Mitragyna speciosa, named by the dutch botanist Pieter Willem Korthals, is a tree that has been used in Thailand, Malaysia and other southeast asian countries for millennia.
Co-existing together, indigenous people probably soon discovered the analgesic and stimulating effects of the tall tree that grows in big forests along damp and swampy areas.
Since then it has been used as a stimulant, to improve work productivity, especially by peasants who labor all day long in the sweltering sun of southeast Asia, to suppress hunger and improve stamina and endurance.
While it is not considered a taboo or a social stigma for men to be a regular Kratom eater, apparently, society in Malaysia or Thailand does not as easily accept female users, nevertheless its use as medicine is equally widespread amongst women.
Its excellent pain relieving effect made it a popular medicinal herb that can be used for various purposes, topical and internal. A paste made of fresh leaves put on a cut or scratch instantly deadens the pain.
Fresh leaves crushed with salt and applied to the forehead were used to cure headaches.
Dried leaves ingested as a tea or paste are an excellent remedy for diarrhea, fever, pain, cough and diabetes.
Probably because of the light euphoric and stimulating effect it was and still is a traditional welcome snack for social gatherings and it also plays a part in religious rituals.
The use of stimulants, mood and performance enhancers and other substances that satisfy humanities desires is as old as humanity itself. Nature provides us with an infinite number of options, some of them dangerous, others that seem designed for humans pleasure and need.
Thankfully today, with our knowledge and devices, we can find the substances that minimize physical or mental harm and optimize our wellbeing.
For example, when the abuse of opium became a problem in the nineteenth century, native people began using kratom as a withdrawal medicine. Additionally, to numbing the pains of opiate withdrawal, the muscle-relaxing and mind calming properties are extremely helpful for addicts.
Because of its safety, it is legal in most countries around the world, but like all drugs it should be used responsibly and occasionally.
All information is purely for educational and informative purposes.