Searching for Link Between Tongkat Ali, Honey and Sperm
By Syed Azhar, The Star, 10/18/2009
KOTA BARU, MALAYSIA - The Men's Health Clinic of University Sains Malaysia Hospital has embarked on two sexual and reproductive health projects to find out whether Tongkat Ali and pure honey can enhance sperm count.
At least 100 people have been recruited to consume pure extracts of Tongkat Ali at reasonable doses to see whether it would enrich sperm count and produce testosterone (male sex hormones), clinic head Assoc Prof Dr Shaiful Bahari Ismail said.
"The preliminary results that we have documented are quite encouraging. We will know the outcome by early next year."
He said another project, utilising Tualang honey from Kedah or Borneo honey, would start soon following laboratory tests done on rats that showed that they had better sperm count after being fed with the honey.
"We have had a minor breakthrough with that. This has prompted us to try it on human subjects in two months time," said Dr Shaiful Bahari, who completed a 12-month fellowship programme in male sexual and reproductive health at Monash University, Australia, in 2006.
He said those types of honey were found to be suitable for the research because they were collected from bees in an environment that was not affected by pollution.
These studies on libido were part of a combination of traditional and clinical research into sexual impotence, he said…