What You Must Know Before Buying or Using Tongkat Ali Extract… (or else it won’t work.)

Tongkat Ali works and it works amazingly well. It is the closest nature has ever come to creating the perfect aphrodisiac. But many people who buy Tongkat Ali supplement off the Net will never come close to experiencing the wondrous sexual enhancement effect (among other things) of Tongkat Ali.

Before I go into the reasons why, there is a persistent myth about Tongkat Ali I want to dispel. And its going to disappoint you. That is… Tongkat Ali Do NOT work immediately, in 30 minutes, like what a lot online sellers are claiming. Far from it. The plain fact is… no nutritional supplement works right away.

Now with this out of the way, let’s dive into where to buy and how to use Tongkat Ali for maximum effect.

Here are the guidelines for buying Tongkat Ali supplements:

1. Buy Tongkat Ali root extract and not just Tongkat Ali.

2. Buy Tongkat Ali root extract that specifies the extract strength. Too low, it doesn’t work.

3. Buy a product that contains Tongkat Ali extract only.

4. And finally if possible, buy Indonesian and not Malaysia Tongkat Ali.

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The active ingredient within Tongkat Ali (latin name: Eurycoma Longifolia Jack) roots is present in miniscule amounts. Therefore, products with label that says it contains ‘Tongkat Ali’ just isn’t going to do the job. It must specifically state it contains Tongkat Ali extract.

But that’s not enough. You must also take note of the extract strength. An extract strength of 1:50 means 50 gram of Tongkat Ali root is used to produced 1 gram of extract. An extract strength of 1:100 means 100 gram of root is use to produce 1 gram of extract. Some brands of Tongkat Ali extract such as SD-200 (the most established brand in the world) is even more concentrated with 200 gram of roots being used to produced 1 gram of extract. In other words, their extract strength is 1:200.

Thus among the various Tongkat Ali extracts cited above, 1:200 is the most concentrated and potent. Watch out if a product simply say ‘Tongkat Ali extract’ without specifying the extract strength. The concentration could be 1:5 or just 1:2. Technically it is still an extract. But therapeutically, it feels like nothing because the concentration just isn’t high enough to have any impact on your body.
You also do not want to buy a supplement containing other ingredients. Its a waste of money. Just buy the pure extract.

And finally if possible, buy Indonesia Tongkat Ali supplement. Why? First of all, in Malaysia, Tongkat Ali has been declared as a protected plant since 2001 and any wild harvesting from its forest is illegal. And there is also no Tongkat Ali plantation in Malaysia. So any manufacturer who claims their Tongkat Ali is from Malaysia is probably stretching the truth or perhaps breaking the law. Secondly, Malaysia’s Tongkat Ali has been found to be high in lead content, ranging from 10.64 to 20.72 ppm (parts per million). Compared to Indonesia Tongkat Ali, the lead content is just 0.08 ppm. Also, Indonesia is the only country in the world where Tongkat Ali shrubs can still be found in the wild.

The Proper Way To Consume Tongkat Ali So It Works Like Magic

In order for Tongkat Ali to work, you must consume at least 1000 mg per day, at an extract strength of at least 1:50.
If you’re consuming Tongkat Ali at an extract strength of 1:200 (which is what I do), the recommended dosage is at least 600 mg per day.

25 mg to 200 mg per day will have no effect on you.

Also Tongkat Ali extract is not a supplement you take on a daily basis. For maximum effect, it has to be ‘cycled’. The way to consume it is to take Tongkat Ali for 7 days, and then going on a ‘off cycle’ for 4 days without taking it. You can also go on a 10 days ‘on’ cycle and 5 days ‘off’ cycle.

Which Tongkat Ali Extract brand is the Best

Personally I do not skimp on my nutritional supplements; I almost always goes for the best (especially where my manhood is concerned!). But ‘best’ usually comes at a premium price and this is especially so for supplements like Tongkat Ali Extract where it takes a lot of raw ingredients (the roots) to produce a tiny bit of extract.

SD-200 Tongkat Ali Extract is my brand of choice and is what I have been taking for the past 3 years. This is a 1:200 extract so its premium price but an excellent, excellent product and well worth the ongoing investment.

I have also heard good things about Indonesia Tongkat Ali so you may want to check that out as well.

