Kratom - An ancient remedy poorly understood by modern man


The Kratom tree - a traditional medicinal natural herbal remedy from Thailand and other parts of South-East Asia.

Modern mankind has an ego problem. We tend to believe that unless we invented or discovered it then it isn’t important or useful, even as we go around the world destroying ancient cultures that may already know something that we could find really useful. Is there an AIDS or Ebola treatment out there that is only known in a few Congolese villages?

A number of plants that we didn’t discover it seems, are vilified for their ‘potential for abuse’ such as marijuana and lately, a tea like bush called Mitragyna speciosa (also known as kratom or ketum). Kratom has been used for thousands of years as an effective remedy for things as diverse as inflammation and even opiate addiction yet because you can get a little buzz from it authorities such as the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) are taking a dim view of it and potentially removing the herb from the hands of scientists who are even now eagerly studying it.

Health benefits of kratom

South East Asian tribes have been using kratom for a wide variety of reasons. It is well documented that kratom has been used “for opiate addiction, as an anti-inflammatory, something that stops intestinal problems, and an alternative to coffee for a lift in the morning.” Over the last decade, it has become increasingly popular to buy kratom online.

A piece of recent medical research showed that, “Traditionally M. speciosa has been used to wean addicts off heroin addiction, to treat diarrhea improve blood circulation and to treat diabetes. However, there are also reports that the leaves are mainly used as a stimulant to enable laborers to endure physical fatigue.” It isn’t just coffee that can help you through the day.

One of the key health benefits of kratom is that it helps treat opiate addiction. While some people might sniff at this, imagining that an opiate addict is just a needle using junkie living in a cardboard box, in fact a majority of opiate addicts started out taking prescription medicine for pain and ended up hopelessly hooked. The doctor got them hooked - not the dealer. Another piece of research showed the excitement that many scholars have about the potential of kratom: “The claims of so many subjects on the benefits of kratom merits serious scientific investigation. If prolonged use is safe, the potential for widening the scope and reach of substitution therapy and lowering its cost are tremendous, particularly in developing countries.”

Drug of abuse?

The hit from kratom isn’t the sort you’d enjoy from a joint of marijuana: it is closer to that of coffee. Cut coffee from the world’s economy and watch millions if not billions of people starve.

While there are real and tangible health benefits to using kratom, instead the authorities focus narrowly on its potential for abuse. This is somewhat ironic as kratom is very good at helping people get over their opiate addictions. Despite opiates being widely abused around the world, what would happen to medicine if opiates were banned from medicine? No morphine, no painkillers, and even the widely used NSAID Panadol would be withdrawn from your pharmacy shelves. Modern medicine would be on the floor and in need of urgent treatment!

Criminalize or study?

It is widely understood that as Europeans invaded and subjugated other nations around the world, so they subjugated or even killed off their knowledge. Only now are people waking up to this gross error, but our governments have a long way to go before they accept that perhaps scientists should be allowed to have a good, long look before herbs used for Millennia are thrown on the ‘dangerous drugs pile’ and banned.

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