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//8 Amazing Benefits of Kratom

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.



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.

A popular custom blend for pain relief is Red Velvet. It’s a blend of Super Red Bali, Red Horn, Red Borneo and Bentuangie.



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.

This Super Green is my current go-to blend when I want both a mood boost and relief from anxiety. I also love the strain, Yellow Vietnam. Both are a-maz-ing!



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.



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.



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.

Some examples of white strains are White Maeng Da and White Elephant.



Kratom boosts motivation levels by inducing the release of the neurotransmitters, dopamine and serotonin.



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.



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.

Please look for more posts in the coming weeks. If you’re not already subscribed to my email list, you can do so here!

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.


About the Author:

Jennifer Jaynes is the USA Today bestselling author of the Strangers thriller series. Visit her Amazon page to learn more.


  1. Joy Smith February 16, 2018 at 11:26 am - Reply

    Hey Jennifer,

    That’s a great list of kratom benefits. Kratom comes in many types and forms. And if taken in a proper manner it can give you impressive results. I would recommend consulting experts if you are not aware of its dosage.


    • Jennifer M Jaynes March 9, 2018 at 7:37 pm - Reply

      Thanks Joy! Yes, I agree.

  2. Patricia Wilson March 7, 2018 at 4:39 am - Reply

    Who would’ve thought that kratom can help a person feel motivated? I never knew that until I read it from your article. I got passed over promotion and it really brought my self-esteem down. I’m not usually sulky, but I’ve put so much emotional investment on that promotion for me not to get affected. There’s more to life than a desk job – I get that. I guess I’ll have to get myself some kratom to improve my outlook on life. Thanks for this very informative read!

    • Jennifer M Jaynes March 14, 2018 at 5:27 pm - Reply

      I’m sorry to hear about that. I hope something better happens for you!

  3. Golden Monk Kratom March 12, 2018 at 8:25 am - Reply

    One of the main reason people take kratom is for pain relief. The alkaloids in Kratom act on the central nervous system and are highly effective at relieving joint pain, muscular pain, neurological pain and headaches caused by tension and stress.
    A popular blend of kratom for pain relief is Red Velvet. kratom is also acted as a mood enhancer and also reduced anxiety, stimulates physical and sexual energy, boosts immunity system, regulates insulin in a diabetic patient.

  4. Christopher Sarbo June 15, 2018 at 12:41 am - Reply


    Kratom has changed my life for the better. I was struggling with pain for the last 20 or so years and nothing works for me like Kratom does in conjunction with prescribed opiate pain medication. I was able to cut pain meds dose down to 0 mgs of pain medication while using a smart approach and stepping up Kratom as I step down in dosage of an opiate based medication. Now I take as much or as little opiate medication as I need to, with much less chance of becoming dependent. I can combine the two and keep the overall opiate dosage low. One thing I don’t need a doctor to help me do monitor pain. I have a built in system that does that for me and so I know, better than any Dr., how well something is working for pain. (This is what worked for me. The Idea is to use Kratom to bring your dosage down as low as you can tolerate your pain comfortably.) I suggest everyone see your Dr. before adjusting your meds.

    As far as mood goes, I believe that the green strain options are an excellent pick me up when taken in very small doses. Add a tea spoon of Kratom to your morning coffee or tea and you will find you task list for the day is done by lunch time. I find Kratom very motivating. White strains are the thinkers strains, while the green seem to prepare me for physical activity. Reds and yellows for pain and relaxation, in that order. There is an art to mixing them properly as well and so the potential is limitless. Please feel free to look me up http://www.dkbotanical.com. I always provide free samples and counseling for those interested in experimenting with Kratom. I also import the world’s very best Kratom as well.
    My life was so impacted by Kratom, I have been called to educate others, and work to keep it legal in our state.
    Thanks for the venue.

    PS. I love your 8 Benefits Page, I’d love to use some of the info on it as I like how you have it organized.
    C. Sarbo
    Kratom Counselor

  5. Lynn W June 16, 2018 at 7:46 am - Reply

    Jennifer…I have been using Kratom for three and a half weeks! Ended a methadone dependency and a chronic pain dance that surpassed twenty years!

    I just forwarded your blog link to a friend because this is one of the best pieces I’ve read! Thank you.

  6. Samuel Thomas September 13, 2018 at 1:49 am - Reply

    All the reasons why I love this plant. My mom has a huge misconception of this and thinks its about getting high for me bc of my struggles with addiction. It’s really about me being well. I am on house arrest right now bc of bad decisions in addiction and have been forced to move in with her. She won’t hear me out and read about it. How do I get through to her I need help.

  7. Ginny September 20, 2018 at 1:12 am - Reply

    Chemo side effects include dry mouth, sore lips and no appetite. I do have some body pain, but I need to EAT. What do you think? I am very interested in your Kratom vs drugs.

  8. Ginny Hendren September 20, 2018 at 1:17 am - Reply

    Chemo side effects include dry mouth, sore lips and no appetite. I do have some body pain, but I need to EAT. What do you think? I am very interested in your Kratom vs drugs.
    (I’m having trouble getting this post to go thru)

  9. Timothy McDaniel September 20, 2018 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    Just wanted to say thank you for your time help an consideration with this post, just got through 14 years of pain management and25 years of mussel spasms after breaking my back at 17 in Hawaii, I am 24 days of trying kratom, going from a huge dose of methadone, plus opiates, used less than 3 in the entire time .. an like you I feel it’s my mission to enlighten others going through with the same thing, so far I have given samples an information to at least a dozen friends and family , keep up the good work thanks

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