Tongkat ali extract cheaters

I have now deviced an easy method on how to unmask the numerous tongkat ali scammers who sell root powder with a claim that it is extract of 1:50, 1:100, and 1:200 strength.

This does not require esoteric tests that measure active ingredients and run into thousands of US dollars at commercial labs.

We are now in the process of just testing the products of suspicious suppliers for cellulose content.

Obviously, root powder has a high content of cellulose, and extract of any strength does not.

Furthermore, in the case of white powders, we test for stearic acid [1] content.

Stearic acid is a fat that is not present at all in tongkat ali root.

Stay tuned for some revealing results. And possibly the involvement of some domestic trade government departments.


1 Stearic Acid, PubChem, Open Chemistry Database

Eurycomanone - Tongkat Ali's most active component

The scientific consensus is that most of the therapeutic effects of tongkat ali extract ought to be credited to the chemical component eurycomanone. [1] [2]

Eurycomanone is one of dozens of chemical components found in tongkat ali root. Most of these chemical components are similar to each other and classified as quassinoids.  [3] [4]

In Malaysia, where there is very little remaining tongkat ali in forests, it has been tried in a year-long university research program to grow tongkat ali under ideal lab conditions as tissue culture plantlets, with special interests in the yield of eurycomanone.

A slight increase was noted, as summarized in the study abstract:

"... the content of eurycomanone was found to be higher in dried roots of tissue culture plantlets (120.76 ppm/mg) compared with matured root of E. longifolia (101.26 ppm/mg)."

For those not familiar with chemistry lab measurements:

ppm = parts per million

It's a measurement like percent, as which it can easily be written:

101 ppm = 0.01 percent

100 000 - 10.1 ppm

10 000 - 1.01 ppm

1000 - 0.101 ppm

100 - 0.0101 ppm

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1 Muchsin Darise, Hiroshi Kohda, Kenji Mizutani, Osamu Tanaka Eurycomanone and eurycomanol, quassinoids from the roots of Eurycoma longifolia, Science Direct, Phytochemistry Volume 21, Issue 8, 1982, Pages 2091-2093

2 Pooi-Fong Wonga, Wei-Fun Cheongb, Meng-Hooi Shub, Chin-Hoe Tehc, Kit-Lam Chanc, Sazaly AbuBakar Eurycomanone suppresses expression of lung cancer cell tumor markers, prohibitin, annexin 1 and endoplasmic reticulum protein 28, Science Direct, Phytochemistry Volume 19, Issue 2, 15 January 2012, Pages 138144

3 Fiaschetti G1, Grotzer MA, Shalaby T, Castelletti D, Arcaro A. Quassinoids: From traditional drugs to new cancer therapeutics., Pub Med, 2011;18(3):316-28

4 Suratwadee Jiwajindaa, Vilai Santisopasrib, Akira Murakamic, Masanori Kawanakad, Hiromu Kawanakad, Monique Gasquete, Riad Eilase, Guy Balansarde, Hajime Ohigashif In vitro anti-tumor promoting and anti-parasitic activities of the quassinoids from Eurycoma longifolia, a medicinal plant in Southeast Asia, Science Direct, Journal of Ethnopharmacology Volume 82, Issue 1, 1 September 2002, Pages 5558

Better sex, more muscle

Better sex, more muscle... this is what tongkat ali can do for you. Provided you buy it from a legitimate source that doesn't sell you an outright fake or grossly under-dosed product.

To avoid being cheated by an online con artist selling fake tongkat ali extract, just do a Google search for: tongkat ali scam. You may also want to avoid a product that uses stearic acid or stearates. To be sure, just do a Google search: tongkat ali stearic.

And then, better take an Indonesian product, as a large number of Malaysian ones have been shown to be contaminated with mercury and other heavy metals. Again, just google: tongkat ali heavy metals

If you buy a Indonesian product, just make sure it is not connected to the indonesiaherbals scam that has been widely reported in Indonesian newspapers.

While men in Southeast Asia have traditionally been using tongkat ali to increase their virility, women in Southeast Asia have always relied on kacip fatima to keep pace with their men. On the other hand, women who want a stronger effect can also use tongkat ali, typically at half the male dosage.

