get 200 parts of the Eurycoma Longifolio Jack extract (Tongkat Ali extract).
Some people say that anything above 1:4 extract is bullshit and there is no way to tell exact extract counts. I don’t believe them, because if you do as I did, and read everything that I link to at the bottom of this page, you will see that most people who have tried the root extract and lower extracts did not have the desired effect. And once they went on a more concentrated extract, it worked for them.
I recommend that you go with an extract strength of 1:200, as this is the strongest. I also recommend that you start slow (we talk more about this below) because, at high extracts, it is harder to find your exact dosage.
Everyone is different. And why works for some, maybe too much for you. You will know if you have taken too much. Insomnia, agitation, aggressiveness, and other mild symptoms will be present. So start slow, maybe only 1 pill a day the first week and work your way up. This way you will find the perfect amount that works for you.
What Dosage to Take:
So when it comes to dosage my only recommendation is this:
“Look to buy 1:200 extract from a reputable brand (we will list some below) and follow your manufacturer’s dosage guidelines. Work your way up to your first dose slowly. If you feel any symptoms before the recommended dose, you have gone too far, take less. If you reach the recommended dose, just keep taking that.”
What to Expect When You Start a Tongkat Ali Extract Regime
Well for starters, expect good things. But saying this, there are a lot of things that you need to know and everybody is different.
Don’t expect crazy results in week 1. It takes time to kick in.
By week 2 you should start to notice an increase in your sex drive and better recovery after workouts.
By week 3 you should start to feel it coming on strong. Sex drive, better ejaculations, some more drive and vigor, and a better sense of well-being may be present.
After a month you will have a significantly higher level of testosterone coursing through your blood. This will result in some fat loss, muscle tone, and everything else we mentioned.
Just keep cycling it and doing your thing. Just be patient.
Safety and Precautions When Buying
It’s important to know that Tongkat Ali is one of the most easily faked products on the web. You need to know what you’re doing when ordering the stuff because there is a lot of garbage out there.
Here’s what to look out for:
1) Buying on The Web – What You Need to Know!
Like I mentioned above, there are a lot of different Tongkat Ali’s sold out there. The internet is full of them, and sadly it is one of the easiest herbs to fake. And people do it all the time.
a) So for starters, don’t buy Tongkat Ali root powder. You want tongkat ali root extract. Important.
b) Some Tongkat has been found to have high mercury levels. Don’t let this scare you, just take it seriously. A well reputable distributor, like the one we list below, will check mercury levels so relax. Just don’t cheap out and buy from anywhere sketchy.
b) Then, follow the guidelines below to differentiate between and real and fake Tongkat Ali extract distributor.
2) How to Differentiate Between Real and Fake Tongkat Ali Extract
There are some great tips you can use before you purchase Tongkat Ali extract that will help you avoid eating the wrong stuff.
1) Find out if they are a registered business
If you find somewhere where you want to buy from, make sure they are a legit registered business and not some dude sitting in his grandma’s basement cutting Tongkat Ali root powder with God knows what.
2) Check out the contact page
Does the site have a contact page, with a phone number and email? And more importantly, do they answer when you reach out? If not, stay away. They may be okay, but if they don’t answer and your order is wrong or gets lost, good luck.
3) Beware of outlandish claims
If someone claims to have the most super awesome 1:500 extract for $9.99, stay away. This is an investment in your health. Don’t cheap out.
4) Search the company name online
Search the company name in Google, because if they do suck, then people are going to be on there letting you know or just buy it from the creator of the video (reputable) so you don’t have to worry about it.
Where to Buy Reputable Tongkat Ali Extract
There is a lot of reputable seller of Tongkat Ali extract on the web. Don’t let the section about precautions scare you, not everyone is out to get you, but let it prepare you! Some people prefer to buy a mixture of a bunch of herbs that also contains some Tongkat Ali. I do not recommend this because it is easy to manipulate and put anything in there. I recommend buying straight Tongkat Ali extract. If you want to take other stuff as well, buy that separately.
