What is Kratom?

23rd May 2019

What is Kratom?

Mitragynaspeciosa, better known as kratom, is the East Asian wonder herb which is starting to take the West by storm.

A tropical tree in the coffee family, it’s becoming increasingly popular with students and professionals who want more drive and focus. As well as sufferers of chronic illnesses who want relief from their symptoms, and drug addicts who need help in overcoming their withdrawal pangs.

Though people in the West are only starting to see its benefits in recent years, its medicinal properties have a long-established history in its native East Asian countries like Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Health Benefits Of Kratom

Pain Relief

The alkaloids in Kratom mean it has a similar pain-relieving effect as morphine yet without the risk of being addictive. The alkaloids act on the opiate receptors present in the central nervous system, enhancing the release of enkephalins and endorphins which numb your body’s pain receptors.

This means it can give pain relief for sufferers of conditions like osteoarthritis, osteomalacia, osteoporosis, chronic backache, rheumatoid arthritis, and joint pain, to name a few.

Overcoming Addictions

Though kratom isn’t an opiate, it activates the supraspinal mu and delta opiate receptors in the brain. This helps curb recovering addicts’ cravings for the drug they’re giving up without the risk of long-term dependency.

It also helps reduce the symptoms of opiate withdrawal like cramps, vomiting, nausea, sleeplessness and pain, as well as elevating users’ mood with its anti-anxiety action.

Reduces Stress, Anxiety and Depression

If you’re prone to stress or suffer from anxiety or depression, kratom will help soothe your nerves and calm you down. Kratom is a psychostimulant as it releases endorphins and serotonin which enhance your overall mood.

More Focus on Your Work & Studies

Taking kratom unleashes your productivity. By acting on opiate receptors in the brain and periphery, the alkaloids, 7-hydroxy mitragynine and mitragynine, help you work harder for longer, with a more intense focus than normal. And the release of acetylcholine calms down your ruminating mind, making you better able to focus.

On top of this, the feel-good chemicals it releases like dopamine and serotonin further increase your focus, attention span, and motivation for the task at hand. So you can have laser-like focus on work which would otherwise be monotonous.

Promotes Heart Health

The chemical components in kratom leaves are good for your body’s hormones, arteries and blood vessels, helping lower blood pressure. It also helps prevent various heart diseases by easing tension in the cardiovascular system which means it helps protect against health issues like heart attacks, strokes and atherosclerosis.

Sleep Deeper for Longer

Kratom regulates the sleep-wake cycle in those who suffer from insomnia, night terrors or parasomnia. It helps you fall asleep faster and have a deeper more restorative sleep which will also help you function better in the daytime.

Lowers Inflammation

Kratom is also a powerful anti-inflammatory as its primary active alkaloid, mitragynine, has been found to reduce inflammation. It promotes healing and reduces pain, swelling, and redness at the site of inflammation. Because of this it’s commonly used by rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, and osteoarthritis sufferers.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.