As part of the coffee family, kratom leaves have been consumed for centuries by our ancestors. Kratom is known to have a stimulating and pain relief effect.
Kratom is traditionally used as a medicinal plant in Kalimantan and another Southeast Asian mainland, such as Malaysia, Thailand, and Myanmar. A scientific study revealed Kratom had become a plant that is consumed by the people of southern Thailand and northern Malaysia. Kratom is believed to help reduce pain, relax, prevent fatigue, and help opium addicts to stop. The benefits have also been heard throughout the world until it is very popular in the United States.
What is Kratom
Before discussing the benefits and risks, it helps us to know what Kratom is. Kratom is still a family with coffee ( Rubiaceae ). This tropical plant can grow as high as 4 to 16 meters. Kratom farmers usually use leaves that have a width that exceeds the palm of an adult’s hand. So far, there are around 300,000 farmers in Kalimantan who rely on Kratom for their livelihoods. In one day, three farmers can pick 200 kilograms of kratom leaves, which, if dry, will shrink to one-tenth. The dried leaves are then formed into crumbs to look like dried green tea leaves.
If you mention coffee, it is certain that almost everyone will understand, but it will be a different story if we discuss Kratom, even though the actual Kratom leaf (Mitragyna speciose) also includes plants that come from the coffee family. The interior of Kalimantan is known to be a global source of production and export of the kratom plant (Mitragynaspeciosa), a leaf that is hailed by some as a ‘miracle drug’ to deal with various diseases—starting from opioid addiction, pain relief, to overcome anxiety.
At present, Kratom is sold in powder form and exported worldwide, and this has worried some health regulators who are worried about the safety of the consumption of these plants. Although it is considered ‘dangerous’ in fact, Kratom has long been used by Indonesian people as a ‘miracle drug’ for all ailments, from opioid addiction, pain relief, to overcoming anxiety.
The popularity of the properties of this leaf has also been recognized by a number of other Southeast Asian countries, such as Malaysia to Papua New Guinea since centuries ago. Kratom leaves are usually dried and make their powder. Kratom powder consumed by measuring as much as one teaspoon put on the tongue, then you have to swallow it with water.
Kratom powder is unique in dose dosage; if it consumed in small doses will cause an increase in energy (a stimulant), but if consumed in large doses, it will be a pain reliever, analgesic, relieving insomnia. Kratom is suitable for consumption by people who have psychological disorders such as depression and anxiety, or people who work at high pressure and need physical fitness.
Benefits of Kratom for the Body
Kratom is known to have benefits as a stimulant (energy booster) such as coffee. And here are the other benefits of Kratom;
· Increases Focus and Concentration
· Helps calm
· Improves mood and euphoria
· Boosts body immunity
· Boosts energy
· Boosts sexual arousal
· Helps reduce pain
· Overcomes insomnia
· Overcomes drug addiction
In low doses, Kratom can have a stimulant effect, making a person feel he has more energy, is more alert, and is happier. The main active ingredients of Kratom are the alkaloid mitragynine and 7-hydroxy mitragynine, which have been proven to provide analgesic, anti-inflammatory, or muscle relaxant effects, so Kratom is often used to relieve symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is an intolerance to stress and pain that is usually characterized by pain in the body, difficulty sleeping, and fatigue. However, if Kratom is used in high doses (about 10 to 25 grams or more),Kratom can have a sedative effect such as narcotics. Even the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) says that excessive kratom consumption can cause psychotic symptoms and psychological addiction.
Albeth Frimansyah, a kratom drinker, wrote the reason he consumed Kratom. He tells the reason why he needs Kratom.
“I realize that not everyone agrees to consume Kratom. Apart from being considered complicated, also legal issues are still gray. Some say Kratom is addictive. Naturally, because I already feel addicted to Kratom myself. If the first two days one strain (type), now one day can cause two strains. But, an addiction that I feel for positive purposes. Caring for and waiting for the sick requires energy and mental strength. I consume Kratom in addition to being able to reduce stress levels, and it also makes me sleep more soundly,”
According to Albert, kratom functions as an economical herbal treatment.”Are there foods/drinks that are not addictive? Sugar, oil, flour, cigarettes, depression medications, sleeping pills, and many are addictive but damaging. While Kratom? In my opinion, this is one of the cheap alternative natural health supplements for energy.