After you figure out how to pronounce the name, you’ll learn that Tongkat Ali, sometimes known as Eurycoma, is a plant native to parts of Southeast Asia.
As it goes with many plants, this one is a feature in many systems of folk medicine, where it used as an aphrodisiac and to treat a range of common ailments.
Recent probing into the plant suggests it might have an effect on stress hormones, which has brought the nootropics community a-knocking in full force.
What is Tongkat Ali?
Tongkat Ali is a plant with a wide range of supposed health benefits.
In traditional medicine, practitioners boil the roots to create an “anti-aging” cure-all that can combat various maladies. Modern-day supplements market it as a way to improve energy levels, athletic performance, weight loss, and libido, among other things.
As far a research goes, however, the only benefit that has been tested with any rigor is the ability of Tongkat Ali to reduce stress hormones and related symptoms.
In this regard, there is some promise. There might also be some reason to believe that the plant can help counteract male infertility, though more research will be required for a more definitive answer.
As for the other myriad claims?
Not much data exists to back them up, but the anecdotal reports are all there saying that Tongkat Ali can do everything from keeping you calm in a crisis to giving you the most powerful erection you’ve had in your life. Take these with a grain of salt, obviously.
You can obtain Tongkat Ali online from various sources, and it comes in capsule and powder forms. Using the raw root is possible, but difficult to obtain and much more hassle than its worth.
This is much in line with many other herbal supplements, and the outrageous claims associated with it are par for the course.
Still, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to it at all, and if the current research behind Tongkat Ali holds true, then at the least, its poised to take its place in the hall of “plants that can help you take it easy.”