144 thoughts on “What You Must Know Before Buying or Using Tongkat Ali Extract… (or else it won’t work.)

  1. I HAD PROSTRATE CANCER IN 2008-2009 I HAVE BEEN CANCER FREE SINCE JUNE 2009 MY TREATMENT WAS RADIATION AND HORMONE INJECTION WHICH TOOK MT TESTERONE LEVEL TO 50. WITH THIS HISTORY OF CANCER WOULD IT BE SAFE TO TAKE
    TONGKAT ALI ROOT EXTRACT
    SINCERELY,
    MELVVYN SHWARTZ

    • Hello Melvvyn, I am sorry to hear about your situation. In such instances, it is best to check in with your doctor. Existing research does indicates that cancer cells within the prostate region do thrive on the existence of testosterone and DHT. So it is best to avoid Tongkat Ali. That said, do have a talk with your doctor as your situation is unique. Thank you for the interest.

  2. Im 20 years old and am training myself to be a sexual guru (not a joke), Im trying to teach some of the men, who follow my advice, how to achieve a vaginal orgasm with the thier mates. Now there are certain requirements of the human anatomy that are needed for this act and though i may meet these requirements, some of my followers are lacking a little. I’ve read books and scientific articles that claim that tongkat ali can promote width in the male anatomy and I want to know if you start taking this extract and results do accure, do you have to continue take it to sustain the results.

    • Hello Trey, what you’re doing is very interesting. Unfortunately I have not paid any attention to the width of my manhood before and after Tongkat Ali. That said, I certainly experience much stronger erection which will result in an increase in size. Hope this helps.

    • Ive been taking ALI for two months and I have gained a longer and thicker erection and even lost a few pounds, its great. where have you been hiding this stuff.

  3. Hi. Interesting & informative to read all the info you have taken the time & trouble to prepare. Thank you. My first question is; where can I purchase tongkat ali 1:200 extract? Secondly; I’d like to hear your thoughts on the use of some of the other substances in conjunction with tongkat ali, such as yohimbe, damiana, muira puama, catauba, horny goat weed, tribulus, ginkgo biloba, l-arginine,& finally, Korean& Siberian ginseng. Oh, & I almost forgot, maca. Would be extremely grateful for your comments, because , like you, I don’t want to be popping scores of pills without some honest & unbiased opinions as to the effectiveness/benefit s of doing so. Thanks again, Ross

    • Hello Ross, there certainly isn’t any issue with mixing herbs together. What however is a problem is, when herbs are mixed together into a capsule of say 400 mg, the amount for each herb is too little to have any effects. So I highly recommend you look for a supplement that has Tongkat Ali Extract only.

      I personally use http://www.sd-200.com I have heard good things about http://www.indonesiatongkatali.com as well. Hope this helps.

  4. Hi, where do I buy: premium Indonesian Tongkat Ali 1:50 or 1:100 Extract from? (without high heavy metals content)?

    Thank You,

    Johnnie Mosley

  5. Hi,

    I ve been taking Tongkat Ali Root Extract forfour days,
    no noticeable effects has happened. Iam taking a product
    of extract 1:200 and 300 mg on each capsule. Do you think
    it willwork?

    • Hello Walter, I strongly encourage you to keep taking. For some people, the effect is apparent almost immediately. But for the majority of us, it takes several cycles. Don;t give up on it. Its a potent herb. Hope this helps.

  6. I am a 70 year old male in general good health, but I have just been diagnosed with BPH and put on Flomax. My Testosterone is very low, (below the Reference Range)
    I would like to raise it at least to mid range, can I safley do this using Tonghat Ali Ext. with BPH?
    Please advise
    Al

  7. Do you know the proper diet for the best results. I have heard you shouldn’t have cards, soy, garlic or broccoli on days you are taking it. Also what is the best way to “cycle when first beginning if you take the 1/200 extract.

    Thanks!

  8. I take Long Jack 200. It states TongkatAli (Eurycoma longifolia jack) (root/rhizome extract) (100: 1) 200 mg. Says to take 2 capsules daily. Is this gonna work for me or is it a waist of my time?

    • Tongkat Ali taken in the correct dosage and extract strength certainly works. That said, I have no experience with the brand you mention, so I cannot give you any affirmation on that. Hope this helps Ed.

