Eurycoma apiculata is a shrub or small tree growing up to 5 metres tall from a stout tap root[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
There is only a little evidence which clearly assesses the toxicity of the plant. Can we reasonably expect a plant abounding with quassinoids to be devoid of toxic effects? Probably not. The very little toxicological evidence presented thus far is consistent with the view that the plant is poisonous and should not be used internally. Does it promote prostate tumours, one wonders?[
Southeast Asia - Malaysia, Indonesia (Sumatra).
An understorey plant of primary and secondary forest, found on acid, sandy soils at elevations up to 1,200 metres[
This genus has a distinct preference for acid, leached sandy soils[
A decoction of the roots is used as a drink to reduce fever, diarrhoea, and to reduce swellings[
A few pieces of the root bark are boiled in water to make a drink, which is taken as an aphrodisiac, and as a tonic, to mitigate pain in the bones, and to reduce fever[
The bark is applied externally to heal wounds and ulcers, and to mitigate headaches[
A decoction of the leaves is used to calm itchiness of the skin[
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