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Ever heard of Mitragyna speciosa – Kratom?

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Ever heard of Mitragyna speciosa – Kratom? No?

Well me neither.

But its a leaf – a plant – “Some people use it for managing chronic pain, opioid withdrawal, or recreationally.”

“Kratom has been traditionally chewed, in raw leaf form, by people in Thailand and especially in the southern peninsula. Kratom is often used by workers in laborious or monotonous professions to stave off exhaustion as well as a mood enhancer and/or painkiller. Kratom is also used in neighboring countries in Southeast Asia where it grows naturally. Kratom has been used in Thailand as a form of traditional medicine as an antidiarrhoeal, as a treatment for opioid use disorder, and for premature ejaculation during sexual intercourse.  As traditionally used, kratom is not seen as a drug and there is often no stigma associated with kratom use or discrimination against kratom users.”

But, in the west – it’s being banned as “having NO medical properties”

“In July, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a report stating that between 2010 and 2015 US Poison Centers received 660 reports of exposure to kratom. Medical outcomes associated with kratom exposure were reported as minor (minimal signs or symptoms, which resolved rapidly with no residual disability) for 162 (24.5%) exposures, moderate (non-life threatening, with no residual disability, but requiring some form of treatment) for 275 (41.7%) exposures, and major (life-threatening signs or symptoms, with some residual disability) for 49 (7.4%) exposures.  One death was reported in a person who was exposed to the medications paroxetine (an antidepressant) and lamotrigine (an anticonvulsant and mood stabilizer) in addition to kratom. For 173 (26.2%) exposure calls, no effects were reported, or poison center staff members were unable to follow up again regarding effects.”

Quotes and piccie from Wikipedia

“Rates of kratom use appears to be increasing among those who have been self-managing chronic pain with opioids purchased without a prescription and are cycling (but not quitting) their use. As of 2011, there have been no formal trials to study the efficacy or safety of kratom to treat opioid addiction.


But evidently Kratom WORKS.

It’s a pain-killer, medicine for diarrhea, and treatment for opiate addiction. Many people report that kratom is an effective treatment for arthritis, restless legs syndrome (RLS), and fibromyalgia.

Link to everything you want to know about Kratom here.

Dang! I’ve got restless leg syndrome – too late to try Kratom for it now.

It’s banned.

Mmm I wonder if it grows in the UK? You can buy the tea here – banning it in the UK?  Yes it IS hapenning – under discussion in Parliament now – Big Pharma will be pleased, especially as it “has NO medical properties” – and then they can promote their own stuff.

Kratom is also used for

  • Migraines
  • Cluster Headaches
  • Back Pain
  • Minor Injuries: Burns, Scrapes, Broken Bones
  • Arthritis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Torn Muscles
  • Scoliosis
  • Neck Pain & Soreness
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Chest Pain

Link here for more information

Link here to the UK SITE – and you can sign the parliamentary petition

Final thought – Looking for a new profitable enterprise?  Well, including Kratom as yet ANOTHER banned substance, is just your chance!


Author: Elizabeth

I'm someone also pounding the Path, just like you.. I'm retired, going into Old Age and loving my life. I'm hoping to remain happy and well for as long as possible. Old Age is not SO bad - yet!

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