  9. if i use tongkat ali will it help me in my running, i run 70 – 80 miles aweek in my training, and get very tried some days, if it will help can you tell me how, thank you regards tony.

    • Hello Tony, there’s a good chance it will help. A lot of tongkat ali testimonials I read on //www.sd-200.com/stories.html (the brand I personally use) and other websites mention and big increase in energy. I can’t tell you why for sure but a good reason is the increase in testosterone level in our body. I suggest you giving tongkat ali a try and then share your results with all of us.

  10. Hi there my friend, i have been taking tongkat ali for around 3 months and did not know you had to cycle it, i bought my tongkat ali from a website, do you know if they sell the real deal of tongkat ali? I did have a massive sexual enhancement after the first 2 weeks but then if died down, probably because i didn’t cycle it like you say. I have stopped taking the tongkat ali now and its been about 2 weeks, how long should I weight until i start a new cycle for it to be effective again cheers Ross

    • Hello there, cycling tongkat ali is pretty important. I personally use a 7 days on-cycle follow by a 3 days off-cycle. You can vary this. As a general rule of thumb, the ‘off-cycle’ is half of the ‘on-cycle’. Hope this helps.

  11. In November 2009 I had TURP a Prostate operation and since then I am not able to perform.
    Do you think TONGKAT ALI will be safe to use and if it is then how to order it.
    As you have indicated , I would like INDONESIA product with a STRENGH OF 1:200.
    Thanks and look forward for your early response.

  12. I have used sd-200 and taken their Tongkat Ali extract for about 5 months (8 days on, 4 days off). If you are going for muscle growth, I would say over time, I do feel that it has increased my muscle mass. I am 42 years old, so not quite the young whipper snapper anymore, and maintaining a slim waistline and muscle mass has been getting more and more difficult. I can’t say that it’s been super dramatic improvement, as if I were taking steroids, but I have definitely noticed putting on muscle a little easier than before. Plus, I have started breaking out with some mild acne, which hasn’t happened in years. I’m taking that as a sign of increased testosterone levels.

  13. You discussed the ideal amount to take for maximum effect but my question is when is it best to take? Meaning is it best to take on an empty stomach or shortly after or before eating?

  14. Been taking 6ea, sd-200’s per day for one five day cycle. How many cycles did it take for you to feel its benefits?

  15. My husband has had low testosterone levels for the last 5 years but has been clinically diagnosed through blood tests the last 2 years. He has and is being seen by an endocrinologist. He gets injections every 14 days of the synthetic testosterone. He only seems to be back to his normal self about 4 days before the next injection. He’s up and down with fatigue, energy, headaches and sex drive. Maybe twice a month he’s able to be how he wants to be with energy and sexually. For him it’s frustrating and sad for me to see him struggle. More importantly we are extremely nervous about the long terms side effects since the synthetic treatment has long term bad effects and it hasn’t totally improved his quality of life. Is it possible to replace the synthetic with this herb and get his hormone levels stable and up to what the synthetic hormone is suppose to do? Is there a formula for the dose he takes for the injection with a dose he would need for the herbal supplement? Were can we get the herb in the form and dose that would help. Thanks!!

  16. Hi, I was wondering if this supplements would work on women. If not, would you know of any other herbal supplement recommended for women that will produce the same or similar aphrodisiac effects?

  17. I take tonkat ali purchased from barlowes herbals.It works,has to be cycled on and off as well accompanied by nettles extract.Monatomic gold is the ultimate sexual enhancer.but why not use them all.check out my website.

  18. I TAKE THE SD-200 PRODUCT YOU TAKE ALSO AE-3 CAPSULES—-HOW IS BEST WAY TO TAKE THEM (TOGETHER-CYCLE–BEFORE*AFTER MEALS-BEDTIME*MORNING)

  19. Why can’t women use this to enhance their libido, especially if they are post menopausal? We can be low in testosterone too, which is usually why our libido is low.

