KRATOM For South Africa

Kratom Discovery

Things happen for us, not to us. This tenant can be found in most of the world’s spiritual traditions. It means to say that whatever people, places or circumstances we are faced with in our lives, we should view them as though we had chosen them, no matter how unpleasant they may look. Underlying this is the understanding that challenges are catalysts for personal growth, discovery and learning and not random events where we’re a victim of unfortunate circumstance. Jani’s story exemplifies this principal in so many ways.

Here’s Jani’s story in her own words.

I was 18 and my baby sister was having a birthday party. My parents were busy blowing up a jumping castle which I decided to run and do a forward flip onto. I landed badly in one of the seams and injured my neck seriously. My mother however, brushed it off, insisting that I was fine and did not need medical attention.

In hindsight, that accident was the catalyst for so much of what was to direct the rest of my life.

From that point on, I suffered continual stiffness and chronic pain in my neck and shoulders. This eventually began to affect my mental well-being, suffering a deep depression and severe anxiety, and I began to self-medicate with whatever I could get my hands on. As you can imagine, that didn’t go well. After 8 years of substance abuse, I finally took the decision that I did not want to die, and so I cleaned up my act, found my life partner and we had 2 kids. Still to this day, looking back, the fact that I carried 2 babies with a spine broken in 2 places blows my mind! Needless to say, it was very uncomfortable.

Whilst so much was going right in my life, I was still dealing daily with chronic pain. By the time I was 38, the pain had become unbearable. I couldn’t function past 1pm, anxiety and fatigue were at an all-time high. At least twice a week, I would have the most violent migraines, and I lost all feeling from my knees down. I couldn’t sleep because unbeknownst to me I had tiny bone spurs growing into my spinal cord. It took me a while…Like 22 years, but I finally realised that something was seriously wrong.

After visits to a GP and various specialists, I ended up with an orthopaedic surgeon who, after MRI scans, picked up that I had two very badly herniated disks in my neck. I was then referred to a neurosurgeon which led to me having emergency surgery in the form of a double spinal fusion.

It was during the months between my first visit to the GP and the surgery that I picked up an unpleasant, and very unexpected addiction. I was prescribed Tramacet (later changed to Tramadol as the Tramacet wasn’t strong enough) and Trepiline (an opiate and a benzodiazepine) by the GP to manage pain after my first visit. I had been assured by both the GP and subsequently the neurosurgeon that Tramadol was a perfectly safe, non-addictive medication.

I was on these meds for roughly 3 months before going in for the surgery. It was during my post-op recovery that I discovered I was experiencing withdrawal from my medication. The withdrawals were hideous. Even the morphine I was receiving for pain management after the surgery wasn’t able to mask the Tramadol withdrawal. In my experience, Tramadol withdrawal was 100 times worse than heroin withdrawal. I went straight back onto the Tramadol – I had to.

This surgery was not the end of the story. The fusion failed due to dodgy hardware that the surgeon implanted, and further surgery followed. All the while I was trying to manage pain, hold down a job, look after two children and try to wean myself off the Tramadol. It wasn’t working. I had to find a way to get off the Tramadol and yet remain functional.

It was through my research on the internet that I came across kratom. I read story after story about how people in the US had managed to get off opiates comfortably, using Kratom. I ordered some online. And was completely blown away! I was expecting it would help somewhat, but it took the withdrawals away completely! I was able to start a new job on day one of being off Tramadol. I used Kratom to get me through the first 3 months and then weaned off without an issue, except that the Tramadol and Trepiline had messed up my brain so badly, I now suffered severe debilitating anxiety, and I still required a third surgery to implant a titanium disk into my lumber spine, so again, in serious pain. So, I went back onto the Kratom, and once again, it changed my life, managing all these issues in one safe, natural plant.

It was this experience that fired a very passionate interest in Kratom and other natural plant-based medicines, but for the severity of my symptoms, Kratom really was the only thing that worked whilst still being able to manage my very busy life. I dedicated over 3 years to researching and educating South Africans about Kratom, which ultimately led me to creating the successful business I have today. It’s a truly wonderful thing to be able to help others who share stories similar to my own. So, there you have it, there was definitely purpose to all the ‘challenges’ I’ve faced since that jumping castle accident all those years ago.

