Most people who suffer from chronic pain will try just about anything. However, most have not even heard of kratom—an incredibly strong and effective plant that can ease some of their pain.
What is kratom?
The kratom tree is native to Southeast Asia, and is quite close in nature to the coffee tree. The leaves are ingested in a variety of ways according to different cultures and traditions, and can help with a number of ailments—including pain, anxiety, and even withdrawal symptoms caused by commonly prescribed painkillers.
How to take kratom
Kratom tastes very similar to tea leaves, which is why so many cultures in Southeast Asia use kratom in tea form. In the areas where the tree grows, most people prefer to eat the raw leaves (like a small salad). Since many people do not have access to the trees, it’s common to dry the tough leaves and grind them into a powder form. This powder can then be added to chocolate milk, or mixed in with water and honey to create an iced tea flavor.
Like most herbal remedies, kratom is also available in capsule form. However, it tends to take longer to work when ingested in this way, and the effects are not as potent. This is due to the fact that the herb takes longer to digest in capsule form. If you have chronic pain, you should try the powder form in small doses first, as people vary in their sensitivity to kratom. You can then gradually increase the dosage until you work out the strength that best suits your condition.
Why haven’t I heard of kratom?
Kratom has been kept as an ancient secret for a reason. A few countries have banned the use of kratom powder due to the severe lack of scientific education regarding the plant. In the U.S., most states are allowed to order kratom (and most of the production companies exist in California), but many American users claim that the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) wants to first ban the supplement in order to gain control over distribution. More regulation would create more jobs for the FDA, and it could also raise the cost of kratom due to simple supply and demand.
So, buy this herbal remedy while you can! As a former sufferer of severe chronic pain, I hesitated to spread the word about kratom, in order to protect the access that some states still have.
How do I choose the right type?
There are about five main types of kratom leaves, and they vary in color. The red Thai leaf (which is so-called because it has a red stem) may be more potent than others. In addition, some of the types work better for pain, depending upon the type of pain you are experiencing. For example, sciatica and herniated disc pain can be excruciating, so many companies (however small) offer a sample box that allows individuals to discover which strain best alleviates their pain.
What are the side effects?
This is the miracle of kratom—there are barely any side effects! People could not even overuse this medication if they wanted to, because the body rejects large quantities. Therefore, the only side effect is an upset stomach, and this only occurs when incredibly large quantities of kratom are ingested.
Government regulation occurred due to the assumptions that since this herbal remedy works for chronic pain, it must necessarily act as a sort of narcotic. However, this claim lacks scientific backing.
Chronic pain sufferers understand how debilitating pain can be to both the body and mind. Many with fibromyalgia, for example, may become slightly depressed. It becomes exhausting to carry on with work and other responsibilities—especially with a happy face. If this sounds familiar, you may be relieved to hear that kratom can also severely reduce anxiety.
While this herbal remedy does not cause a euphoric feeling like many manmade Western pain killers, it can keep you feeling relaxed under pressure. Chronic pain sufferers have more responsibilities in the home than most, because every activity takes away the little strength (and morale) they have left. Kratom helps the body to reduce the stress of pain associated with activity, and can create a much more manageable existence.
Kratom vs. narcotics
Let’s be honest—being on strong painkillers is not the worst feeling in the world. However, it comes with a catch. Narcotics like oxycodone and hydrocodone are habit-forming. Even the strongest person in the world is at risk of developing an addition, because these medications change the chemistry of your body. Just like alcohol, your tolerance for the drug goes up over time, causing many people to take more narcotics in order to achieve pain relief and boost functionality throughout the day. As a result, most states have cracked down on prescription drugs so much that chronic pain sufferers are no longer getting the relief they need. In fact, many who ask for these drugs are viewed as addicts, which is incredibly unfair to those with high levels of pain. Caregivers who have not experienced chronic pain themselves can struggle to understand why people become desperate for something that helps them maintain their job performance.
In contrast, kratom is non-habit forming. Although it does not always eliminate pain entirely, it can create the amount of relief needed to function. It is also fantastic for eliminating any withdrawal symptoms from other manmade pain killers.