  20. How will tongkat interact with any other medication I am currently on, for instance I been diagnois with HIV but the blood work for the past several years doesn’t detect it in my system.I eventually weened myself off my blood pressure medication I now have it under control but I still take my HIV meds even though its not detected in my blood.Will taking tongkat have any adverse effect on me

  21. There is a wide range of prices out there on the web for TA. That alone rings a red flag. I’ve seen $120 @ bottle (qty 100) of 1:50 to as low as $30. You get what you pay for but this appears ridiculous. The wide range concerns me. Are the $120 @ bottle being taken or the $30 @ bottle buying crap. Any opinions on this price vs quality?

  22. I ordered a bottle from sd-200, I would like to know does it make your heart race faster. an can you take it on a empty stomach. or should you eat something.

  23. My father is 72 years old and stage three Melanoma, His Testosteron levels are very low and his energy level is low, as is his moral. My question is can Tongkat Ali be harmful to him?

  24. I just watched a show showing this supplement as an energy booster for women. The theory that in menopause a womens testosterone level goes down and so does libido.
    I see that you did not mention women.
    Any thoughts?

  25. Hi There,
    I was watching a segment on the Dr. Oz show December 28, 2011 and he said Testosterone levels in women should be between 8-48
    He mentioned Tongkat Ali as a supplement that woman should take if their levels are low.
    Based on that, would you suggest 1:200 (600 mg. a day) for a woman to take on a 7 day on, 3 day off cycle ?

  26. You stated that t-a is just for men but i just watched a talk show that said women could use it too for overall bodily pain i.e fibromyalgia.

  27. I just read that this herb is energy lifting for both male and female, it raises your supply of the energizing hormone testosterone and reduces the levels of the fatigue-causing stress hormone cortisol, stating to consume 50-100 mg. daily? can you please help me I am woman thanks Kim

  28. will tongkat help with nervous system from the brain because I had a brain operation and a nerve was cut because of a tumor

  29. I have tried LJ100 in the past and did’nt notice anything,I’m 51 and work out 5 days a week for 28 years now,My testosterone is 280 total, I’m hoping to find a supplement that will increase my strength and my libido as well,I have also tried tribulus,and nothing noticed either,I would really appreciate your help,Joe

  30. Thank You for all the information. My question is—–does the tongkat ali root extract raise a mans Blood Pressure, like yohimbe, korean red genseng, ect. ect. Thank you in advance for your response!

  31. Hi there i ordered this not knowing it was just for men….is there not a product for women
    how do i return this product…..and why is this always something for the man…what about
    us girls….:)

  32. i had triple bypass surgery several years back, i have also been haveing touble getting an erection, i think it is due to poor circulation due to heart desiese, will it be safe for me to take tongkat ali extract n will it work with poor circulation

  33. Hello;

    I’ve been reading about Tongkat Ali, and it seems that you offer the only true top quality product. I suffer from hypothyroidism, a sluggish thyroid and as a result I have testosterone levels of 250. I have considered taking injections but for obvious reasons I would prefer to handle my low T naturally using Tongkat, and other natural libido boosting supplements.

    Here’s my question, will Tongkat be effective for me with a sluggish thyroid, and is there a danger of over stimulating the already tired thyroid? I’m desperate to get running right, but I don’t want to over stress the thyroid. I know you’re not a doctor, but I imagine you have a good understanding of how Tongkat works in the body.

    Thanks for your insight.

    Thom

  34. Hi,
    I’m living in India. I would like to know whether one can take Tongkat Ali with the history of
    High Blood pressure, mild Hypo Hypothyroidism and border level Cholesterol on higher side?
    would you please advise?
    Regards,
    Karan Patel

  35. Hi, I have read an article on how Tongkat Ali can help eliviate migraines. I suffer on an almost daily basis. Can you tell me if this is true
    Thankyou.

  36. Does Tongkat Ali effect Blood Pressure? I am a heart by-pass person, but an EX pro athlete, I cannot have any side effects, except for the desired results. Bottom line is it safe for me to try this?

    Answer appreciated!

  37. Hello. One of the directives I made note of in consuming Long jack is not to take it with “DHT” blocking supplemens for Long Jack needs dht to work; so if dht causes hair thinning, I don’t think it would be a good to take Long Jack. I’m vesry interested in knowing the truth of the matter. Wiliam Holden, Jr

  38. I have been looking into taking Tongkat Ali, but before that i was looking into Yohimbe. I read somewhere that you can stack the 2 together for insane results and growth, is that true? HELP PLEASE! Thanks

  39. After attempts to order on line, I found your website didn’t have an alternate contact point.

    How can I order by check or phone you to order?

