Taking a Close look at Kratom

Kratom (Mitragyna Speciosa) is a powerful medicinal plant native to Southeast Asia that’s used by thousands of people all around the world. This plant has vast medicinal potential and some of the most prominent ones include opiate addiction treatment, pain relief, and stimulation of the immune system, energy boost and mood lifting. The use of Kratom can be traced back for thousands of years, but it was early in the 19th century that Dutch botanist Pieter Willem Korthals formally documented it growing in Thailand abundantly for the very first time. While the birthplace of this deciduous tree remains unknown, Kratom has flourished quite well in Southeast Asia and Indochina.

Some of the most notable regions where Mitragyna Speciosa grows naturally are:

  • Bali
  • Thailand
  • The Sunda isles
  • Java
  • Indonesia
  • Sumatra
  • Borneo
  • Malaysia

As Kratom grows in these areas that are distinctly different, it has evolved and has managed to adapt to the environment. This is the primary reason why the leaves of the plant vary in terms of potency and effect. The alkaloid profile of Kratom is quite unique and is different from any other plant that exists. This has provided it with medicinal effects that are diverse and highly flexible. Apart from the medicinal applications, Kratom also possesses other positive secondary properties such as high vitamin and antioxidant content and this has made it worthwhile for general health as well. In almost every regard, Kratom has been declared safe because there haven’t been any known deaths from the plant unless it is combined with dangerous substances.

Listed below are some of the medicinal uses derived from Kratom:

  • Pain Relief: The pain-relieving impacts of Kratom are quite pronounced and are much more effective for dealing with chronic pain rather than over-the-counter solutions. Thanks to its pain-killing effects, a number of people have succeeded in become pharmaceutical free. With rising awareness, this plant will become a common alternative to opiate medication.
  • Opiate Withdrawal/Addiction: Due to the plant’s mood-lifting and pain-killing effects, Kratom has been effectively used for quitting opiates and reduce the withdrawal symptoms for both illegal narcotics and prescribed pain medication. It can help people in making the transition to sobriety and for combating cravings.
  • Psychological Effects: The nature of the psychological effects of Kratom are very unique as compared to other plants because they contain both stimulating and sedating properties. These effects can vary depending on the plant, the strain and one’s own personal chemistry. The plant is beneficial for the treatment of depression, anxiety and is also great for giving your mood a lift.
  • Immune System Stimulation: Kratom contains a number of immunostimulant alkaloids called Isomitraphylline, Isopteropodine, Mitraphylline and Isorhynchophylline that are highly effective for giving the immune system a boost. It gives it the power to deal with numerous conditions ranging from the flu to the common cold. It can slow down the onset of a sickness and also reduce the duration of an illness. The Borneo and Green Malaysian strains are the most effective for this purpose.

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