On a final note, I’m well aware that there is a good deal of negative press about kratom. This doesn’t come as a surprise when one considers that it is not controlled by the pharmaceutical industry. I like to remind people how marijuana was, until very recently categorised as an illegal, potentially dangerous substance. It’s now being touted as a new wonder drug. One just has to read the testimonials (or watch YouTube videos) of the many, many people who have successfully come off multiple addictive and dangerous substances with kratom.

 

The many benefits of Kratom

The Many Benefits of Kratom

The definition of “Holistic” is: “the belief that all the separate parts of something combine to make up the whole”. Our physical health and mental wellbeing are intrinsically interconnected, so to be truly holistically healthy means to have a good balance between physical fitness, mental health and everything in between.

 

Kratom is a truly Holistic medicine, as it offers a myriad of positive mental and physical health benefits that can often help to address several health issues simultaneously.

 

People who start using Kratom for one particular problem, often find that it is actually also helping them with other issues they hadn’t even considered. For example, someone who tries Kratom as an alternative to the painkillers their doctor has prescribed are pleasantly surprised by their decreased anxiety and stress levels. Alternatively, someone who’s using Kratom specifically for anxiety relief may notice that it also works brilliantly to reduce their aches and pains from Arthritis or Gout.

 

Everything in our body works together, so improving one aspect of your physical or mental health can have a beneficial knock-on effect in various other areas. When we are experiencing pain, it’s not just a physical issue; it has a negative effect on our mental wellbeing, our mood, energy levels and numerous other things. Those who suffer from depression are well aware of how physically debilitating and draining their symptoms can be. One medical problem can feed into another and finding solutions that work in a more balanced way is key. Ultimately, the less medications we consume the happier our bodies will be so if one natural preparation can replace several pharmaceuticals, that can only be a positive thing.

 

The three most popular uses for Kratom are for pain relief, help with depression and anxiety, and as an aid for concentration or improved focus, but there are a wide range of other benefits on offer. All medicines have side effects, but Kratom seems to have some side-benefits too.

 

In terms of physical health, it can effectively balance our blood pressure by modulating our blood flow and adrenal responses. It’s also very rich in antioxidants which protect our bodies from all sorts of natural deterioration and cellular damage. It helps the body produce more Melanin in our skin cells which protects us from sun damage from the inside out. Most users report increased libido and sexual vitality and say that it acts as an aphrodisiac as well as increases stamina; which must be why fitness fanatics and exercise junkies love it for its performance boosting properties.

 

Kratom has a mild diuretic effect which can be good for the kidneys, helping to expel more impurities in our urine and it also acts as a tonic for the liver. This was first noticed in studies into the use of Kratom as a treatment for opioid addiction and plays a part in how well it works to help users in recovery from a variety of substance abuse problems but particularly for opioids.

 

As with many alternative medications, there is never enough legitimate medical research available but Kratom advocates swear by it, and it seems to be genuinely helping millions of people every day. It’s a multipurpose all natural substance that can be used for a broad range of health issues, and as research grows and more clinical studies are completed we will have a better understanding of its complex pharmacology. Someday more people will benefit from all the many benefits of Kratom.

A leaf for all seasons Kratom

A Leaf For All Seasons

Anyone interested in alternative medicine may have heard a new buzzword in the Health & Wellness industry, and that word is ‘Kratom’.

 

Derived from the leaves of an indigenous South East Asian tree, Kratom is loved by a wide range of users for a multitude of uses. From pain relief to sleep disorders, improved focus to weight management; it helps with so many different problems that it sounds like a panacea or miracle medicine! It’s most common use is as a natural alternative to antidepressants and anxiety medications, and it has proven to be incredibly beneficial and very well tolerated with far fewer side effects than prescription medicines.

