Tongkat ali or pasak bumi is a tree, that is native to some Asian countries, like Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Tongkat ali (Eurycoma longifolia) is the local name for a medium-sized tree with a slender trunk. The tree can reach a maximum height of around ten meters. The roots of this rain forest tree have been used as a herbal remedy, for a very long time.
The name 'tongkat ali' (that means Ali's walking stick) is derived from the long and twisted nature of the roots. It is a slow-growing tree, which takes around 25 years to mature. It is claimed that use of this root is beneficial for boosting testosterone levels. It is also suggested that the herb has antimalarial, antitumor, antipyretic, and antibacterial properties. Tongkat ali is now popular as Asian Viagra and longjack.
The root of Tongkat ali is available in dried form, or as powder or extract. Traditionally, these roots have been used as an aphrodisiac. Tongkat ali is mainly used for increasing libido, sexual stamina, and fertility. It is also used for treating impotence and erectile dysfunction. This herb is an active ingredient in some bodybuilding supplements, because an increased level of testosterone leads to an increased muscle mass.
Even though, the efficacy of this herb is still not proved in humans, studies conducted on animals suggest that tongkat ali may increase sexual interest. According to the exponents of this herb, it can act in two ways. It increases the production of testosterone in the body. At the same time, it inhibits the action of an enzyme, that is responsible for the metabolism of testosterone. Increase in testosterone level results in an increase in stamina and sexual desire. This herb is also said to be beneficial for equalizing and balancing blood circulation in the body. It is claimed that tongkat ali is good for boosting the immune system as well as the reproductive system.
Tongkat ali is very popular, and most of the users are satisfied with its use. There are a few reports about some side effects, like insomnia and anxiety. Such side effects are often found in people, who use high doses of the herb. Some of the users develop a warming sensation throughout the body, after ingesting the herb. This reaction is also linked to high dosage, and is said to be due to the increased blood flow and body temperature. Rapid heartbeat is an uncommon side effect.
It is always better to stick to the proper dosage of tongkat ali, as prescribed by a qualified herbal practitioner. However, this herb is not recommended for men with heart diseases, diabetes, kidney diseases, liver problems, and prostate or breast cancer. It should not be taken by men, who use immunosuppressant drugs. It is always better to consult a healthcare provider, before using such herbs.
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert advice.