6 Benefits of Tongkat Ali for Women’s Health

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM Published on , Last Updated on

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Hormone imbalance is a common health for many women today. Exposure to toxins that exhibit estrogen-like effects — and there are plenty — can throw a woman’s hormone production off kilter. Common symptoms include fatigue, slowed metabolism, low libido, and brain fog. Herbalists and believers in traditional medicines have long used Tongkat ali, commonly known as Longjack, to combat these issues and modern research has confirmed its status as a health-supporting herb with hormone balancing benefits. [1] [2]

Benefits of Tongkat Ali

Used for centuries to support female health, Tongkat ali still remains foreign to most people. Fortunately, a great deal of research is shedding new light onto the herb’s benefits, specifically for women. Here are just a few benefits of Tongkat ali for women’s health:

1. Helps Fight Unwanted Weight Gain

Hormones dictate metabolism and an imbalance almost always leads to unwanted weight gain. Many of us may have come to accept that a certain level of weight gain and fatigue is a normal part of aging; however, this doesn’t have to be the case. Often, the reason we are gaining weight is simply because we are being exposed to environmental toxins that are messing with our natural hormonal equilibrium. Tongkat ali may aid in reducing weight gain by stabilizing hormones, and this applies to both males and females.

2. Boosts Energy

When the body isn’t producing adequate hormones, or when its production has gone haywire, it can often result in low energy levels. Because Tongkat is an excellent tool for balancing hormones, it has the additional affect of balancing energy and metabolism. The increased energy may also be helpful for supporting endurance during exercise, linking Tongkat back to weight loss and maintenance.

3. Natural Libido Support

No matter your gender, a testosterone boost can be a helpful way for increasing sexual flame and desire. Folklore says that Tongkat ali is helpful for increasing the sensitivity of a woman’s erogenous zones, further increasing its libido-boosting qualities. While research has shown that the herb boosts libido in male rats, [3] researchers believe these effects can also be replicated in females.

4. Promotes Skeletal Health

Low testosterone levels increases one’s chances of developing osteoporosis, a debilitating disease characterized by weak, fragile bones. While calcium, vitamin D, and magnesium all play a role in bone health, maintaining hormonal balance is key for regulating the health of the entire body. Since Tongkat encourages serum concentration of testosterone, it is believed that the herb may be a useful adjunct toward improving and maintaining superior bone health. [4]

5. Mood Support

Research has shown that Tongkat ali reduces cortisol, our main stress hormone. Cortisol is produced in response to stress and is also one of the main contributors to stress-related weight gain. In clinical trials, Tongkat reduces tension, anger, and confusion. The herb may also reduce the effects of everyday stress associated with diet, sleep loss, and even exercise. [5] Improved memory is also associated with Tongkat ali supplementation.

6. Encourages Normal Blood Sugar

Maintaining proper blood sugar levels through diet and exercise is one of the best defenses against type II diabetes. Research has confirmed that Tongkat ali may contribute to this effort. [6] Reducing refined carbohydrates in the diet, increasing exercise, getting quality sleep, and sunlight exposure are also extremely helpful ways to maintain balanced blood sugar levels.

Using Tongkat Ali

As a supplement, Tongkat ali is typically taken in extract form. Some supplements, such as Female Fuzion®, combine Tongkat ali with various other natural herbs to offer a comprehensive spectrum of benefits.

Have you tried Tongkat ali? How was your experience? Please leave a comment and share your thoughts with us!


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References (6)
  1. Shuid AN1, El-arabi E, Effendy NM, Razak HS, Muhammad N, Mohamed N, Soelaiman IN. Eurycoma longifolia upregulates osteoprotegerin gene expression in androgen- deficient osteoporosis rat model. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2012 Sep 12;12:152. doi: 10.1186/1472-6882-12-152.
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  3. Ang HH, Sim MK. Eurycoma longifolia Jack enhances libido in sexually experienced male rats. Experimental Animals. 1997 October;46(4):287-90.
  4. Tambi MI, Imran MK, Henkel RR. Standardised water-soluble extract of Eurycoma longifolia, Tongkat ali, as testosterone booster for managing men with late-onset hypogonadism. Andrologia. 2012 May;44 Suppl 1:226-30. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0272.2011.01168.x.
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†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

  • Donna

    Is this for postmenopausal women too?

  • Julie

    What if the women don’t want the libido part, I don’t have a husband so that could cause unwanted problems….

  • Absolutely!

  • It’s good but wouldn’t turn you into a ravenous wild animal.

  • Tori

    Does it come in pill form?

  • You can find tongkat ali in a pill form (make sure the source is reputable). It’s also available as an ingredient in Female Fuzion.

  • Interesting, had never heard of this before, but it’s very interesting!! Thanks for popping by 🙂 x

  • Lynne

    I read that it can cause unwanted facial hair in women. thoughts?

  • Haven’t seen anything to that effect, where did you read it?

  • Jess

    I’m looking to increase my libido. Trying to conceive, would this effect anything?

  • It’s hard to say for sure what it will or won’t do for you but if you read forum conversations and product reviews you will find quite a few people who report positive outcomes.

  • Kathy

    I had a full hysterectomy and cannot take hormone replacements. Will this help me at all since I have zero hormones?

  • What do you want to have happen?

  • Amber

    This won’t make a woman bulk up will it? I’m taking 200:1 600mg once a day. Have been for a week now

  • It’s not a steroid, it won’t cause that.

  • Ttara

    Will it effect birth control? Done having kids but would still like the desire back.

  • Claire

    are there no side effects of increasing testosterone in a woman? Or does Tongkat Ali just increase the availability of testosterone to have the effect of increased libido. Are there side effects is what I am asking

  • Yes…what are the side effects of Tonhkat Ali?
    And may it be consumed on long term? Dosage for tea??

  • Just curious

    Could this also help with acne caused by a hormonal imbalance and/or stress? And how long does it usually take to notice a difference, on average. I know every body is different. I don’t want to take chemical birth control pills to calm my pms, acne and regulate the cycle. I haven’t taken the pills since I was 21 because of how depressed and gross they made me feel..also killed my desire big time. I’m 32 now and I’m sick of the drugs being pumped in and pushed on me.
    ..sorry kinda ranted but I’m really at my breaking point. I feel terrible. Thanks..


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