  40. the pituitary link you suggested for Jeramy on 10/2010 no longer existists. I also have a pituitary tumor and would like some research info. thank you.

  41. Lcw
    All the testimony i read about tongkat ali i want to try it. your information on what to look for as far as where it comes from how it’s made is excellent thank you for that. The only problem i have is i don’t have a credit card. So my question is where can i buy it cash and carry. I tryed places like gnc,cvs,walgreens,osco, no luck i even went to china town and checked with some of the local herb shops no luck.
    Please help and thank you .

  42. I have purchased tonkat ali from Earthrise Foods. They advertised that it was 1:200 extract pure extract and it also states that on the invoice. The package that it comes in reads “Indonesian Tonkat Ali 200:1 Root Extract. It also states that it is “Guaranteed Indonesian Mature Root Extract at a ratio of 200 to 1. Would you know if Earthrise Foods is a reputable dealer and if the ratio is the same as what they advertise. Thanks.

  43. Hello everyone, I find it interesting that many people are asking about the use of Tongkat ali with cancer. There was some research supporting that tongkat ali inhibits cancer although the cancers mentioned were breast cancer and lung cancer. There is not a lot of clinical studies but the ones that have been done show that it reduces the rate of cancer which does not meant it cures cancer or that it is safe or unsafe to use if you have cancer. The best thing is to take all of the information that you can gather on the internet of the studies done and take them to your physician. I have been a registered nurse for over 10 years and find that most physicians do not know much about natural medicines but will be intereted enough to look at the evidence and give a good opinion.
    For those wishing to purchase the product as there are many fake sites selling it, you can go to testingtongkatali.com for information on many of the different sites selling it. One of the recommended sites is premium-tongkat-cheap.com which sells the Indonesian tongkat ali at a more reasonable price.

  44. What other benefits are there to this Tonkat ali extract as these results seem very superficial eg dick size increase, Sex drive increase, I can get these flogging off to penthouse each day, (a slow increase each day).
    Really what are the best benefits of this product, is it really worth all the hype or just another magic bullet?

  45. Does Tonkat Ali root work or not??
    – results here by LCW on oct 4.2010 say “I cannot vouch that it works” then two minutes latter in another reply says “I personally use it and it has worked and continue to work very well for me”.

    What’s the true story here ! This site seems questionable and I’ll be sending an email of complaint.

  46. I love these websites. They are great for figuring out which brands not to buy. In this case sd-200. The discerning customer will never fall for it and will be sure to spread the word.

  47. By taking TA,will it increase the size of the testicles? Can i buy this TA at any GNC stores? If not GNC maybe ill try that site you mention….Thanks.

  48. Hello, I am taking Syntheroid to boost my T levels, it seems be working, my question is; can I take this as well and will it have an adverse affect?

  49. Does this extract only help build girth or could it help with length also im just concerned with using product till i get all fact thanks for a quick response

  50. I was wondering if this would be helpful for young males going through something like Irritable Male Syndrome. I heard it may help. What are your thoughts? Thank you,

  51. does Tongkat Ali Work if your in your twentys
    I just started using it today I’m 23
    how long will it take to work for me

    I’m also taking Ginko Biloba Can i take this at the same time

  52. I bought tonghat ali ( nu-prep) 100.It’s capsule contains 100mg.The dorsage was ;2 capsules a day after breakfast or lunch.Two weeks have gone and still no sign at all.Will this prescribe dorsage works ?
    reply.

