Using plant-derived materials for medicinal purposes is not a new concept by any means. In fact, humans have always used herbal medicine to treat various diseases since ancient times. So, it’s not really breaking news to find out that a new plant-derived drug is being used for medicinal purposes. However, when such medicines start showing amazing benefits, many eyebrows are raised. Kratom is one such drug which has gotten a lot a popularity in recent years. For the Western sub-continent this new medicinal herb is a revolution in medical terms. However, Kratom has long been used for various purposes in the Eastern medicinal treatments.
History of Kratom
Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is a tropical tree, member of the Rubiaceae family, from Southeast Asia and is native to Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Kratom leaves have been used by Thai and Malaysian natives for centuries. Southeast Asian countries like Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, etc. have a long history of using Kratom leaves in the traditional way to stimulate energy and treat ailments like pain, fever, cough, diarrhea, etc. Traditionally, kratom leaves are consumed either by chewing, by drying and smoking, or by boiling into a tea. However, nowadays kratom extract is used to make tablets or capsules for easier consumption. Indeed, kratom capsules and tablets are the easiest way to use this medicine to get its best effect.
Uses of Kratom
This medicinal drug has many benefits on the body. Its increasing popularity in countries like America and other Western countries is also due to its ability to help deal with drug withdrawal symptoms. Let us look at some of the most well-known benefits of this wonder drug.
As Cough Remedy
Kratom is widely used in eastern countries as a remedy for cough. However, it should be administered in moderate and precise doses to get the desired effect. When administered in right dosage, kratom can suppress cough. While many people believe that the opioid-like effects of kratom can be addictive and lead to a drug abuse problem, it can be easily avoided by sticking to a prescribed dose. Even western countries are now turning to this herbal medicine for treating mild ailments like cough.
Treatment for Chronic Pain, Diarrhea, Inflammation
Kratom is said to have analgesic effects which is why in Southeast Asia, it has long been used to manage pain and inflammation. When administered in mild doses, it can relieve mild pain and inflammation issues. And for chronic pain, you can stick to the prescribed dose for a longer period to see any effect. However, kratom is also known for its anti-diarrheal properties. For patients suffering from diarrhea quite often, this can be a very effective remedy.
Useful In Treating Fever and Wounds
Other than treating pain and cough, kratom is also quite effective in treating mild fever and simple wounds. Its anti-inflammatory properties can help you keep the wounds from escalating and treat it from deep inside. Also, for patients suffering from regular fever, whether low or mild fever, using kratom in small doses can be extremely helpful. This is true especially for those patients for whom other medicinal options haven’t worked all that well. However, this drug should never be used by pregnant women and people having alcohol issues.
Helpful in Alcohol or Drug Withdrawal
Contrary to popular belief that kratom is addictive, it is, in fact, often used to help people with addiction to deal with withdrawal symptoms. When a drug or alcohol addict tries to quit the habit, they may experience many withdrawal symptoms. Using kratom is mild doses in long intervals can help such patients deal with these symptoms. A supervised use of kratom allows addicts to self-manage withdrawal and avoid the public shame associated with rehabilitations programs. In Malaysia, kratom is commonly used to reduce illicit substance dependence and ease withdrawal.
Treat Anxiety, Insomnia, Depression
Kratom produces a combination of stimulant and opioid-like effects that vary greatly from person to person depending on the dose. Due to these properties, kratom is also used for treatment of diseases like anxiety, insomnia, and depression. Low doses of kratom when consumed can give a pleasant euphoric feeling and thus reduce anxiety. It van also reduce stress and help you sleep better. Regular use of this drug is also said to have good effects on patients suffering from depression.
High Blood Pressure and Diabetes
Another positive effect of kratom is its ability to regulate blood pressure and its possible treatment for diabetes. Although there isn’t enough proof of the same, kratom is said to have a good effect on the blood pressure. It can help you keep high BP in check by staying calm and avoiding anxiety and stress.
Despite its amazing properties and widespread use, many people are still concerned about using kratom for treating their issues. While this drug is has many profound benefits on the body, it an also have some serious side-effects. It is advisable to take it in prescribed doses only. And in case you notice any adverse effects, contact your doctor immediately.