Many Indonesians are skeptical toward modern medicines.
Instead they prefer to rely on herbal remedies, better known as jamu.
There is jamu for headaches, stomachaches, and backpain, jamu to make you slim, jamu to help you put on weight and jamu to alleviate the symptoms of flu.
There is even jamu to make you hard.
Because long before Pfizer created the wonderdrug Viagra, Indonesians were consuming a herbal remedy called Pasak Bumi.
Pasak Bumi will make YOU a man
Pasak Bumi comes from a plant called Tongkat Ali (which translates to “Ali’s walking stick” in English!), a medium-size, slender tree reaching up to 10 metres in height.
So is it effective?
Well, some researchers certainly think so.
What excites most people about tongkat ali is that the root significantly boosts sex drive and function in both men and women, by building testosterone.
However, testosterone is not just a sex booster for men. In women, this vital hormone also fans the flames of ardour, and increases sensitivity in the erogenous zones. In both sexes, testosterone stimulates metabolism, promotes lipogenesis (burning of fat), increases the formation of red blood cells, and accelerates muscle growth.
And the power of the plant has not gone unnoticed in the West either.
This American researcher even ventured into the depths of sweltering hot Malaysian rainforest to “observe three aboriginal men chop a mature tongkat ali root, one of the most powerful aphrodisiac plants on Earth”.
But whatever the merits of this plant, I reckon this testimony goes a bit too far…