Introduction to Using Kratom

Kratom is a tropical tree growing in the South Eastern part of Asia. It has been known for its benefits on health from ages ago. This naturally occurring medicine has been used popularly for relieving pains and alleviating depression and anxiety symptoms. You can readily find kratom vendors online or around your local area. Although it is a good cure for many ailments, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not been able to approve it. They advise people not to taking this form of treatment because of its many side effects. There are many ongoing discussions and researches to improve the uses of kratom and to reduce the side effects caused by using it as a medical remedy.

What is Kratom?

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It is a plant that contains chemical compounds and can be used to tame symptoms of some diseases. Its scientific name is Mytragyna Speciosa. This plant has been used for many centuries by the eastern countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia to treat a wide variety of health problems. It can also be used as a way to improve one’s mood. On intake, it can help reduce anxiety, eliminate pain, improve sleep and productivity and increase motivation. Kratom can provide a general sense of well-being for your body.

How It Works

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When ingested, its chemical contents react with the body. Mitragynine is an alkaloid, and it is one of the chemical compounds found in kratom. Its concentration in dried leaves is 1.2% – 2.1%. It works by joining the opioid receptors in the nervous systems to treat the symptoms. Taking a small dose of it will make it act as a stimulant while taking it in large doses will make it act as a sedative. It can have some side effects such as nausea and vomiting, dry mouth and others, but it works well in reducing pain and inducing sleep. It has even been used to treat chronic illnesses.


Kratom leaves can be eaten raw, and it will still give you its medicinal effects. If you prefer taking it in other ways, you can find it in a powder form, liquid form, tablet and capsule form. The dried leaves of kratom can be taken by brewing as tea. You can dilute the powder form in water and drink it or swallow in pill form. The mode of intake does not affect the concentration of mitragynine.


With different doses having different effects on the body, it is important to know the right dose for you if you are new to this. Remember that it is a stimulant when taken in small quantities and a sedative when taken in large amounts. You should determine what the right quantity is best for you, depending on what condition you want to treat.