What Is Eurycoma Longifolia (Tongkat Ali)
Tongkat Ali is a popular folk name for Eurycoma longifolia, a slender, medium-sized tree reaching 30 feet in height. The name Tongkat Ali means “Ali’s walking stick.” Another folk name for the plant is Longjack. In Indonesia, it is known as Pasak Bumi. By any name, Tongkat Ali is native to Malaysia, lower Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, and Indonesia. The plant thrives in shade, and flourishes under the canopy of the rainforest. The root is employed as a traditional remedy for the treatment of malaria, high blood pressure, fevers, fatigue, loss of sexual desire, and impotence.
Nobody knows how long Tongkat Ali has been employed for medicinal purposes, but its documented use dates back to the 1700s. The herb enjoys a long history of traditional application and a growing body of serious science corroborating its uses. In Malaysia, Tongkat Ali is a national treasure, consumed widely to bolster sexual potency, and an ingredient found in more than 300 products, from root chips to herbal syrups, special coffees, infused chocolates, capsules, and popular soft drinks. Southeast Asian men and women equally enjoy Tongkat Ali in a plethora of forms for its sex-enhancing properties. Athletes find Tongkat Ali helps to boost athletic performance, so the herb and its preparations have a good place in Malaysian athletics. Beverages containing Tongkat Ali extract can be found at any gas stop or convenience store, and at roadside stands throughout Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand.
Eurycoma Longifolia (Tongkat Ali) Active Compound
Eurycoma Longifolia (Tongkat Ali) contains various classes of bioactive compounds such as quassinoids, β-carboline alkaloids, canthin-6-one alkaloids, triterpene tirucallane type, squalene derivatives and biphenyl neolignan, eurycolactone, laurycolactone, and eurycomalactone, and bioactive steroids, with quassinoids accounting for a major portion of the phytochemicals in the root.