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Benefits of Tongkat Ali For Mood And Stress

By Reviewed by Tongkat Ali Published on March 20, 2018 Updated on October 8, 2018
Benefits of Tongkat Ali For Mood And Stress

Stuck in the traffic waiting to get into that important meeting? Counting the minutes’ tick as you get late? Well, as you wait for the traffic to get clear, your hypothalamus – a tiny control tower in your brain already sends out stress hormones. You might find some solace from the benefits of tongkat ali on mood and stress.

As the stress hormones fire, your heartbeat starts pounding, the breath quickens and then, the muscles get into action.

But what if the stress hormones keep firing day after day?

Many of us have experienced pain and we can’t figure out what we did to make it hurt. This unexplained phenomenon could be related to nothing other than stress. Too many times, medical practitioners want to find a physical cause for aches and pains, without looking deeper.

Physical pain can be caused by psychological or emotional factors, like stress and anxiety which alters our physiology. Therefore, stress can affect many parts of our body, including digestion, blood pressure, energy, sexual function, concentration, mood, headaches, sleep, etc. [1]Scott, S. B., Graham-Engeland, J. E., Engeland, C. G., Smyth, J. M., Almeida, D. M., Katz, M. J., …Sliwinski, M. J. (2015).The effects of stress on cognitive aging, physiology and emotion (ESCAPE) project. BMC Psychiatry, 15, 146. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12888-015-0497-7

There are two types of stress that your body can experience, short-term (acute) or long-term (chronic). Acute stress causes the muscles in the body to tighten up, but as soon as that stressor has passed, those muscles will relax again. This can be limited to one part of your body (neck spasm) or your entire body (fear). However, the mechanism in our body that is triggered by fear, is the same one that is triggered by anxiety and stress. Cortisol is a hormone often released during these events. It also normally increases when we wake up in the morning, with exercise, after eating, during pregnancy and possibly with sexual stimulation. [2]Endocrine Society Site. (2018). Hormones and health. What is Cortisol? Retrieved from https://www.hormone.org/hormones-and-health/hormones/cortisol When we feel stressed or anxious, our body releases cortisol. What happens though, if we have constantly (chronic) high levels of cortisol circulating in our body?

Stress and anxiety have been proven to increase circulating cortisol and when we are under constant stress, these cortisol levels remain high. [3]Hannibal, K. E., & Bishop, M. D. (2014). Chronic Stress, Cortisol Dysfunction, and Pain: A Psychoneuroendocrine Rationale for Stress Management in Pain Rehabilitation. Physical Therapy, 94(12), 1816–1825. http://doi.org/10.2522/ptj.20130597 Over time, this can cause fatigue, weight gain, high blood pressure, and pain. Continuously high levels of cortisol can cause physical changes to the muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, and joints in our body too. As a result of these changes, we experience weakening and decreased function. A weakening of any of the components that make up our body can lead to pain and/or injuries.

Stress starts to take a toll on your health and communicates with your brain that controls motivation, fear, and mood. [4]Jamil, S., Qadir, S., Ghulam, M., Khawaja, S., Nadeem, S., & Shahid, S. (2017). Stress: A Silent Threat to University Students. RADS Journal Of Pharmacy And Pharmaceutical Sciences, 5(1), 54-58. Retrieved from http://jpps.juw.edu.pk/index.php/jpps/article/view/12 Not only this, Cortisol- the primary stress hormone curbs the non-essential functions, alters the immune system responses and suppresses the reproductive system.

The stress-response of our body is usually quite self-limiting and once the perceived attack has passed the hormone level returns to normal. Also, as the cortisol levels go down, the blood pressure and heart rate return to base levels and resume their regular activities.

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But, when the stressors are always present in our body, you consequently feel under the fight-or-flight mode, and over-exposure to cortisol can lead to increased health problems.

If you are looking for a long-term and effective solution to relieve your stress hormones and for enhancing your psychological mood; forget all the fancy tea fads and read how Tongkat Ali health benefits come to the rescue.

The Benefits of Tongkat Ali For Mood And Stress

What Does Research Say?

Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma longifolia) is a flowering medicinal plant that is part of the family of plants called Simaroubaceae. Eurycoma longifolia is found in primary and secondary, evergreen and mixed deciduous forest in Burma, Indochina, Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra (Indonesia), Borneo and the Philippines. [5]Faisal, G. G., Alahmad, B. E., Mustafa, N. S., Najmuldeen, G. F., Althunibat, O., & Azzubaidi, M. S. (2013). Histopathological effects of Eurycoma longifolia jack extract (Tongkat Ali) on the prostate of rats. Journal of Asian Scientific Research, 3(8), 843-851. Retrieved from http://www.aessweb.com/pdf-files/jasr-3(8)-843-851.pdf It has aphrodisiac capabilities and is now in use for several other health benefits as well. The root of E. longifolia is used to extract a wide range of bioactive components of Tongkat Ali.

According to a recent study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma Longifolia) extract is used as a traditional remedy that is intended to reduce fatigue, relieve the stress hormones, and improves the psychological mood along with the overall well-being. [6]Talbott, S. M., Talbott, J. A., George, A., & Pugh, M. (2013). Effect of Tongkat Ali on stress hormones and psychological mood state in moderately stressed subjects. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 2013; 10: 28. DOI: 10.1186%2F1550-2783-10-28

During the study, they evaluate the effects of Tongkat Ali on psychological mood state under moderate stress objects for four weeks. The subjects first test the stress hormone and mood state. Then they take supplements. Half of the subjects were then supplemented with the hot water extract of Tongkat Ali extract, while the other half were given the dose of Placebo.

It was later found that there were significant improvements in the individuals taking Tongkat Ali supplementation exhibiting 11% less tension, 15% less confusion, and 12% less anger. Stress hormone profile was also improved with reduced cortisol exposure by 16%.

The study concluded that this remedy is an effective approach to shield the body from the damaging effects of modern and chronic stress, which may include general day-to-day stress, as well as the sleep and dieting stress.

How Tongkat Ali Works?

  1. longifolia is a shrub tree that grows up to 10 meters in height, with long leaves that are green in color. The leaves are pinnate in shape as the leaflets are arranged in pairs. The flowers of this tree are dioecious (have separate male and female plants), whereas its ovoid-shaped fruits will turn to dark brown color when they are ripe.

A wide range of chemical compounds has been isolated, especially from the root of E. longifolia, which include eurycomanone, eurycomanol, eurycomalactone, canthine-6-one alkaloid, 9-hydroxycanthin-6-one, 14,15!-dihydroxyklaineanone, phenolic components, tannins, quanissoids, and triterpenes. [7]Effendy, N. M., Mohamed, N., Muhammad, N., Mohamad, I. N., & Shuid, A. N. (2012). Review Article: Eurycoma longifolia: Medicinal Plant in the Prevention and Treatment of Male Osteoporosis due to Androgen Deficiency. (Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2012, Article ID 125761, 9 pages. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/125761 Quassinoids [8]Tung, N. H., Uto, T., Hai, N. T., Li, G., & Shoyama, Y. (2017). Quassinoids from the Root of Eurycoma longifolia and Their Antiproliferative Activity on Human Cancer Cell Lines. Pharmacognosy Magazine, 13(51), 459–462. http://doi.org/10.4103/pm.pm_353_16 form the major bioactive constituents in this plant and are mainly responsible for its bitter taste. [9]Abirame, S., Sivakumar, K., Chua, L. S., & Sarmidi, M. R. (2016). Preliminary studies on the extraction of Glycospanonins in Tongkat Ali extract. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, 36(1), 012062. DOI::10.1088/1755-1315/36/1/012062

Quassinoids are a group of compounds that can be extracted from plants like the E. longifolia.

They display a wide range of inhibitory effects, including anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, antimalarial and anti-proliferative effects on various tumor cell types. How they do this is not completely understood and further research is needed to determine this. This is what we do know about the health benefits of Tongkat Ali:

Tongkat Ali works in two phases:

  1. Within the first 30-60 minutes of Tongkat Ali dosage, you’ll feel mentally more energetic, and it starts affecting your neurotransmitters.
  2. After two weeks of consuming Tongkat Ali, it starts affecting your endocrine system by decreasing the level of stress hormones.

tongkat ali benefits for stress

Tongkat Ali is an adaptogen and it normalizes the physiology of your system regardless of the direction of change. Overall, it maintains the balance of your cortisol and testosterone levels to improve your well-being.

