The kratom plant has been used for millennia in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and other Southeast Asian countries as a treatment to manage pain, improve mood and help with various other physical and mental conditions, such as fatigue, depression and anxiety. Only very recently has kratom begun its journey in the Western world, as more and more people have discovered and proven its effectiveness.
It has been shown through scientific studies that kratom has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties (e.g., in the academic publication “Following ‘the roots’ of kratom…”). There is evidence to suggest that, at low doses, kratom can be used as an antidepressant, while at higher doses it may have an anxiolytic effect (scientific article “Kratom use and mental health: a systematic review”). Its side effects in regular doses usually do not go beyond mild dehydration, constipation and dry mouth, which can be easily controlled by hydrating more frequently.
“The people who consume kratom are usually precisely those who suffer from pain or mood alterations”.
Beyond the studies already conducted on the benefits of kratom, in practice, the great increase in the popularity of kratom for almost 20 years in the United States, and recently in Europe, shows that its efficacy and effectiveness are real. Kratom is not used as a recreational drug, as its effects are not like those of a high. The people who use it are usually precisely those who suffer from pain or mood alterations. There are many real stories with different types of situation in which kratom provided a substantial improvement in the quality of life of people who have to manage their pain due to injuries, trauma, infections, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, arthritis, period pain, migraine, multiple sclerosis, etc., in addition to many who also consume it due to depression, anxiety, food compulsion, insomnia, etc.
If you have an ongoing treatment with industrialized drugs, do discuss with your doctor how it is possible to alternate or substitute it with other substances. Our body adapts to medications, and their sudden withdrawal can be not only painful, but also dangerous. Unfortunately, kratom is little known by the medical community and, on top of that, there is a lot of prejudice and propaganda to discredit it. What I can guarantee as the author of this text is that I know many people who benefited from kratom, which helped them to improve their quality of life by being able to manage their chronic or acute pain with a natural plant that usually has no adverse effects, and when there is, it is very mild and controllable. It is a matter of trying and checking it out.