Biotropics Malaysia Adopts Tongkat Ali through ABC’s Adopt-an-Herb Program
AUSTIN, Texas (November 6, 2017) The American Botanical Council (ABC) recognizes Biotropics Malaysia’s adoption of tongkat ali (Eurycoma longifolia) through ABC’s Adopt-an-Herb botanical education program. Tongkat ali is a Southeast Asian flowering treelet that has been used traditionally for a variety of purposes, including as an aphrodisiac, adaptogen, and general health tonic.
Biotropics Malaysia’s tongkat ali adoption supports ABC’s extensive HerbMedPro database, ensuring that this essential resource remains up-to-date for researchers, health professionals, industry, students, consumers, and all members of the herbal and dietary supplements community.
HerbMedPro is a comprehensive, interactive online database that provides access to important scientific and clinical research data on the uses and health effects of more than 250 herbs, spices, and medicinal plants.
“When ABC offered us an opportunity to ‘adopt an herb’…, we felt honored to take up the task,” wrote Azreena Abas, marketing and technical specialist at Biotropics Malaysia. “HerbMedPro is a great resource for the herbal industry and community in the US (globally too) and allows for proper dissemination of credible information on tongkat ali.”
According to Abas, Malaysian tongkat ali is popular as an energy drink among the local aborigines and as a postpartum concoction. “It has evolved into a high-value herbal ingredient for supplements and health foods for both men and women,” Abas wrote. “A lot of misconceptions have arisen from inappropriate claims and use, so setting the information straight through a credible avenue provided by ABC … would be the best way to preserve the ‘right’ identity for Malaysian tongkat ali.” According to Abas, some of the misconceptions about tongkat ali have also arisen from adulterated products labeled to contain tongkat ali.