Tongkat Ali extract side effects, risks,
dosage, benefit as aphrodisiac and review
LJ100 extract, Indonesia or Malaysia source.
How to use this potent herbal sexual enhancer safely with the fewest adverse effects, 50 to 1, 100 to 1 and 200 to 1 extract
March 7 2014
Tongkat ali root works well as an aphrodisiac in a man and a woman. Some websites promote high dosages which will cause unpleasant and serious adverse effects. We trust the formulas and dosages made available by Dr. Ray Sahelian, M.D and suggest you review his informed and honest viewpoints regarding tongkat ali herb which answer questions such as whether it is better to purchase Indonesian or Malaysia products, and what extract potencies are most effective. As with many aphrodisiac herbs, it is better to use lower amounts and proceed with a slower sexual enhancement over several days or a week or two, as opposed to jolting the body with a high dose leading to increased body temperature, restlessness and aggressiveness, insomnia, perhaps even rapid heart rate or an irregular heart rhythm.
Extracts or whole powder, which is better?
Herbs are available as the regular powder where the root is just crushed and pulverized, and also in various extract potencies where the active ingredients are more concentrated. There is a misconception that if an extract is 10:1 that means it is 10 times as potent, or if it is 100:1 then it is 100 times more potent, but that is not the case. When an herb is concentrated, sometimes some of the other active ingredients are removed since the manufacturers focus on a particular substance within an herb rather than the full range of potential beneficial ingredients. Many people find plain tongkat ali 200 mg regular powder to be a good dose. As to LJ100, high doses, such as over 25 mg, may work quicker, but they cause unpleasant reactions.
Tongkat Ali powder 200 mg in each capsule
Buy LJ100 extract 25 mg per capsule
You have several options. One product is plain Tongkat ali root powder 200 mg in each capsule; another option is LJ100, a high potency extract available at 25 mg per capsule. We believe this herb works better when combined, in small amounts, with other aphrodisiac herbs. We suggest an effective and popular sexual enhancement formula called Passion Rx developed by a medical doctor. Passion Rx is a highly popular sexual enhancing product called which works very well to enhance sexual pleasure and performance in men and women. It is a best seller with a high reorder rate. It is one of the best selling herbal aphrodisiac products on the market. Why? Because it works.
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What is the
difference in strength or potency between tongkat ali powder 200 mg and
LJ100 25 mg extract?
Which one is more potent?
It's difficult to say. Some people prefer the former while we have feedback for just the opposite, others preferring the latter. The only way to know which one works better for you is by trial and error.
Tongkat Ali side effects, danger, risk, adverse events,
how safe is it?
When used in high dosages, side effects occur which include increased body temperature, restlessness, irritability, and insomnia. Lack of quality sleep can reduce sex drive. Many people notice enhanced energy which could be felt as excessive and at bedtime could cause sleep problems. Some people may notice symptoms of anxiety. When you buy a LJ100 supplement, keep this in mind and initially start with a dose no more than 25 mg. A full capsule of LJ100 should not be taken on the same day as Passion Rx or other sex pill products and natural aphrodisiacs such as catuaba, muira puama, ashwagandha, avena sativa, horny goat weed supplement with icariin, since there could be overstimulation and restlessness. They can be combined when a fraction of the regular dose of each is used as is often found in natural herbal sex formulas. Additional natural aphrodisiacs include mucuna pruriens herb as a source of l dopa and dopamine increase and muira puama which is often combined with catuaba for enhanced sexual prowess and pleasure. Drink plenty of cool water if you notice your body temperature warmer.
Those who have heart failure or heart rhythm problems should be cautious and use small amounts since this herb increases heart rate.
have been taking tongkat ali for a few months now,
2 capsules of a 50:1 extract, 400 mg a day. They are the ones from Indonesia, sumatra pasi bumi.
Lately at night my heart has been speeding up and I have been really nervous for
This herb is potent and can stimulate an increase heart rate. If this occurs one needs to reduce the dose and take it less frequently. Long term studies are not available to determine its effect on heart tissue or heart disease if misused or overdosed for prolonged periods. Perhaps heart rhythm abnormalities could occur.
I would like to know if it interferes with
heart medications or is safe for someone with
heart disease. I also have
hypertension but it is
mild and I do not use blood pressure medications.
This root, in high doses, can increase heart rate, and in very high doses could cause heart rhythm problems. This would not be a major problem in those who have normal hearts since the effects are temporary, but in those who have heart disease, unexpected complications could occur. Hence, we don't suggest you buy tongkat ali if you have a heart condition. Those with mild hypertension can use this product.
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Eurycoma longifolia jack is a small tree found in the jungles throughout Indonesia, Malaysia and Southeast Asia. It is commonly known as Tongkat Ali in Malaysia and Singapore, Piak or Tung Saw in Thailand, and Pasak Bumi in Indonesia. This root is available as a supplement in various extract potencies. It is not possible to determine which extract potency will work for you unless you try it. There are many websites that have incomplete or incorrect information regarding this herb, especially as to which country is a better source. Both Malaysia and Indonesia have good trees. Be skeptical of web sites that try to sell their product claiming theirs is the best.
