Ever wondered if there are any healthier alternatives to dangerous painkillers or other drugs? We don’t know for sure.
However, what we do know for sure is that there are many things Nature has given us to help us live as healthy as we can.
Every scientist knows that we first turn to Nature when it comes to finding something that can help with our health, no matter if that thing is later processed and modified in labs.
We are from Nature, and she takes care of its children.
As we said, there are many things Nature has given us, but not a lot of them are widely known around the world. In this article we will reveal to you one of those things.
What is Kratom:
Kratom, AKA Mitragyna Speciosa, usually taken as Kratom powder, is an evergreen tropical tree found throughout Southeast Asia that belongs to the Rubiaceae family along with coffee and gardenia. It thrives in the countries of Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea.
The term Kratom itself derives from the country of Thailand. This tree can grow to an astonishing height of 25 to 30 feet and about 13 wide containing an even number of dark green pinnate leaves emerging from the center stem.
History of Kratom:
For centuries, various Indigenous people have consumed Kratom tea to take advantage of its distinctive medicinal benefits and boost of energy.
Originally, the only method of ingesting Kratom was to remove the central piece of the green leaves, place the leaves in the mouth, and chew until most of leaves were absorbed.
Many inhabitants of the Southeast Asian region would consume anywhere between five to thirty leaves a day with each leaf weighing in at about 2 grams and containing more than forty compounds.
Benefits of Kratom:
These organic compounds have been repeatedly used to treat a wide variety of ailments including but not limited to coughs, diarrhea, stamina, and most commonly aches and pains while simultaneously producing effects such increased mood, relaxation, or increase sociability.
Positive results of patients suffering from PTSD have also been reported.
Nowadays, you can find Kratom sold online in various forms such as in capsules, tablets, extracts, powders, smoking, or boiling the leaves into a tea.
All of these methods of ingestion are perfectly suitable for absorbing the medicinal compounds in the leaves.
However, these methods can differ in the amount of time it will take for you to experience the full effect of Kratom.
Additionally, the quantity of Kratom consumed will produce a specific effect. For example, you may experience a suddle feeling of stimulation when ingesting a low dosage and a sense of euphoria when taking higher doses.
Kratom contains a unique group of elements called alkaloids. Alkaloids are a category of chemicals containing nitrogen derived from plants.
Many of these alkaloids can produce certain physical altering effects that can be used for medicinal purposes.
You may have heard of some alkaloids such as cocaine, caffeine, morphine, nicotine, strychnine, or methamphetamine.
An intensive laboratory study on kratom properly identified twenty different alkaloids.
One specific alkaloid known as mitragynine is responsible for eliminating pain. Mitragynine is a kappa opioid receptor agonist responsible for producing effects similar to opioids. However, mitragynine is up to 13 times stronger than morphine.
Although kratom produces effects similar to other opioids such as morphine, it differs in its physical structure.
According to studies conducted on animals, the primary location for mitragynine pharmacologic reactions take place in the receptors mu and delta and pathways located in the spinal cord.
These animal studies have also demonstrated that the effects of kratom can be reversed using a specific antagonist called naloxone.
So no matter the cause, this tea is certainly one of the great gifts that Nature has given us. At least people throughout history knew this, somehow, intuitively, and used this leaf for energy and health.