The recommended usage is 4 capsules per day: 2 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon. However, this may be a little too high for some users, specially if this is the first time you start taking the product. I recommend starting with half the dosage until you feel that your body is OK with it (that is, you don’t feel agitated or restless). Then you may increase to the standard 4 capsules per day.
I suggest that you experiment a little with the dosage as Tongkat Ali doesn’t work the same for all individuals (neither does any other supplement or medication). You may notice that you experience the desired effects taking only 2 or 3 capsules per day, and that is totally fine, stick to it. Some other individuals (specially bodybuilders) may find a higher dosage more suited for the results they look for.
The effects of Tongkat Ali accumulate gradually. However, it is also important to leave a “resting period” to avoid your body getting accustomed to Tongkat Ali. It is recommended to rest half the time you take Tongkat Ali. For example: If you take it for 4 days in a row, rest 2. Or if you take it for 2 days, rest on the third, then take it for another 2, then rest on the third, etc.
If you are taking Tongkat Ali long term, I believe it is a good idea to let your body rest for a longer period after 2-3 months of cycles (you can take 1 month break or so).
Interactions and contraindications
There are certain products that doesn’t go well with Tongkat Ali. For example, you should avoid saw palmetto or pygeum, or the pharmaceutical finasteride (Proscar). All three of them block dihydrotestosterone, the hormone necessary to achieve an increased sexual drive. There are some foods that could hamper the testosterone boosting effect of Tongkat Ali, these are garlic and soy products (in large amounts), Broccoli, cauliflower and other cabbage-derived vegetables.
Diabetics should pay extra attention as Tongkat Ali may lower the sugar level in blood. Anyone with hormone related cancer, taking immunodepresants, with heart disease, sleep apnea or kidney disease are encouraged to talk to their doctor before taking Tongkat Ali. You are also encouraged to talk to your doctor if you are taking prescription medication.
In some occasions some mild side effects could manifest. These side effects could include:
- Increased aggressiveness
- Face blush
- testicular pressure
- heart palpitations
If you experience any side effects after taking Tongkat Ali please discontinue its usage and consult a doctor.