About LJ100 and other trademarked products
LJ100 is a concentrated extract of the tongkat ali root. It contains Eurycoma Longifolia, standardized to 40% Glycosaponins and 22% Eurypeptides.
Q. Various companies, such as New Life, SD-200, Life
Vigor, etc, indicate that an individual should take anywhere from 100mg to
1200 mg of Tongkat ali extract. This is a very large disparity from the 25mg to
50mg max dosage that you recommend for the LJ100 product. Why is there such a
great difference between recommended dosage?
A. We have no idea what the other products contain or how accurate they are or how pure they are. We just know that the eurycoma products mentioned on this page and available for sale have a high rate of reorder and we stand by the dosages that each capsule contains.
Q. I would like your opinion on something I came across on the internet. "I avoid most of the other
products in the marketplace. Not because they are inferior but simply because
they are insufficient. One capsule of SD-200
contains 300 mg of extract. One capsule of Indonesian Tongkat Ali contains 400 mg
of extract. If you look at LJ 100, one capsule contains 25 mg.
I'm sorry but that amount just ain't going to cut it. Now, if you take 20 capsules at a time, it may work but it
just don't seem very practical and if you are to add up the cost, it is actually
more expensive than SD-200! I recommend Indonesian Tongkat Ali. Its less
expensive when you consider the total gram you are receiving."
A. There is dangerous misinformation on this topic on the internet by those who wish to promote their product, such as SD-200, at the expense of others. People can get serious side effects on very high dosages and it is better to enhance the sexual effects gradually than get these adverse reactions. Many people have followed the advice on other web sites and have regretted it. Promoters who try to make money criticizing other products are inherently not to be trusted. Also, it is important to find out whether they have a physical office in the United States or they operate from a mailbox or from overseas. Try the different products and find out for yourself.
Q. I was reading your website and It says to take the
capsules or power in single doses. I had bought SD-50 Eurycoma Longifolia Jack
extract strength 1:50. it says to take 3 capsules in the morning before food.
Would this be safe or is it too much?
A. SD-50 is a tongkat ali extract that we have not taken ourselves so we don't know how potent it is. If you are sensitive to herbal products, always take less than is advised on the label.
Benefit as an aphrodisiac
Over the past few years there have been quite a number of studies, mostly in animals, that have shown tongkat ali root to have libido-boosting properties.
Fertility and infertility, sperm health
The effect of Eurycoma longifolia on sperm quality of male rats.
Nat Prod Commun. 2009.
The present study investigated the effects of a standardized methanol extract of Eurycoma longifolia Jack containing the major quassinoid constituents of epoxyeurycomanone, eurycomanone, dihydroeurycomanone and eurycomanol on the epididymal spermatozoa profile of normal and Andrographis paniculata induced infertile rats. The low count, poor motility and abnormal morphology of the spermatozoa induced by the Andrographis paniculata fraction were significantly reversed by the standardized extract of E. longifolia. Testosterone level was significantly higher in the testes than in the plasma after 30 days of oral treatment with the standardized extract.
Menopause and hot flashes
We are not sure how this plant influences symptoms of menopause.
Influence on testosterone levels, body building
Will this product aid in building muscle mass or increase testosterone levels?
TA appears to boost testosterone levels, but it is not clear whether it does so consistently over time and even less is known whether taking TA helps with muscle growth. This herb has quite a number of side effects and if you plan to use it for this purpose, use very low amounts. We prefer using creatine monohydrate as a safe way to increase muscle mass.
Even if this herb helps make, or release, testosterone, would the effects continue over time? We do know that taking a tongkal ali supplement helps increase libido and genital sensation, along with orgasm strength. Are these due to testosterone release or due to other factors?
Standardised water-soluble extract of Eurycoma longifolia as
testosterone booster for managing men with late-onset hypogonadism? Wellmen
Clinic, Damai Service Hospital, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
In South-East Asia, Eurycoma longifolia Jack, also known as 'Malaysian ginseng' or Tongkat ali, is used to combat stress and disease and to improve physical strength. Patients suffering from late-onset hypogonadism (LOH) were given 200 mg of a standardised water-soluble extract of Tongkat ali for 1 month. Results show that treatment of LOH patients significantly improved the serum testosterone concentration.
Mechanism of action, how it works, how soon it starts
Recent studies indicate that the root contains several compounds including beta-carboline alkaloids and quassinoid-type glycosides, including eurycomaoside. How these compounds and many others influence hormonal release or the human sexual response is not clearly understood at this time but it appears, at least in rodent studies, that the administration of this herb increases testosterone output, at least initially.
