- Eurycoma longifolia, also known as Long Jack is a tall, slender evergreen shrub-tree commonly found in Southeast Asia.
- Malaysian men claim that tea made from this plant improves their sexual abilities and virility. As a result, this plant is in such high demand that it is now considered a “protected” species.
The root and bark of Eurycoma longifolia are used for:
- Treating erectile dysfunction (ED)
- Increasing interest in sex
- Male infertility
- Boosting athletic performance
- Body building
- Reducing body fat.
- High blood pressure
- Bone pain
- The root of Eurycoma longifolia contains several chemicals that have different effects in the body.
- Some of the chemicals seem to affect how the body produces the hormone [testosterone]]. Research in animals and humans suggests it might increase testosterone in the body.
- Insomnia, anxiety, and restlessness have been reported.
- Do not use tongkat ali if you have breast cancer or prostate cancer, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, or sleep apnea, as tongkat ali increases testosterone levels.
- Do not use if you have a weakened immune system or if you’re taking immunosuppressant drugs.
- As with other supplements, tongkat ali hasn’t been tested for safety in pregnant women, nursing mothers, children, and those with medical conditions or who are taking medications.
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Source: WebMD, “Eurycoma Longifolia” , www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/