Kratom, scientifically name Mitragyna Speciosa, is a tree native to South East Asia. Kratom is closely related to the coffee plant, yet not as widely known. Traditionally the leaves of the Kratom tree were chewed to relieve pain, increase stamina and endurance for long hikes through difficult terrain.
Kratom contains over 40 compounds and more than 25 alkaloids. The main active alkaloids in kratom are mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, which can have a range of stimulating and depressant effects. Kratom constituents have shown to possess powerful analgesic and anti-inflammatory activity.
Modern day use of Kratom has become increasingly popular in the western world and thus more in-depth studies have been done. It has been discovered that Kratom has an abundance of healing properties that treat an enormous scope of symptoms and ailments such as, anxiety, depression, pain, substance withdrawals, fibromyalgia, gout, ADHD, fatigue, inflammation, insomnia, PTSD, Endometriosis, OCD and Aspergers. Due to the energizing effects of some Kratom strains, it has become widely used for sports endurance, weight-loss and as a study aid. The more calming strains are perfect for anxiety attacks, social anxiety and insomnia.
Kratom also boasts a host of health benefits, it is a powerful immune booster, can be used to lower body temperature, it helps the body produce more Melanin which in turn protects the skin from the sun and slows down ageing. Kratom has no negative effect on the organs and no deaths have ever been associated with Kratom alone.