7 Impressive Benefits of Kratom Leaves
Some of the most interesting health benefits of kratom leaves include their ability to lower blood pressure, relieve pain, boost metabolism, increase sexual energy, improve the immune system, prevent diabetes, ease anxiety, help with addiction, eliminate stress, and induce healthy sleep. Traditionally leaves were chewed or steeped into a tea. Today the leaves are dried and powered to be used in dietary supplements, as a tea, taken in straight powder form or in capsule like we sell here at Urban Tree Kratom.
What are Kratom Leaves?
Kratom scientific name “mitragyna speciosa”, is a tree in the coffee family native to Southeast Asia. Its leaves have been consumed in countries like Thailand and Malaysia for well over 500 years. Farmers and laborers traditionally used it in much the same way as coffee – to boost energy and increase productivity. Today Americans use kratom for things like fatigue, pain, depression, anxiety, PTSD. Kratom is now consumed in the U.S. just like other herbal supplements and remedies, as more and more people look to natural alternatives to manage their health. Native to Southeast Asia, kratom is a tropical deciduous tree that is widely used throughout the region for medicinal purposes.
The majority of the health benefits of kratom leaves are derived from the unique chemical compounds and nutrients found within the leaves of the plant, including a wide range of organic substances that affect many of the organ systems of the human body. The calming, soothing effects, as well as the undeniable health benefits of the leaves, are clearly positive in nature, which is what causes such a controversy in Indiana, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Vermont, Alabama, Arkansas. These states have laws based largely on the misconception that kratom is a synthetic drug. The Wisconsin Controlled Substances Board is in the process of removing its ban. Dr. Alan Bloom, Board member and professor of pharmacology and toxicology said recently, “There’s no scientific basis for it” (classifying kratom as a dangerous drug). The Florida State Senate recently recognized kratom has medicinal value and changed a bill attempting to outlaw it to allow adults to consume, possess and sell it. Essentially, kratom leaves are a substitute for opium, a highly addictive and dangerous drug, yet these leaves are seen as perfectly harmless, as regular as having a snack between meals.
One of the most obvious and widely known effects of kratom leaves is pain relief. Since the leaves were first introduced to their indigenous cultures, this has been a primary use, as the analgesic properties of the alkaloids and nutrients of the leaves can quickly relieve pain throughout the body by impacting the hormonal system. By increasing the amount of serotonin and dopamine that is released into the body, pain can be alleviated (or masked) by chewing on kratom leaves. Essentially, the alkaloids dull the pain receptors throughout the body. This morphine or opium-like quality of kratom leaves is widely regarded as its most important application.
Immune System Booster
Independent studies on the various alkaloids found in kratom leaves have shown that the combinative effects can have major effects on the strength and resilience of the immune system. While this research is still being qualified and checked, traditional and anecdotal beliefs about kratom leaves show that it can reduce the severity of illnesses or prevent illness altogether. The metabolic effects that kratom has is one of the other reasons that the leaves are so popular, particularly with laborers in various countries. It can increase your energy levels by optimizing certain metabolic processes and impacting hormone levels. This is a result of increased circulation, despite its soothing nature, and a general increase in oxygenated blood to areas of the body that needs it, combining with increased metabolic activities to provide a burst of energy. For sufferers of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, kratom leaves are often an alternative, natural solution.
This is seen particularly in the case of sexual libido and fertility. Kratom is seen by many traditional practitioners and users as an aphrodisiac and a fertility booster, as the extra energy and blood flow can help increase fertility, re-energize a tired libido, and improve duration/conception rates.
As you can probably imagine, any substance that is able to relieve pain and cause opium-like effects on the body will also likely have an impact on the mental stability and tone of an individual. Kratom leaves are widely used as anxiolytic substances for people who suffer from chronic stress, depression, anxiety, and mood swings. By regulating the hormones in our body, people can finally get relief from these exhausting symptoms of a chemical imbalance without having to rely on pharmaceuticals and all of the implicit side effects of those drugs.
Due to the inherently healthy nature of kratom leaves, in combination with their range of effects, they have been used as a method of curing addiction for hundreds of years. In many cultures, opium addiction is a major issue, but regularly chewing on kratom leaves provides a similar sensation without the comedowns and negative side effects. Therefore, when people are attempting to “get clean” and stay that way, they often turn to kratom leaves as a tolerable solution, thereby making these leaves very valuable in many parts of the world. This also helps to cover withdrawal symptoms during the transition away from that more intense drug. Kratom is non-habit forming, unless taken in high doses for extended periods of time. Users may experience dependence (similar to caffeine dependence) and discomfort on stopping excessive, daily use abruptly. Taken in excess it will cause nausea and vomiting; its own built-in safety mechanism.
Studies have connected the use of kratom leaves to a distinct drop in blood pressure. As the leaves and their chemical components impact the body’s hormones, they also reduce inflammation throughout the body, including in the blood vessels and arteries. By relieving that tension in the cardiovascular system, kratom leaves are able to help prevent more serious heart conditions, such as atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes. Many studies have shown kratom to have positive medicinal benefits. A 2015 study in Dove Press Journal concluded kratom merits further study to develop its medical benefits, as a better opioid substitute, with fewer lethal side effects, or as an effective pain killer. A 2014 study in the Journal of Pacific Cancer Prevention even concluded the benefits of the leaves are not limited to analgesic properties but could be promising antioxidant and anti-cancer compounds. It’s no wonder at least 4 patents have been filed on the primary constituents of the plant!
One of the lesser known benefits of kratom leaves is their effect on blood sugar levels. Limited research has shown that the alkaloids found in the leaves are able to help regulate the amount of insulin and glucose is in the blood, effectively preventing the dangerous peaks and troughs that diabetics face. This can not only help diabetics manage their disorder, but also prevent it from developing in the first place.
A Final Word of Warning: Although there is no known danger, provided that the recommended amount is taken initially, some people do experience certain side effects, such as fatigue, nausea, and constipation. This is usually a first- or second-time response and your body does acclimate to the sensation. Others claim a “kratom hangover”, which includes headaches or nausea in the morning after use. This is something you can determine for yourself, based on your particular sensitivities.