Kratom is a controversial herb that is commonly used in Asia for medicinal properties. Despite the controversy, it has numerous health benefits. Countries such as US and European have legalized its use. Other countries such as Australia, Malaysia, and Myanmar have criminalized its use. This article will review the benefits and side effects of Kratom.
Benefits of Kratom
1. Relieves Pain
Kratom has been found to have opium or morphine-like effects. Taking Kratom helps relieve chronic pain in its users. This is one of the major reasons why Kratom is used. When you take kratom, it stimulates mass production of dopamine and serotine in the body to help relieve pain.
2. Prevents Diabetes
Kratom has been found to affect the blood sugar. This makes it effective in the treatment and prevention of diabetes. It contains alkaloids that help regulate glucose and insulin levels in the blood. People who are diabetic can use kratom to control and manage their condition as well as prevent the disease from developing in the first place.
3. Improves Mood and Reduces Mental Fatigue and Anxiety
There are different types of kratom that can help you elevate your moods as well as relieve anxiety. However, you need to consider the type of kratom before you purchase. The yellow and red Kratom is good for treating anxiety. The green, yellow and white kratom are used for boosting moods.
4. Overcoming an Addiction
Kratom stimulates the opiate receptors in the brain which helps fight addiction. The intake of Kratom when trying to overcome an addiction helps reduce withdrawal symptoms and highly reduce the drug cravings. The most common withdrawal symptoms are nausea, insomnia, headaches or vomiting. Kratom is highly effective for overcoming addictions for both hard and soft drugs.
5. Boost Energy
Across ancient Asia, kratom has been used by laborers and workers to maintain high levels and improve energy. It increases the metabolic rate thus stimulating the hormones. It helps the body make oxygenated blood which is supplied to the body parts where it is needed the most. It helps increase productivity.
Side Effects of Kratom
Despite all these positive medicinal aspects of Kratom, it has a few side effects. They are:
1. Kratom is considered to be one of the most dangerous drugs, in the same category as heroin and cocaine.
2. Continuous use of kratom for a prolonged period of time can cause adverse symptoms such as hallucinations, confusion or delusions.
3. Kratom can be addictive. This is because it contains opium-like compounds that cause the addiction.
4. It causes severe physical withdrawal effects such as anorexia, low libido, muscle cramps or insomnia.
5. Psychologically withdrawal symptoms of kratom are restlessness, nervousness, anxiety and mood swings.
Kratom has numerous medicinal benefits. It can be consumed in so many different ways such as in capsules form, powder form, gum or leave extract. If you decide to use kratom, you need to weigh the benefits against the side effects.
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