How quickly does tongkat ali or LJ100 work? Can they be used the same day as the pharmaceutical drugs Viagra, Levitra and Cialis used for impotence treatment?
Herbs are not like drugs which work within hours. They take a few days before providing optimal results. You can take one capsule LJ100 in the morning every other day or 3 days a week. We suggest not taking Viagra the same day. Viagra can be taken on a day when you are not taking the herbal pills and it is better to use a smaller dose of Viagra than you normally do, for instance 50 mg instead of 100 mg. LJ100 and many other herbs have a delayed effect into the second and third day after taking a capsule.
Availability and dosage
Tongkat Ali is sold as a powder, in capsules, sometimes mixed with other herbs. There are a number of extracts available in various potencies, and since each company has a different way of extracting, and since there are no established standards, it is difficult to give dosage recommendations that would be consistently effective with few side effects. In addition to being available as a raw powder, it is sold in extracts as a 4:1, 5:1, 20:1 and a 100:1 concentration. At the higher concentrations it becomes difficult to dose appropriately since the margin of error in terms of effectiveness versus side effects becomes more challenging. There are companies that claim they have a 200 to or even a 400 to 1 extract. Many researchers who are experts on this topic doubt the integrity of these claims. They could be selling just a 2 to 1 or perhaps a 10 to 1 extract, mixing it with other herbs, but calling it 200 to 1. If the company you are buying from has an overseas address or no physical location in the US, be suspicious.
Although high dosages work quicker, they also can produce unpleasant side effects. Hence, we suggest starting at a lower amount, such as 200 mg of root powder, and to use this amount every other day or two days on, one or more days off. Use a lower amount if you live in a hot climate since this herb can raise body temperature.
Tolerance and habituation
The hormonal influence of tongkat ali, tribulus terrestris, and many other herbs, when used on a chronic basis, is not fully known since human studies are few, but tolerance and habituation are theoretically possible. We recommend people take breaks from the use of herbs. In most people, it only needs to be taken 2 or 3 days a week.
Interactions with vitamins, minerals and dietary
B vitamins in high amounts can cause excess energy but can be taken together with TA as long as the dosages are low.
Fish oils benefit the cardiovascular system, the neural system, and the visual system and can be combined with TA.
Use with over the counter hormone supplements
I am a 62 year old male bodybuilder (no steroids) and am currently taking 50mg DHEA per day and have done for a number of years. I eat a healthy diet and am considering also supplementing with tongkat Ali root powder 200 mg and pregnenolone. Can you advise me about a safe dosage regime for this combination?
DHEA, pregnenolone and the aphrodisiac herb are potent supplements and should be used with caution and not the same day. We do not suggest using more than 3 capsules a week of the herb and not the same day as the hormone pills.
Use with herbal products
Is it okay to take extracts of tongkat ali, ginkgo, maca root extract and ginseng the same day?
These herbs are potent, and they are fine to take together only in very small dosages, otherwise you are likely to get insomnia.
Use with prescription medications, blood pressure pills,
heart medications, and antidepressants
Is tongkat extract safe to take with antidepressant medications such as SSRIs? I have depression and erectile dysfunction and I think the SSRI drugs are causing impotence. I also have a mild case of arthritis for which I use glucosamine and chondroitin products.
It may not be safe to take along with SSRI medications such as Prozac or Paxil. It could cause rapid heart beat, increased body temperature, restlessness, or other side effects when combined with medicines that that have an influence on neurotransmitters. If your doctor approves, you may wish to skip your depression medication during the days that you take the sexual plant extract.
Penis enlargement, male enhancement
II read somewhere that tongkat ali causes penis size enlargement. What is the influence of this natural health supplement on penis size and growth?
it can help with improving penis blood flow, but it will not help your penis grow bigger than it would normally under maximal and ideal stimulation. In other words, this aphrodisiac plant can help your penis engorge to the maximum it would if you were stimulated, but it is not going to make your penis grow an inch or two. Certain herbs and combinations can help with dilation of blood vessels and give you the maximum enlargement that you were genetically born to achieve.
Review, the many versions of this product sold online and
in health foods stores
There are dozens of companies that sell eurycoma longifolia products. We have not done a review of the different supplements to see how effective they are. Some products have too high a dosage and if you do purchase them, use a portion of a capsule. You can purchase LJ100 extract sold online at Physician Formulas..
Review article in
J Diet Suppl. 2013. An evidence-based systematic review of tongkat ali (Eurycoma longifolia) by the Natural Standard Research Collaboration Natural Standard Research Collaboration, Somerville, MA, USA. An evidence-based systematic review by the Natural Standard Research Collaboration consolidates the safety and efficacy data available in the scientific literature using a validated, reproducible grading rationale. This article includes written and statistical analysis of clinical trials, plus a compilation of expert opinion, folkloric precedent, history, pharmacology, kinetics/dynamics, interactions, adverse effects, toxicology, and dosing.