I have purchased Tongkat Ali extract from a few different sources. I have come to know the most reliable distributors to be the plantations of the Sumatra jungle in Indonesia. There are multiple suppliers to choose from.
The problem? Buying it from the supplier is very expensive unless you buy it in bulk.
The solution? You buy from someone who is buying in bulk from them.
While there are a lot, Herbolab.com is the one that I use.
This is because:
1) They buy straight from a supplier of the Sumatra jungle. They used to buy from Tongkatali.org, which is a big supplier of Tongkat Ali from that jungle, which you will find great reviews of around the web. But Herbolab was unpleased with their quality after testing each batch and now uses a supplier who performs chemical and microbiological analysis of every batch they produce. This brings me peace of mind.
2) On top of that, the owner opens all bottles, tests each order for heavy metals and impurities, and then repackages them. This is important to me because remember what we said above – you have to make sure you are buying from a source that has checked mercury levels or they can be dangerously high. We don’t want that.
3) They ship from the U.S via amazon. This is a safe and reliable outlet. They also ship from a center they have overseas if you are not in the U.S.
There are other resellers of Tongkatali.org and similar plantations around, but I have had zero issues with Herbolab.com thus far and they are a company you can actually reach for customer service. That is hard to find in this industry. But I say as long as they are a reseller of that site, you are good to go.
Tongkat Ali Side Effects
Right, so you know Tongkat Ali extract is bloody awesome. But there are still precautions that need to be taken. While generally mild, there are reported side effects of Tongkat Ali extract that need to be discussed.
The boost in energy and vigor has been known to cause insomnia in some. To ward this off, start slow. If you start to feel insomnia, you have gone too far. Your dose should be just below that.
3) Increased aggression
4) Increased anxiety
While Tongkat Ali extract has been proven to promote wellbeing, people with anxiety are sensitive to hormonal changes. If the hormonal changes cause you an increase in anxiety, just stop. This herb is not for you. Anxiety is not to be messed with. It’s not good having a raging sex drive if you are too nervous to leave the house.
**Note: Caffeine may enhance the side effects of Tongkat Ali. If you are feeling side effects, try cutting down caffeine levels along with cutting down your Tongkat Ali levels. If you ever struggle while cutting caffeine due to its addictive tendencies, here is a great article on caffeine withdrawals for your reference.
Remember, everyone reacts differently to different supplements. Start slowly with Tongkat Ali and build up. If you start to feel any of these side effects, you have reached a dose too high for you to handle. Cut back. Or stop completely.
So, there you have it. Everything that I think you need to know about Tongkat Ali extract. This powerful herb can really make a big change in your life, and now I hope you are informed enough to do it right.
Please, if you found the article helpful and you decide to give Tongkat Ali a shot, leave a comment below and let us know your user experience. And share this article with your friends! Cheers.
Testimonials & User Reviews
User Comment: From “How to Boost Testosterone Naturally: The Ultimate Guide“
“Tongkat Ali is GOD’s Greatest Gift to Mankind in Natural Medicine. Most Important, Tongkat Ali is HIDDEN KNOWLEDGE or it used to be Hidden Knowledge. The Genie is OUT OF THE BOTTLE. Today, Tongkat Ali is THE MOST Bastardized Herb in the World by unscrupulous marketers. I’ve been ingesting herbs since 1974. I’ve tried every Herb Imaginable. I’ve never ingested anything as Potent as Tongkat Ali.
Tongkat Ali is the most POTENT Herb in the World.
Tongkat Ali is FIVE TIMES more Potent than the BEST Wild Crafted Ginseng.
Tongkat Ali will TRANSCEND any MAN from Clark Kent to SUPERMAN !!!!!!