 

In Thailand it is mainly used as a general tonic to increase concentration and improve energy for workers with physically demanding jobs. For this reason, Kratom has become a popular alternative to stimulants used to treat ADHD and other focus related problems, or even as an energy booster for sports and exercise enthusiasts.

 

For depression, anxiety, focus and energy, green and white strains are usually best and a small dose is adequate for most people. As with any medication it’s always safest to start with a low dose and increase it slowly until you find the benefits you’re looking for. Kratom takes effect very quickly, so if you haven’t noticed any improvement after twenty minutes, you could try a little more as required.

 

Kratom is also very popular as a natural painkiller to treat moderate and even severe and/or chronic pain, and is far less harmful than pharmaceuticals. It interacts with our opioid receptors providing the same potent effect as prescription medicines, and it has become an indispensable alternative for opioid replacement, aiding with the awful withdrawal symptoms associated with opioid drugs.

 

For severe or chronic pain and for opioid withdrawal, we recommend gold and red strains and larger doses may be required. As with any natural medicine, a premium quality product that you can trust is vital and Kratom For Africa prides itself on quality and support. If you’re curious about this amazing plant, get in touch with our knowledgeable team today.

Kratom Plant Medicine Vs. Big Pharma

Chronic pain, anxiety & stress disorders

Kratom, a natural alternative to pharmaceutical drugs

Chronic pain, anxiety and stress disorders are among the top medical disorders globally. It’s safe to assume that the 2020/21 COVID-19 pandemic will only go further to exacerbate stress and anxiety levels. The cure? For many, it will be the prescription of pharmaceutical drugs.

The irony of this is, that prescription pharmaceuticals are one of the biggest contributors to substance use disorder, one of the top 10 medical disorders in the US*. The abuse of prescription drugs globally has become a serious problem and it’s on the rise. But the issue goes beyond drug abuse – there’s the substantial negative health side effects of many pharma drugs.

It’s becoming ever-more apparent that the big pharmaceutical companies are not always acting in the best interests of peoples’ health. In the USA, “only 28 percent of Americans have a good opinion of Big Pharma. In fact, Big Pharma is the second most hated industry in America. It’s right behind the tobacco industry and the oil, gas and chemical industry.”** Just visit the Wikipedia page of List of largest pharmaceutical settlements (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_largest_pharmaceutical_settlements) to get an idea of the pervasive lack of honesty and integrity prevalent in the pharmaceutical industry.

People are becoming increasingly aware of the negatives surrounding the pharmaceutical industry and recent years have seen a marked and growing ‘push-back’ to the use of synthetic pharmaceuticals world-wide. In 2018, it was estimated that more than 60% of the global population were using some other form of traditional/alternative medicine, the use of natural botanicals contributing the lions share. The sector has been growing at an ever-increasing rate in recent years and the trend is set to continue.

Rudolph Steiner famously stated: “For every human illness, somewhere in the world exists a plant which is the cure’’. Our ancient ancestors knew this well and we’re just beginning to rediscover this important truth now in the 21st century.

Returning to chronic pain, anxiety and stress disorders, there is a growing list of natural alternative remedies becoming available. Kratom is one such natural alternative.

Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is a tropical evergreen tree in the coffee family native to Southeast Asia. It is indigenous to much of South East Asia where it’s been used in herbal medicine for centuries. It has a powerful effect on stress, depression, anxiety and energy levels. It alleviates anxiety and lifts your mood. The general feeling is happy, energetic and motivated. Kratom is unique in that it treats anxiety without drowsiness, rather enhancing and improving energy levels. 

The most pronounced effects of Kratom are similar to opiate medication, in that it provides pain relief, but also increases energy levels and alleviates anxiety and depression. The strength of Kratom is comparable to Tramadol and Codeine.

Kratom treats pain in many different ways. It blocks the pain signals to the brain in the same way that opioid medication does, it acts as an anti-inflammatory, and it and  relaxes the muscles. Kratom also treats the emotional and mental symptoms that often accompany chronic pain such as depression, anxiety, sleeplessness and fatigue.

