Kratom has been getting a lot of press in recent months. Whether it’s released by the FDA about the dangers of this “killer” drug or positive stories about the people whose lives have been changed by an all-natural plant and herbal medication, chances are you’ve heard lots of different things about the effects of kratom in the news, on social media, and maybe even from friends or family who use it.
At Growers Choice, we really do want to bring you honest and up-to-date information on the potential of this plant. At this point, most of what we can share with you is anecdotal – it’s not scientifically “proven” but rather shared by the hundreds of thousands of people who have used the herb for months or years to treat any number of ailments. Without further ado, then, here are some potential benefits of kratom, anecdotal and unproven, of which you might not be aware!
*Please note that this article was written in 2021 and may not include current information or research.*
The Possible Helpful Effects of Kratom
Kratom’s Anti-Inflammatory Effects
Inflammation can cause all kinds of nasty symptoms including joint soreness, burning sensation, aching, and rigidity in the joints, and loss of mobility. Some studies show that kratom is an anti-inflammatory. Of the many alkaloids found in the kratom plant, these are a few compounds in the plant that are thought to have anti-inflammatory properties:
- mitragynine (the most prevalent alkaloid in kratom)
There are far too few studies to suggest kratom be prescribed for inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and irritable bowel disorder.
Kratom’s Anti-Diarrheal Effects
In addition to anecdotal reports of people with various GI tract and autoimmune diseases, preliminary animal tests showed similar anti-diarrheal effects in rats, though only one compound in the plant seemed to have this effect.
Kratom’s Effects on the Immune System
Though some people claim that alkaloids in kratom may boost immune system function, there does not seem to be many studies supporting this. Specifically, prompnents claim Mitraphylline, Isopteropodine, Isorhynchophylline (we’ll let you sound that one out for yourself!), and Epicatechin show some potential. Some scientists who have studied the consumption of these alkaloids by certain tribes and theorize they contribute to prolonged health. However, many of these immune-affecting alkaloids are also found in tea, nightshade vegetables, and cocoa, which don’t have the potential dangers of kratom.
Kratom and the Libido
Many kratom users claim that energizing kratom strains improve their sexual experience and enjoyment, though overuse is said to have negative impacts on the same. There are a few small studies on this topic, but far more research is needed for the results to be conclusive.