Since kratom is fairly new in the Western world of medicine, there are a lot of questions around this all natural product. We are going to review one of the main questions surrounding kratom, “What are the health benefits of kratom?” and take a deeper look at some of the findings.

What have studies found?

There have been several studies conducted around kratom. We are going to review one of those studies and their findings about the common uses and health benefits of kratom. The survey we are going to review is from Johns Hopkins Medicine of more than 2,700 self-reported users of the herbal supplement, kratom. See the results below:

  • Why use kratom?
    • 91% for pain relief
    • 67% to treat anxiety
    • 64% to treat depression
    • 41% to treat opioid dependence
  • Other findings:
    • Many people reported multiple reasons for their use of kratom
      • Anxiety, irritability, depression, and insomnia

What are the health benefits of kratom?

Research has found several probable health benefits of kratom:

  • Improved Sex Drive: Kratom has been studied as a libido enhancement Researchers examined several clinical studies and concluded that kratom is an effective plant-based sexual enhancer.
  • Pain Relief: Kratom comes in three different strains, which all are effective relievers for persistent pain. White, green, and red vein varieties provide pain relief by attaching to opioid receptors. One compound found in kratom, 7-hydroxymitragynine, is 13 times more potent than morphine.
  • Mood Enhancement: Kratom is known to have several mood-enhancing effects. Reports show that kratom is an effective treatment for opioid addiction and has also been proven to help alleviate the withdrawal symptoms of morphine and ethanol. Other studies have shown that kratom has a possibility as an antidepressant and a hunger suppressant.

Who uses kratom?

The American Kratom Association (AKA), a consumer advocacy group, estimates that 10-16 million people in the U.S. regularly use kratom. Kratom is a tropical plant related to coffee trees, and found mainly in Southeast Asia. It contains a chemical called mitragynine, an alkaloid that acts on the brain opiate receptors and alters mood.

In Asia, kratom has long been used in small doses as an energy and mood booster, similar to coffee use in the West. Larger amounts of kratom are used for pain, or recreationally.

Recently, people in the West have started consuming kratom, with kratom consumption growing steadily. Some people do so for medicinal reasons, whereas others use kratom recreationally.

One 2017 survey suggests that Kratom use may alleviate pain, and might relieve the symptoms of mood disorders, such as anxiety and depression.

In conclusion

The health benefits of kratom are not fully known since kratom is fairly new to the Western world. As people continue to research and study kratom, we expect to learn of more health benefits and uses.

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