Kratom is undoubtably an excellent and healthier alternative to synthetic pharmaceuticals, however, it’s always a good idea to do one’s own research and take responsibility for what you put into your body. There is a great deal of information online about kratom, not all of it positive but it’s worth bearing in mind, with many of the negative articles, where their allegiance lies – are they a part of the medical establishment/pharmaceutical industry? Marijuana and its extracts were also demonised until only recently.

For more information and where to purchase Kratom, go to buykratomsouthafrica.co.za.

 

 

*USA Today 24th Oct 2018

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sponsor-story/blue-cross-blue-shield-association/2018/10/24/these-top-10-health-conditions-affecting-americans/1674894002/

Exploring Kratom

 

Kratom, a natural botanical native to the lush landscapes of Southeast Asia, carries within it a treasure trove of potential benefits that have intrigued and captivated both traditional healers and modern wellness enthusiasts alike. The leaves of this remarkable tree, scientifically known as Mitragyna speciosa, have been employed for generations in Southeast Asian cultures for their diverse array of therapeutic effects. As the world becomes more attuned to alternative approaches to health, kratom has stepped into the limelight as a potential source of natural well-being.

 

Centuries of Traditional Wisdom:

 

At the heart of kratom’s story lies its centuries-old tradition of use. Indigenous communities in countries like Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia have long recognized the potent analgesic properties of kratom. In their quest for relief from ailments such as chronic pain and arthritis, these communities have looked to kratom leaves as a source of natural solace. Its ability to provide pain relief without the synthetic compounds found in conventional medications has earned it a special place in the realm of natural remedies.

 

Versatile Strains for Varied Needs:

 

One of the most captivating aspects of kratom is its inherent versatility, manifested through its diverse strains and vein colors. Each strain boasts its unique set of properties, making kratom a truly customizable experience. The red vein kratom, renowned for its calming effects, offers a respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life, promoting relaxation and tranquility. On the other end of the spectrum, the white vein kratom awakens the senses, providing an invigorating burst of energy that’s perfect for those seeking focus and motivation. Nestled in between, the green vein kratom strikes a balance, offering pain relief and mental clarity in a harmonious blend. This kaleidoscope of choices empowers individuals to select the strain that aligns best with their needs.

 

A Holistic Approach to Mood Management:

 

In a world where stress, anxiety, and depression are increasingly prevalent, kratom emerges as a potential ally in the quest for emotional well-being. The mood-enhancing effects of certain kratom strains have been noted by individuals seeking a natural way to manage their mental and emotional states. Those burdened by the weight of anxiety find solace in the soothing effects of certain strains, while the clouds of depression may lift with the assistance of mood-boosting varieties.

 

A Bridge to Recovery:

 

In recent times, kratom has stepped onto the stage as a potential tool for individuals navigating the challenging path of opioid withdrawal. The properties of kratom that interact with opioid receptors in the brain have led some to explore its use as a supportive aid during the withdrawal process. However, it’s important to approach this potential application with caution, under the guidance of healthcare professionals, as the mechanisms involved are complex and not yet fully understood.

 

Navigating a Developing Landscape:

 

As interest in kratom grows, so does the need for responsible use and accurate information. The rising popularity of this botanical remedy underscores the importance of consulting healthcare professionals and conducting thorough research before integrating kratom into one’s wellness regimen. The scientific community continues to explore the depths of kratom’s potential, shedding light on its benefits and potential risks.

 

In the world of wellness, where personal journeys are as diverse as the individuals themselves, kratom presents an intriguing option for those seeking a natural, holistic approach to health. Just as every individual is unique, so too are their responses to various substances. Thus, embarking on the kratom journey should be a well-informed and thoughtful decision, guided by the principles of moderation and respect for one’s body.

 

In Conclusion:

 

Kratom’s journey from ancient traditions to modern wellness is a testament to its captivating potential. Its pain-relieving, mood-enhancing, and energy-boosting properties paint a picture of a versatile herbal remedy with a deep history. As the world embraces the possibilities of natural wellness, kratom stands as a noteworthy player in this evolving landscape, offering individuals an opportunity to explore the benefits of this fascinating botanical treasure.