Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Monk Medicine?


Sometimes you can't just trust your students... I recently received a few bottles of Malaysian herbal suppliments from a student, saying it was a variation of Ginseng. I read the box, which said simply, "Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma Longifolia Jack) - Traditionally used for symptomatic (sic) of fatigue, to regulate energy and health."

Sounds harmless, right? She (take note, folks) sounded a little hesitant giving me the pills, so today, while letting a capsule settle in my stomach with a glass of water, I checked Google, and came up with this:

Longjack has been used traditionally as an aphrodisiac and libido booster. Scientific studies support its use for this purpose and demonstrate that it is effective at boosting sexual function and endurence.

Longjack is believed to stimulate the production of endogenous testosterone and to reduce the levels of bound and metabolically inactive testosterone in the body. It is believed to achieve this feat through the Leutinizing Hormone (LH) pathway. Consequently, users of Longjack commonly report an association between Longjack administration and increased feelings of well-being, increased sex drive, improved joint health, greater recovery from exercise of intense but appropriate duration, improved mental focus, and improved immune system function and reductions in body-fat.


Longjack administration may be efficacious for persons looking to improve sexual function and quality of life, for athletes looking to improve strength, muscle tone and performance, and the elderly and those with declining endogenous anabolic and androgenic hormone levels.

The ability of Longjack to improve sexual performance and improve sexual endurance will greatly assist persons looking to improve the qualitative qualities of sexual activity.

Source: http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/jack.html

Erm. With street names like "TestoBoost" and "Ejaculoid", there's not much room for "considering them thoughtfully, I use medicinal requisites for curing the sick, simply to counteract any pains of illness that have arisen, and for maximum freedom from disease."