  53. hello
    My question is….first off i have very low T so my va doctor started me on testostrone shots(replacement therapy) once a month but for 7 months it barely moved up at all. so he is increasing the dosage per month. I was advised to use androgel by my family physician so I am using both to try and boost my T levels.
    I recently so and ad saying that tongkat ali extract mixed with ginseng and proper diet can boost T levels naturally. WIth my T level so low i have no energy to workout and ive gained alot of belly fat and wieght because of the cortisol released in my body which testostrone keeps down. I will ask my doctor as well but If i try this T Ali and ginseng should i stop the replacement therapy which seems not to be working anyway or stay with the shots and gel and add this supplement to my daily routine??? and is triple ginseng root better than just siberian or korean ginseng?? if you know the answer to the ginseng question then let me know please. Im just trying to find the right combo of herbs to help with this process. I am deperately in need of testostrone boost. And the site you have been linking on here for tongkat ali….is that the best place to find it or can i go to my local GNC or herb store??
    -Billy

  54. Now a senior and have lived a good life, tried a few things of this nature but the only truth you posted is for those with illness to see their doctor’s first, good advise but all the rest and this product is pure crap and just puts money in pockets of those who belong in jail for stealing, lying and much worse since all and everything in this pil can kill a person…next is are you a doctor of some knd as it is not a good thing to hand out advise just to make money and is the only thing you are doing here….many reasons the FDA does not back this and others of this nature so why don’t you end your crap and stop lying to get rich off others……..

  55. I need to know if there is a Tongkat Ali extract in a vegicap or pill form without animal gelatin? Or if there is a bulk form where I can fill my own vegicaps?

    Thanks for your help.

  56. I am an old guy and I have been taking TA for a few years now. I take 200:1 and it works well. I also take tribulis and citrulline malate which increases nitric oxide… this opens an entirely new subject, but increasing your nitric oxide is very important. There are lots of info sites about this and books about it on Amazon

  57. You mentioned one must take 1000mg per day in order for it to work. If you’re consuming Tongkat Ali at an extract strength of 1:200, how many pills must you take per day for a cycle of 7 days on 4 days off? How many mg is in one pill at an extract strength of 1:200?

  58. All of the comments I read are from men. Is this product safe for women and if so, is it as effective? Many women lose all estrogen and progesterone after menopause, which also leaves us tired and unenthusiastic.

  59. im a 2 years married man and still don’t have a baby do you think tongkat ali help me to have a baby.please advised me!!!!!!!!!

  60. I was looking for a natural supplement to build more testosterone for wrestling so I tried this. I’m 17 is this product (longjack) safe for me to take? I’m taking half the dosage and I’m not really feeling anything.

  61. Well I just ordered it, I will be back to let y’all know if I’m “drawing maps of Hawaii” on my wife more often! Keep your fingers crossed peace n luv peace n luv

  62. I would like to start using Tongkat Ali but I don’t know where to find it here in Bahrain can you advice ?

  63. hello i interesting in this product but first i would to know if is safe to use for those people that have diabetes too, will that work for them too thanks

  64. I just started taking Indonesia Tongkat Ali. But i have been reading that it is not good to take if taking the medication Finasteride which is generic Propecia for hair loss. Do you know anything about this. is it harmful or just not as affective if taking both toghether. if im harming myself or wasting my money obviously i will stop taking tongkat ali.

  65. I need help. I am 55 yrs old and has this erectile dyfunction for many years
    it means , I only can ejectulate sperm through masturbation.
    not only that, my penis is not hard and cant get erected. it is always pointing at 6pm
    my girlfriends reasons of leaving me is-my penis is not normal as a man

    does tongkat ali help me????if so what exact contend recommended to me
    and where can i purchased it

  66. is it safe to take 800mg a day? i have the kind you bought and each capsule is 400mg. your recommended at least 600mg

  67. Hi, I just started taking SD-200, Iam on day 4 taking 2 caps a day. I have high blood pressure. should I have any worries? thanks.

  68. Hi, I’m 83 years old. Generally in very good Health, but I need something to boost my sex drive. I’m thinking off this product at the 1:200 range. What do you think?

  69. a friend gave some Natural Herbs Coffee (kpoi jantan tradisional) try and it worked very well for me I am a 52yr old male I would like to know where can I buy this product in the Dallas, Tx area

  70. Hi i have been sent tongkat Ali 3000 mg capsules ingredients tongkat Ali extract .microcrystalline cellulose magnesium stearate lron oxide gelatin it says take to a day is this right or is it a to big dosage to use hope you can help me with this s.a.p thankyou tim

  71. I am 60 years old and 7 months ago I started working out at the local gym,\. Im there 4 days a week doing mostly free weights. Used a personal trainer for 4 weeks just to get back into strength training. Will using Tomkat ali allow some one my age to start building some muscle mass? thanks steve :Leamy

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