Without doubt, in Southeast Asia love and sex are regarded as natural pleasure (for men and women) much more clearly, and more directly, than in Europe or North America. Here you still have matrilinear societies (such as the Minang on Sumatra), a kind of Islam (on Java) that encourages pre-marital love (though "officially" not pre-marital sex), societies where sexual relationships of older men and older women with much younger partners are socially accepted, and where sexual details until now are openly discussed in villages.

While both tongkat ali and kacip fatima both raise free testosterone, tongkat ali is the stronger of the two.

Men and women in Southeast Asia have long regarded it as an art and a science to improve their sexual function, or to bring it back to youthful levels when there has been an age-related decline.

Asians use many herbs for their sexual effects, and even herbs with rather distinct efficacies are traded openly. In Indonesia, for example, herbal mixtures such as "Galian Rapat" are sold at many cigarette booths. The name means "narrow cavity", or, more specifically, "narrow vagina", a condition considered conducive to sexual pleasure. A common ingredient is kacip fatima. [1] Other are sirih leaves. [2]

Whether the female primary sexual organ is in an optimal condition after the consumption of kacip fatima, and whether women experience heightened sexual pleasure by using the herbal (as they have done for hundreds of years) is a matter sufficiently important to the Malaysian government to finance interdisciplinary scientific research into kacip fatima. And the Malaysian government has a stake in the medical, pro-sexual use of tongkat ali for men as well.

As a long-term user of tongkat ali, I have considerable trust in Southeast Asian herbal medications. Even though kacip fatima is considered primarily a herb for women, and even though I am a man, I have tried it a few times and can attest to the herb's pro-libido effects. The effect of a few leaves, boiled as a tea, is a mixture of sympathetic and parasympathetic stimuli, with the parasympathetic effects being dominant. Among the parasympathetic effects are nasal sinus stimulation resulting in a stuffed nose, as I also feel it from dopaminergic medications, and yes, increased blood flow to the groin. The primary sympathetic effect is a slightly increased heart rate.


1 Lee Suan Chuaa, Norliza Abdul Latiffa, Sze Yean Leea, Chew Tin Leeb, Mohamad Roji Sarmidia, Ramlan Abdul Aziza, Flavonoids and phenolic acids from Labisia pumila (Kacip Fatimah), Science Direct, Food Chemistry Volume 127, Issue 3, 1 August 2011, Pages 11861192

2 Wahyu Widowati, Laura Wijaya, Teresa L. Wargasetia, Indra Bachtiar, Yelliantty Yelliantty, Dian R. Laksmitawati., Antioxidant, anticancer, and apoptosis-inducing effects of Piper extracts in HeLa cells, Journal of Experimental and Integrative Medicine, ISSN: 1309-4572 (Print), ISSN: 2146-3298 (Online)

Tongkat Ali and stearic acid

I write about stearic acid only because it is contained in some tongkat ali supplements, mostly those sold in so-called healthfood stores.

Refined stearic acid is a chemical substance typically derived industrially from low-quality animal fat.

What is low-quality animal fat?

You guessed it. Animal carcasses, fat refuse from factories that produce processed meats (mostly of pork origin).

You can read about stearic acids on the "Chemical of the day" site. To get there, do a Google search on:

Chemical of the day - stearic acid

You can also go to the page directly through this link:

This is not appetizing, is it?

But it gets worse.

Try a Google search on:

list of widely known dangerous ingredients in body & food products - stearic acid

If you are still not yet convinced that you should avoid tongkat ali products from sources that utilize stearic acid to extend shelve life or make their material easier to handle, consider this:

The industrial stearic acid is processed from animal fat. Many of the animals, the carcasses and internal organs of which are used in the stearic acid manufacture, have been exposed to chemical and / or hormonal contamination. A large number of these contaminants are endocrine disruptors in humans.

Contaminants [1] that are endocrine disruptors build up mostly in the fatty tissue of animals (see Wikipedia on endocrine disruptors).

Now remember that industrial stearic acid is manufactured from the fatty tissue of animal that were poisoned, or died of diseases, or the fatty tissue of discarded animal parts.

Consider also that often, the concentration of chemical contaminants is higher in the results of industrial processes than in the raw products used.

Fuck it!

Isn't it cynical that some manufacturers stretch tongkat ali, a testosterone-raising hormone modulator, with an industrial chemical that can be reasonably suspected to be a hormonal disruptor?


1 John F. McCarthy, John M. Zachara Subsurface transport of contaminants, Environmental Science and Technology, 1989, 23 (5), pp 496502

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