Medical or Therapeutic uses
In traditional medicine, people use Kratom to treat pain, opiate
withdrawal, as a coffee or stimulant substitute, and diarrhea
among many other uses. A small minority of users take it to
prolong or intensify sexual intercourse.
Moderate to Severe Pain
Kratom is used as an alternative to over the counter and even
furthermore, prescription pain medicine. Whether the patient
prefers an alternative method of pain relief, cannot deal with
the negative side effects and tolerance build up with
prescription pain meds, or is feeling the economic times with
health insurance and high priced health care, Kratom is becoming
very well known. Kratom has been reported to have taken the
place of brand name drugs like Hydrocodone or Oxycodone for
individuals, all the way to weaning people off of Heroin.
All over the world Kratom is often used as a substitute for
opium when opium is unavailable, or for moderate to severe
opiate addiction. Kratom is used to gradually wean the user off
narcotics. Instantly or within a few days, the addict would stop
use of the narcotic they are addicted to, and the cravings and
withdrawal will be moderated by the binding of Kratomís
alkaloids to the opioid receptors. Kratom could also perhaps be
used as a maintenance drug for addicts not wishing to quit but
trying to moderate an out of hand addiction. In more recent
times, Kratom has been used in New Zealand for methadone
addiction detox. Kratom was taken whenever the patient
experienced withdrawal symptoms, over a 6 week treatment period.
In 1999, Pennapa Sapcharoen, director of the National Institute
of Thai Traditional Medicine in Bangkok said that Kratom could
be prescribed both to opiate addicts and to patients suffering
from depression, but stressed that further research is needed.
Mood and Anxiety
According to several sources Kratom also affects your mood and
lower anxiety. It is widely known that Kratom can have a
positive effect on your mood, but there have been no studies on
the long-term use.
WARNING: Depression and anxiety are chronic illnesses and if you
suffer from them, you should visit a medical specialist.
Amazingly, Kratom is widely used to treat diarrhea as an
effective and natural substitute to over the counter or
Adult Attention Deficit Disorder
It has been reported that Kratom can also be used to treat the
symptoms of Adult Attention Deficit Disorder, but very little is
known about this. It is believed that Kratomís stimulating
effects are an effective tool against ADD.
Kratom, and more specifically mitragynine, is known for its
positive effects on your mood. It stimulates your body and thus
increases activity. Traditionally, Kratom was mostly used as a
stimulant by Thai peasants, laborers, and farmers who used the
plant to overcome the burdens of their hard work and meager
existences. These people use Kratom on a daily basis. Some
studies have found no addiction problems in villagers using
Kratom, while others apparently have. Heavy users may ingest
Kratom between 3 and 10 times a day. While new users may only
need a few grams or capsules to obtain the desired effects. In
some parts of the country, it was said that parents would choose
to give their daughters in marriage to men who used Kratom. The
belief is that Kratom users are hard working. This belief is
also maintained by many of the users themselves, who report
beginning use because of a desire to work more efficiently, and
who say using the drug gives them a strong desire to do work.
Consequently, Kratom has the dubious honor of being banned in
the country it originated from and has been used traditionally
In recent years Kratom has gained popularity as recreational
drug, due to its narcotic-like effects, producing feelings of
euphoria similar to prescription opiates. It is a good
alternative for real narcotics, because it is legal to possess
in most all but 9 countries and it is not strongly addictive.
There are different methods of using Kratom. Most users describe
the effects as stimulating and euphoric, for some it also has a
relaxing and analgesic effect. People report feeling euphoric,
and still energetic enough to function completely normal. Most
sources say that it is a stimulant in lower servings, becoming
sedative in higher servings. If an individual is using illicit
drugs for recreation, Kratom is a natural substitute and has
proven to aid in withdrawals.