Tongkat Ali has been used for medicinal purposes for many centuries. Malaysian doctors are believed to have made the most significant advances in the use of the herbal medicine. Prior to the severe deforestation of many Southeast Asian countries, the Tongkat Ali or Eurycoma Longifolia trees were abundant throughout the region.
As the proper herbal remedy requires the use of roots from mature 20-30 year-old trees, the region’s supply of the trees has been devastated by the deforestation. For many years Malaysia was the main provider of the tree roots. When the Malaysian government determined to protect the Eurycoma Longifolia, Indonesia became the primary provider of the treasured roots.
As western cultures became enthused by the increased testosterone levels generated by Tongkat Ali extract, the marketplace has expanded. The demand for the tree roots has increased tremendously, straining the Indonesian supply.
Manufacturers have begun to seek new areas where the mature ten-foot trees with the large clusters of flowers and evergreen foliage can be found. Meanwhile, there is great interest in the restoration of the supply chain from Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand to fill the demand of the emerging market.
Today’s manufacturers have had to develop more economic packaging and delivery systems. Now, Tongkat Ali products are shipped around the world. The products are available in capsules, tablet and liquid form. Some manufacturers have adopted the use of alcohol as a preservative for the alternative medicine preparation.
The development and manufacturing process has remained remarkably consistent. In the ideal scenario, the mature Eurycoma Longifolia tree is located and the roots are dug by hand. Typically, the roots are two meters long. This is tedious, difficult work.
Once collected the roots are cleaned, they are boiled for about 24 hours. After boiling, the water is filtered. The water is then cooked for 48 hours at about 50 degrees centigrade or until a thick sap emerges. Once the consistency of the sap is satisfactory, it is placed in an oven at 40 degrees centigrade until a solid, hard crust forms. The crust is then ground into powder form. This is now the most common procedure for the manufacture of the medicine.
Once the powder is formed, it is either capsulated or shaped into tablet form. While the capsules are digested directly, the tablets are often diluted with coffee or tea. Without dilution, the extract has a memorably bitter taste.
As with other water-based alternative medicines, then process is not technology based. Certainly, the original developers of the medicine did not have that advantage. It is important that the solvent be strictly water without any other supplements. This formula is as reliable as the Tongkat Ali root’s ability to generate improved overall health, energy and testosterone.