Our Tongkat Ali extract production starts with the collection of the roots. While we are in the process of establishing a 10-hectare plantation for growing eurycoma longifolia (tongkat ali) shrubs, our current raw material is all collected in the wild. Collection is tiresome because eurycoma longifolia roots grow mostly vertical into the ground, and they do so for up to two meters. For each root that is to be harvested, an individual hole has to be dug: roots cannot just be pulled out of the soil.

All our roots are collected by cooperatives of indigenous tribal people who have a so-called adat right on the forests where they collect tongkat ali roots. Adat forests are traditionally owned by whole tribal communities, not by individuals or corporations. None of our roots are collected by commercial enterprises in the modern sense.

Roots being carried

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In traditional forests where the tongkat ali roots are collected, no pesticides are used whatsoever, and there is also no industrial pollution. The nearest town is at least 50 kilometers away from the areas where our roots are collected. For this reason, the soil where our tongkat ali roots are collected carries virtually no load of industrial pollutants.

For the production of our tongkat ali extract, only roots are used. While the same glyco-proteins that form the active ingredients of tongkat ali roots are also found in the stem, branches, and even the leaves of the shrub, the concentration of active ingredients is by far the highest in the root, especially in roots of shrubs older than 5 years. In traditional Indonesian and Southeast Asian medicine, only the roots of the eurycoma longifolia shrub are used.

Warehouse full of roots

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After the roots are collected, they are brought over a distance of about 1000 kilometers (Sumatra is a very large island) to our storage facilities in Medan, North Sumatra.

In Medan, all roots are washed and then dried for about a month. Roots are then chipped, using specialized electric equipment.

The chipped roots are soaked in water for 48 hours and than repeatedly heated for about 15 minutes. No chemicals whatsoever are added. (The traditional Indonesian way of preparing tongkat ali is to boil about 50 gram of chipped root for 30 to 60 minutes, and then drink the water after it has cooled down. Thus, in traditional medicine, only the water-soluble parts of the tongkat ali roots are used, and a single dose needs about 50 gram of root.)

Sumatra Pasak Bumi laboratory staff
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Continuing our production process, the chipped roots are removed and the soak water is evaporated with sophisticated industrial equipment that uses high pressure and minimal heat in a process that takes about 72 hours.

The evaporator produces crystal-dry flakes which are then milled. The milled powder is highly hydrophilic and therefore stored in air-tied containers.