Other Benefits Of Tongkat Ali

Tongkat Ali contains the compounds 13-alpha epoxy eurycomanone (eurycomanone), that helps boost the testosterone in both men and women. The main advantages of Tongkat Ali are related to boosting in the T-levels, increased fertility in men, erections, and enhancing the libido. [10]Ismail, S. B., Wan Mohammad, W. M., George, A., Nik Hussain, N. H., Musthapa kamal, Z. M., & Liske, E. (2012). Randomized Clinical Trial on the Use of PHYSTA Freeze-Dried Water Extract of Eurycoma longifolia for the Improvement of Quality of Life and Sexual Well-Being in Men. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2012:429268. doi: 10.1155/2012/429268 A recent systematic review of clinical studies was published in the Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines. [11]Thu, H. E., Mohamed, I. N., Hussain, Z., Jayusman, P. A., & Shuid, A. N. (2017). Eurycoma Longifolia as a potential adaptogen of male sexual health: A systematic review on clinical studies. Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines, 15(1),71–80. doi: 10.1016/S1875-5364(17)30010-9 The researchers reviewed 150 studies, and found that there is convincing evidence for the prominence of Tongkat Ali health benefits in improving the male sexual health.

Other benefits include increasing the muscle mass, maintaining the bone health of women, and regulation of the sex hormones. [12]Arbuthnot, J., McNicholas, M., Dashti, H., & Stables, G. (2003). The Ergogenic Effects of Eurycoma Longifolia Jack: A Pilot Study. Joint Conference of BASEM and BASES. British Journal Of Sports Medicine, 37(5), 464-470. doi: 10.1136/bjsm.37.5.464 A study published in Phytotherapy Research concluded that a supplement of 400mg of tongkat ali, taken daily, resulted in significant increases in total and free testosterone concentrations and muscular force in men and women. [13]Henkel, R. R., Wang, R., Bassett, S. H., Chen, T., Liu, N., Zhu, Y., & Tambi, M. I. (2014). Tongkat Ali as a Potential Herbal Supplement for Physically Active Male and Female Seniors—A Pilot Study. Phytotherapy Research, 28(4), 544-550. doi:10.1002/ptr.5017 To get the benefits of Tongkat Ali, you can consume it the form of supplements.

How Can I Use Tongkat Ali?

There are not many human clinical trials of Tongkat Ali. The standard Tongkat Ali dosage is related to the bioactive ingredient known as eurycomanone.

The standard dose for reducing cortisol levels is 1200-2400 mg a day. That is 2-3 doses of 400mg-400mg. We do recommend cycling of the doses.

Tongkat Ali by Herbolab

At Herbolab, we provide genuine Tongkat Ali supplements that come straight from the Indonesian jungles. We make use of an efficient proprietary extraction technology. We provide you with the highest standardized Tongkat Ali that comes with pure eurycomanone content. Our extract has 200 times the concentrate, meaning we use 200 grams to Tongkat Ali to make 1 gram of the finished product.

Conclusion

Tongkat Ali benefits both men and women. Whether you are under moderate stress or chronic stress, Tongkat Ali makes the testosterone bioavailable and restores the cortisol rhythm.

Tongkat Ali has a lot of health benefits; all you need to do is to read the manufacturer’s dosage instructions so that the herb works to your benefits. You can start with a low dose and increase the dose gradually over time.

You will also find that as a result of improved health using tongkat ali, other areas of your life are improved as well. Such as when your testosterone begins to increase. This in turn usually sets off other positive effects.

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Fran Sanchez, BSc MSc

About Fran Sanchez, BSc MSc

Fran Sanchez, founder of Herbolab, graduated from Uppsala University (Sweden) with a master in molecular biology and Karolinska University (Sweden) with a degree in medical sciences and business. He then moved to Singapore to run e-commerce operations in a pharmaceutical company, until eventually he could fulfil his dream of creating a brand dedicated to help men reach their peak performance. Drawing on his experience as a lifelong multi-sport athlete and cutting edge medical and scientific research, Fran launched herbolab tongkat ali as flagship supplement in April of 2014. Fran now spend most of his time weight lifting and creating content dedicated to improve people’s lives.

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