Kratom Benefits: The Medicinal and Functional
Ever since the first human ate a leaf of the mitragyna speciosa tree, evidence of kratom benefits became widespread. Because these benefits of kratom are varied, there is no one single reason it has been as popular as it is now. Some of the primary benefits that kratom has to offer are extremely helpful for those who deal with chronic pain, anxiety, depression and even for prior opiate addicts.
Although kratom is becoming increasingly well-known, relatively few significant kratom studies have been done. However, from this small amount of research, kratom has shown to have a variety of unexpected kratom effects besides the well-known medicinal kratom benefits, some of these include immune system boosting and smooth muscle relaxant effects.
Medicinal Effects of Kratom
Of all properties, kratom health benefits and medicinal benefits are what make this plant so exceptional and popular. These benefits include: pain relief, energy/stimulation, immune system stimulation as well as depression, stress and anxiety relief. The rising popularity of kratom come primarily from these benefits.
Kratom has been effectively used to treat pain by a large part of the population in countries where it has traditionally grown. The analgesic properties are one of the primary kratom benefits and this has been proven by that large number of people in western societies that have switched from powerful, dangerous prescription pain-killing drugs to simple plant leaves.
Kratom’s pain-killing capabilities occur due to the unique blend of alkaloids that it contains. Some of the most important and effective for this purpose are 7-hydroxymitragynine and mitragynine. Both of these alkaloids are mu-opiod receptor agonists, very similar to the human body’s own endorphins and enkaphalins.
Through this action at the mu-opiod receptors, it effectively nulls the body’s perception of pain, which can dramatically increase the quality of life for those who deal with persistent pain.
Immune System Stimulation
While not much research has been done on the immune system stimulation effects of kratom, the alkaloids contained in it are the same, or very similar to the well known immune system stimulant, cat’s claw. Some of kratom’s primary immunostimulant alkaloids contained in the kratom leavesare Isomitraphylline, Isorhynchophylline, isopteropodine and Mitraphylline. All of these alkaloids combined act in a synergistic manner, making it very powerful for this purpose.
While no highly controlled studies have been done on this plant’s ability to boost the immune system, there are a vast amount of anecdotal reports from users about the power this plant has to reduce sickness duration as well as avoid sickness entirely.
Energy and Stimulation
On primary benefit of kratom is that it has been shown to be very effective at increasing energy levels, which is one of the main reasons it is heavily used by many manual laborers in Thailand. However, it should be noted that kratom benefits vary by strain, and not all can effectively be used for this purpose, such as Bali or Borneo strains.
Thai strains, including Maeng Da kratom, currently seem the most effective at increasing energy levels and preventing fatigue. We at UKR Botanicals have seen several user reports that indicate it can be effective at reducing the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) as well. Additionally, most white vein kratom strains are fairly effective for energy, and are worth a shot.
Depression and Anxiety
Of all benefits kratom has to offer, mood boosting is one of the strongest. Because of this, it has been used to temporarily fight off high levels of anxiety, panic attacks and depressive symptoms. However, because one can build a tolerance over time, these effects will be lessened if used regularly.
Several prior addicts that we have met over the past several years have claimed that they would still be an addict, one even professed he would likely be dead, without this plant. These assertions come from how effective it can be at easing opiate withdrawal as well as its effectiveness as a maintenance drug, similar to buprenorphine and methadone, which can manage the intense cravings that come after the initial withdrawal syndrome.
While we do not promote the ingestion of this plant, especially if used regularly, many have found this plant to be highly effective for living a healthy and happy life without intense cravings, withdrawal and fear of relapsing.
Because of all of these effects it is becoming a very popular medicinal herb and may even one day become a household herb. Through these kratom benefits, many have been able to dramatically increase their quality of life and happiness, which is worth any price.