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The size of tongkat ali roots

We at Sumatra Pasak Bumi get all our Indonesian tongkat ali roots from deep inside the jungles. We drive our large bus with scouts more than 500 kilometers from Medan before reaching an jungle area where tongkat ali grows.

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From where we then park our exploration bus, it’s one or two days by foot up and down mountain slopes, until we get to locations where tongkat ali trees grow, and have been growing for millenia.

The roots are then carried back on shoulders. There simply is no other option. Because of the load, the walk back to the expedition bus takes longer… and if the expedition gets lost a little, as it sometimes happens, it can take twice the time.

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These areas are not inhabited by humans, though there are Orangutans (which is an Indonesian word that translate into forest people : orang = a human person, hutan = forest), and the odd wild elephant or rhinoceros.

We only select large tongkat ali trees, as they have accumulated the plants active quassinoids over decades. As a herbal medication, young trees are useless (but they make good firewood, nevertheless). Natives in Indonesia never use the roots of small or young trees for medical purposes.

See here for photos of our workers with mature tongkat ali root:

carrying tongkat ali

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carrying tongkat ali

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staff with tongkat ali

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Now please compare this with what a guy who tricks people on the Internet presents as tongkat ali root.

Fran, tongkat ali

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street view

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Are these tongkat ali roots? This is ridiculous like a micro penis.

Where did he get these miniature roots from? From a potted plant on the balcony of the Singapore flat from where he cheats gullible Americans?

So much for the comparison of our roots with the roots of scammers.

Now for the company premises. Here are some photos of our location and warehouses.

Fran, tongkat ali

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Fran, tongkat ali

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Fran, tongkat ali

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And what is the location of Herbolab? A room in an apartment building.

Just look at his address in Google StreetView.

See here:

Francisco Sanchez De Oria / Herbolab

1003 Lower Delta Road, Unit 11-02

Singapore 099308

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So, this person, a self-confessed Spanish national who could easily pass as a North African Arab or a Shiite Syrian refugee, sits in his apartment with an Internet connected computer and tells his audience that he is the world’s foremost tongkat ali supplier.

Time to quote a cartoon first published in 1993 in The New Yorker.

“On the Internet nobody knows that you’re a dog.”

Fran, tongkat ali

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