Tongkat Ali extract production process
Our Tongkat Ali extract production starts with the collection of the roots. While we a re in the process of establishing a 10-hectare plantation for growing eurycoma longifolia (tongkat ali) shrubs, our curren t raw material is all collected in the wild. Collection is tiresome because eurycoma longifolia roots grow mostly vertica l 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 tr ibal communities, not by individuals or corporations. None of our roots are collected by commercial enterprises in the modern sense.
In traditional forests where the tongkat ali roots are collected, no pesticides are us ed whatsoever, and there is also no industrial pollution. The nearest town is at least 50 kilometers away from the areas w here our roots are collected. For this reason, the soil where our tongkat ali roots are collected carries virtually no l oad of industrial pollutants.
For the production of our tongkat ali extract, only roots are used. While the same gly co-proteins that form the active ingredients of tongkat ali roots are also found in the stem, branches, and even the le aves of the shrub, the concentration of active ingredients is by far the highest in the root, especially in r oots of shrubs older than 5 years. In traditional Indonesian and Southeast Asian medicine, only the roots of the eurycoma lo ngifolia shrub are used.
After the roots are collected, they are brought over a distance of about 1000 kilomete rs (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 abou t 15 minutes. No chemicals whatsoever are added. (The traditional Indonesian way of preparing tongkat ali is to b oil 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 5 0 gram of root.)
Continuing our production process, the chipped roots are removed and the soak water is evaporated in a process that takes about 72 hours. Evaporation is intensified during the end phase of this process to guard against the development of molds.
The evaporator produces crystal-dry flakes which are then milled. The milled powder is highly hydrophilic and therefore stored in air-tied containers. Shipping quantities are vacuum-packed in plas tic bags, each containing 40