Malaysian Tongkat Ali Eurycoma longifolia var. Jack or commonly known as Tongkat Ali is a traditional herb known for its energizing properties. While it has been touted as a potent libido-enhancer, it is used traditionally to remedy a host of maladies such as fever, bleeding gums and ulcer, and used as tonic and drink for energy and an ingredient in post partum concoctions. It is also a popular food ingredient that is available in the form of drinks (coffee and tea) and as confectionery (chocolate & candy). Although bitter, its characteristic taste adds body to conventional food and has even been infused with red wine. Truly a Malaysian treasure, a visit to Malaysia is incomplete without a taste of Tongkat Ali.
While Tongkat Ali is endemic to the South East Asia region, the Malaysian Tongkat Ali by Biotropics is unique in that it is ethically collected through a working framework with the Indigenous Tribes (Orang Asli) and boasts the natural environmental profile of the Malaysian rainforest.
In safeguarding the Malaysian biodiversity, the export of processed natural resources are heavily regulated through Custom (Prohibition of Exports) Order 2012 and Malaysian Quaratine and Inspection Services Act (Act 728); banning the exports of raw Tongkat Ali roots. This is supported by the National Herbal Development Council (Majlis Pembangunan Herba Negara, MPHN) which was passed by the Cabinet in 2011 through the Economic Transformation Program saying that it is to ensure Malaysia’s natural resource is protected and not exploited.
While the sales of raw roots are still available in the overseas market, its authenticity and legality are questionable and it would be best to source processed Tongkat Ali i.e. extracts, Physta®, etc from reputable establishments.