Tongkat Ali has been used in Malaysia and Southeast Asia for its beneficial effects for centuries. Traditionally, decoctions made from its extract have been used to treat a reduced libido and impotency, as well as depression, high blood pressure, and fatique. Recent scientific research has shown Tongkat Ali to provide a decrease in stress, anger, and confusion and higher and better maintained testosterone levels.
Tongkat Ali, often referred to as “Malaysian Ginseng”, is becoming increasingly more popular for its beneficial effects without notable adverse side effects. Nowadays, it is widely used to gain energy, improve libido and help prevent erectile dysfunction, to treat stress, to help build muscle, as an aid for weight loss, and to improve overall mood and well-being. As the bioactive compounds in Tongkat Ali primarily work by balancing the hormone levels in the hypothalamus, the effects in men and women differ slightly. Due to improved testosterone levels men may to some extent experience masculinization, but this has not been observed in women.