Last week I wrote about how much the plant, Kratom (Mitragyna Speciosa), helped me last year when I was struggling with debilitating levels of anxiety, depression, lethargy and brain fog. You can find the post here.
I explained how blown away I was the first time I tried it. Nothing has worked so well for me. No pharmaceutical medications, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, amino acid therapy, homeopathy, other herbs, biofeedback, talk therapy . . . nothing. . . and I’ve tried SO many things over the years.
Over the last several months I’ve spent a great deal of time reading about this plant and have discovered that kratom can provide relief for an even larger range of symptoms. I’ve listed 8 of these below.
1. PROVIDES PAIN RELIEF
One of the main reasons people take kratom is for pain relief.
The alkaloids in kratom act on the opiate receptors in the central nervous system and are highly effective at relieving joint pain, muscular pain, neurological pain and headaches caused by tension and stress.
Many people report that the relief they get from kratom rivals some of today’s most popular pharmaceutical opiates.
Although I’m fortunate in that I don’t suffer from chronic pain, I know many people who find significant pain relief from migraines and fibromyalgia by taking red strains like Red Bali, Red Borneo, Red Horn, Red Maeng Da, Bentuangie or Brown Harmony.
2. LIFTS MOOD, RELIEVES ANXIETY AND MENTAL FATIGUE
Kratom is an amazing mood enhancer and provides powerful anxiety relief. I can happily (& rather calmly) attest to both.
Before trying kratom, I was struggling with anxiety and my mood was low. I was also physically and mentally lethargic . . . and I was having a helluva time trying to get things done. There were many times when I even had to remind myself to stay optimistic . . . which was weird for me because I’m usually a very optimistic person.
But with the help of kratom, I now feel energized, optimistic, happy and motivated.
It’s also helped significantly with mental fatigue, which is something I’ve suffered from for as long as I can remember.
Greens, Yellows and Whites are generally good for elevating mood.
Reds and Yellows are generally good for anxiety relief.
3. BOOSTS MENTAL CLARITY, COGNITIVE FUNCTION AND FOCUS
Many kratom users, including myself, report a significant (albeit temporary; lasts approximately 6 to 8 hours) increase in mental clarity and focus.
This is in part due to the presence of Ajmalicine which provides a cerebro-circulant action that increases blood flow to the brain.
I personally notice a huge improvement in both cognitive function and focus when I take kratom. I’m a writer by trade and I definitely notice getting the right words on the page takes less effort when I’ve taken kratom.
My attention span has increased, too.
4. AIDS IN ADDICTION RECOVERY
Kratom also helps recovering opioid addicts and alcoholics find relief from withdrawal symptoms.
Green and Red strains are great for relief from the various withdrawal symptoms.
Here are some testimonials.
5. STIMULATES PHYSICAL and SEXUAL ENERGY
Some strains stimulate physical energy. For me, it’s a smoother, less jittery energy than I get from coffee. It also lasts much longer and I don’t “come down from it” like I do coffee.
The alkaloid Epicatechin is present in kratom which is known to improve vascularity, blood flow and endurance.
Kratom also contains Corynantheidine, an alkaloid found in Yohimbe, which is a known aphrodisiac.
Any of the white strains work well if you’re looking for this benefit.
6. RAISES MOTIVATION LEVELS.
Kratom boosts motivation levels by inducing the release of the neurotransmitters, dopamine and serotonin.
7. CONTAINS ANTI-INFLAMMATORY PROPERTIES
Among the 25+ alkaloids in kratom are a significant number of anti-inflammatory agents. These help to reduce systemic inflammation and can significantly reduce the pain caused by the inflammation.
8. IMPROVES IMMUNE SYSTEM PERFORMANCE
At least six of the alkaloids in kratom provide both immuno-stimulant and antioxidant properties that have been demonstrated clinically to boost the human immune system. Many kratom users also report resistance to colds, flu and other respiratory infections.
Also present in the herb are antitussive, antipyretic and anticonvulsant properties which may help to ease respiratory infection symptoms.
As you can see, kratom offers numerous benefits.
But don’t just take my word for it. I encourage you to take a look at the studies and research for yourself. A complete listing of all the alkaloids found in kratom and their properties may be found here.
You can also read other people’s testimonials.
However, as with any herb, it’s important that you buy from a trusted source. Doing so will ensure that you’re getting the unadulterated plant and nothing else. It will also ensure that your kratom is high quality and free from contaminants.
Yes, you can find kratom in some gas stations and head shops, but I’ve learned that for the most part, this kratom isn’t the best quality.
My preferred vendor is Herbal Nation. Full transparency: My husband owns it. His products are high quality, non-GMO, he offers samplers . . . AND he gives customers free consultations to help them find the right product for their needs the first time.
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Disclaimer: The content above is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. It’s simply my opinion based on my personal experience and research. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.