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Kratom is a large tree that grows naturally in Thailand and Malaysia. It is 12 to 30 feet tall and produces large, dark green, oval-shaped leaves. Trees thrive in wet, humid areas, and need fertile soil, lots of sun, and protection from strong winds. Shed and regrowth leaves throughout the year, although they are more abundant during the region's wet season. The tree provides clusters of bright yellow flowers, each consisting of hundreds of buds.
Kratom has been used for medicinal purposes in Southeast Asia since the Dutch colonial era, and perhaps for thousands of years earlier. It was traditionally used to treat diarrhea and also for opium addiction. Kratom is in the same family as Uncaria - an herb called cat's claw - and shares several biological properties.
Kratom has recently become a concern of Western users in Europe and the United States, because of its properties that can treat opiad addicts from dependence and reduce chronic pain, as well as relieve anxiety and depression. Kratom extract comes from dried tree leaves. In Thailand, the leaves are traditionally chewed fresh or dried and crushed and then turned into a paste that is easy to swallow or made into tea, to get rid of the bitterness you can sweeten it with a little honey or sugar. Usually Kratom for sale in the United States as a very fine powder and Pills.
What is Kratom used for? Let's see how kratom is increasingly being used medicinally.
Here are 8 benefits of kratom leaves that you should know:
1.Chronic Pain Reliever
More and more kratom users, especially in the US and Europe, are using their leaves and formulations to relieve chronic pain, especially from conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia. When consumed in large quantities, kratom produces feelings of pleasure, relieves pain, and can also have a sedative effect. According to the NIH report, kratom has the same effect as opioids and stimulants because of the presence of two compounds – mitragynine and 7-α-hydroxy mitragynine. This compound interacts with opioid receptors in the brain to help reduce overall pain in the body. This quality of morphine or kratom leaf opium is widely considered to be the most important application.
2.Treatment for opioid withdrawal
In recent years, some people a lot of looking for kratom and use it as an herbal alternative to deal with withdrawal symptoms and side effects caused by opioid addiction. This can be prescription painkillers or other drugs, and sometimes even alcoholism. However, there is no scientific evidence that shows that kratom is safe for opioid withdrawal.
3.To Relieve Anxiety & Depression
A 2017 study on “Kratom use and mental health” in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence suggests that it can help improve mood and reduce anxiety in some individuals. It was also concluded that the use of kratom has important medical mental health benefits and risks that need to be studied. In addition, there are anecdotal data that some types of kratom increase energy levels and others that help individuals sleep better. However, this has not been scientifically proven.
4.Traditional Uses as Home Remedies
According to the European Center for Drugs and Drugs Monitoring, kratom has traditionally been used in parts of Southeast Asia to treat diarrhea and to eliminate heroin addiction. It is also used as a cough suppressant, an antidiabetic, intestinal worm agent, and poultice wounds. However, there is limited research on the positive effects of this kratom.
For example, a 2004 animal model showed that the antinociceptive effect and mitragynine suppressant cough in kratom were comparable to codeine. Also, a study published in the journal Molecule revealed that the extract showed antimicrobial activity against Salmonella typhi and Bacillus subtilis. More research with humans is needed to understand the potential of kratom therapy.
We’ve already mentioned that Kratom leaves come with sedating effects, and you could be wondering how the leaves could help you stay focused. When you consume Kratom, it induces the release of acetylcholine.
Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter that plays a significant role in enhancing focus as well as alleviating pain, muscle contraction, and regulation of the endocrine system. According to research, acetylcholine enhances memory and focus by increasing the ability of the cortical circuits to respond to sensory stimuli.
Those effects are especially helpful for students who are looking to focus during their studies, while also being able to remember things learned from months back. Kratom also induces the release of serotonin and dopamine, all of which are associated with increased focus and attention span.
6. Cognition Enhancement
This is another mental benefit you can get from using Kratom leaves. As you may already know, our brains can only function optimally if they receive adequate nutrients and energy released from the body’s metabolic processes.
The liver contains both Phase I and Phase II microsomal enzymes that metabolize Kratom into various alkaloids. Once metabolized, the alkaloids act on the Mu as well as the delta, and kappa opiate receptors that are located in the CNS and peripheral nerves.
Mitragynine mostly acts on delta receptors while 7-hydroxymitragynine interacts with Mu receptors. Collectively, these opioid receptors ensure impressive cognitive performance.
7. Addiction Recovery
Kratom packs opioid-like effects but unlike opioid drugs, Kratom is only a partial opioid agonist. The main reason why experts prescribe Kratom leaves for treating addiction is that it provides similar sensation as opioid drugs but doesn’t feature the comedowns.
While it interacts with opiate receptors, Kratom doesn’t induce long-term dependency. Even after periods of extended use, your body’s appetite for Kratom will always be normal.
The leaves also help to treat various conditions associated with opioid withdrawal, such as nausea and vomiting, sleeplessness, anxiety, as well as mood swings, and being an all-natural herb Kratom presents fewer and milder side effects.
8. Management of Diabetes
This is arguably one of the least known benefits of Kratom leaves. However, research suggests that Kratom could have positive effects on your blood sugar levels.
The alkaloids that Kratom leaves contain might help to modulate the levels of blood insulin and glucose. By keeping the amount of these two substances in check, Kratom leaves prevent the dangerous peaks and drops that are associated with diabetes, which helps keep diabetes at bay, while also helping those who are already affected to manage the condition.
Still related to diabetes, Kratom leaves interact with the satiety receptors that are located in the hypothalamus. If you’re suffering from obesity or diabetes, you can take Kratom to help curb your appetite for sugar, chocolate, and other potential trigger foods.
Evidently, Kratom leaves boast more health benefits than previously thought, and the best part is – there are numerous methods of administration that you can experiment with. You can consume Kratom in powder form, in a cocktail featuring other natural herbs, or mix it into your beverages.