You have heard about the different thinks that human consume, some can be narcotic, and some may be organic. But have you heard about Kratom? In this article, we will explore why Kratom is increasingly gaining acceptance in the world of medical science and technology.
What is Kratom?
The scientific name of Kratom is Mitragyna Speciosa grown in the Southeast Asian region. It belongs to the coffee family (Rubiaceae) and belongs to the both evergreen and deciduous species. It is consumed as a kind of herbal medicine from time immemorial by the people of Indochina and Malesia region. It is mostly found in Thailand and is grown extensively throughout the country. It is generally used as a sedative for painkiller, diarrhoea and to treat any kind of opium addiction. The leaves have high medicinal value and it can be chewed to treat any kind of illness.
History of Kratom
Although Kratom has been gaining reputation off late, but the history of Kratom dates back to the early 19th century by Pieter Willem Korthals, who was a botanist with the English East India Company. History also states that a person named Low first brought this to attention, when he saw the workers of Malaysia consuming it as a recreational drink after a day of hard labour. E.M.Holmes mentioned it as Mitragyna Speciosa. L. Wray stated in 1907 that Kratom can also be used as chewing and smoking, apart from the drinking factor.
Scientific Research on Kratom
A number of scientific and medicinal research is being carried out on Kratom, to study its therapeutic use and its function as a healing agent. The US National Library of Medicine has done and extensive research on Kratom. Websites like WebMD.com, Erowid.org, Kratomystic.com have a number of articles enlisted on the use of kratom and its medicinal effects. Some of the articles suggest kratom to be widely used for healing pain, some states it’s benefits as fighting drug addiction. Strains such as Maeng Da Kratom powder help fight stress and depression, as when the leaves are chewed it produces a liquid which acts as a stimulant. In addition to that, many recent publications enlist kratom to be used for fighting problems relating to self-esteem and other psychological causes. Research has analysed that it can be consumed as capsules and tablets, besides being taken raw. More varied and extensive researches are on its way to establishing kratom for clinical usages and as a medicinal herb. Nausea, irritability, bowel problems etc have been found to be curable by Kratom when taken in a lower dose.
Legal Status of Kratom
Kratom has been legalised across the South-east Asian region. Legal research says that among the 195 countries of the world, only 4 have now so far effectively legalize Kratom- Australia, Thailand, Malaysia and Burma. It is also legal in the US where the use of this plant has been legally protected. Shipping, purchasing, consuming of kratom is legal in the US where it registers a high rate of consumers. States like Arizona, Vermont, Hawaii, California and Washington State uses Kratom freely as a therapeutic medicine and also as a source of refreshment.