There is a video on the Internet with Native Malaysian Men WORSHIPING and PRAYING to Tiny, Scrawny, Tongkat Ali plants. That in and of itself is a Testament to the Greatness and Power of Tongkat Ali. When I saw this I was AWE-STRUCK…
Catch 22, it has to be the Correct Tongkat Ali extract review which is Medicinal Tongkat Ali
Licensed by the Health Ministry in the Country of its Origin. You cannot buy Genuine, Pure, Authentic, Unadulterated, Tongkat Ali from American Health Food Stores nor Brick and Mortar Establishments.
99.99% of All Tongkat Ali sold in the United States in Health Food Stores and Brick and Mortar Establishments is UNDER DOSED and FAKE. FDA, will not allow any USA Brick and Mortar Establishments sell any substance that actually work to RAISE Testosterone.
This is why 6-OXO (Original Formula) by ErgoPharm and Tenega Tongkat Ali
was pulled off the market shelves.
It’s Funny, Manufacturers can sell a product that doesn’t work to Raise Testosterone. If a Product actually works Raising Testosterone, FDA will pull it off the shelves and ban the populace from benefitting the results. You can only Purchase Genuine, Pure, Authentic, Unadulterated, Tongkat Ali
from Indonesia or Malaysia. Genuine, Pure, Authentic, Unadulterated, Tongkat Ali is not CHEAP, it’s EXPENSIVE.
SEAN, I buy Tongkat Ali by the Kilo from Sources you’re Very Familiar. What I don’t understand are Guys that are into Health, Wellness, Fitness, Longevity, and Anti-Aging who don’t believe in Investing in the BEST SUPER HERBS and Nutriceuticals money can buy. It’s like investing in an Automobile or Realestate… You can buy a car that’s inexpensive that will take you where you need to go. The inexpensive car will depreciate in value as soon as you drive it off the lot.
You can buy an Expensive Automobile that will serve you a LifeTime. as well. provide you a beneficial return of Investment from Collectors should you be interested in Selling.
When buying Tongkat Ali buy the BEST or don’t buy at all.
If you don’t buy the Best you’ll never Experience the EUPHORIA and EUREKA Effects of Tongkat Ali. I call it GOD’s Greatest Gift to Mankind in Natural Medicine.
If you’re, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, years old Tongkat Ali will give you a Testosterone
Erection thinking about SEX just like when you were Sixteen.
Tongkat Ali will CUT YOU UP like SHREDDED WHEAT and GIVE YOU the Sex Drive of ROCCO SIFFREDI.
NUFF SAID !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I can only Point the Way Grasshopper(s)
You Must Walk the Path YOURSELF.”
– Master Po
And here’s one I just got via email earlier today:
“Hey Sean it’s Vlad again, I’ve been seeing tremendous strength gains in the gym with Tongkat Ali after 3 weeks. I’ve broken plateaus in several exercises. That stuff seems to be doing something, i’ll see what happens later on in the cycle.” – Vlad
Other Links & User Reviews
Man tracks taking Tongkat Ali extract while noticing intense orgasms and a much higher libido
Man with prior ED reports “painfully hard erections” and almost double the seminal volume while supplementing Tongkat Ali
Confessions of a Tongkat Ali user: My experience using the testosterone boosting herb
Interesting Forum Posts
Better mood, better workouts, bigger testicles, increase in penis size
Bodybuilding.com forum – Long term effects on SHGB’s
Resources and Links to Studies
For a link to all sources, see the reference [Source-X] next to the specified study.
Other studies not referenced:
Effects of an herbal preparation on libido and semen quality in boars. Reprod Domest Anim. 2011 Aug;46(4):573-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0531.2010.01703.x. Epub 2010 Nov 23.
Influence of Eurycoma longifolia on the copulatory activity of sexually sluggish and impotent male rats. J Ethnopharmacol. 2009 Nov 12;126(2):308-13. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2009.08.021. Epub 2009 Aug 22.
A long list of studies on Tongkat Ali extract
Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor and all advice above is my opinion. Use Tongkat Ali extract at your own risk (or pleasure).