Traditional Malay medicine encompasses various kinds of ritual ceremonies intended to communicate with the world of spirits to determine whether the nature of an illness is physical or psychological. In such ceremonies, the aim is to summon and exorcise the spirits causing illness. A ritualist serves as a medium, and a small ensemble often provides the musical component.

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Eurycoma longifolia (tongkat ali) medicinal properties

The plant is an evergreen plant, which is slowly growing up to 15–18 m in height on jungle slopes where they receive adequate shade and water. The tree starts bearing fruits after 2–3 years, yet complete maturation takes up to 25 years.

Eurycoma longifolia Jack or ‘Tongkat Ali’ is a herb which has been claimed to possess various medicinal properties. Traditionally, people believe that this herb can be used as an anticoagulant for complications during childbirth, treatment for dysentery, aphrodisiac, antibacterial, anticancer, antihyperglycemic, anxiolytic, diarrhea, fever, hypertension, relief of pain in the bone, and its pounded bark has been used to treat wounds, syphilitic sores, and headache.

Eurycoma longifolia Jack has attained remarkable recognition as a potential natural herbal medicine in the improvement of male sexual disorders and infertility. The remarkable attention of researchers to Eurycoma longifolia is based on its aphrodisiac prospective, which is the ability to improve libido, restore erectile dysfunction, and stimulate production of testosterone, thus improving the overall male sexual well-being.

Phytochemical studies on this herb revealed that this herb possesses quassinoids which give the bitter taste. The roots of Eurycoma longifolia contain a wide variety of chemical compounds including alkaloids, quassinoids, quassinoid diterpenoids, eurycomaoside, eurycolactone, laurycolactone or eurycomalacton

Eurycoma longifolia Jack is also claimed to have anti-malarial properties and its effects have been extensively studied. The results indicated that these quassinoids possessed anti-malarial activity, higher than the anti-malarial property of chloroquine; the most widely used anti-malarial drug.
Eurycoma longifolia (tongkat ali) medicinal properties  

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