What is Kratom leaf?



As a rule, I always avoid discussing medication within my blog or on social networks as I do not believe in influencing other people with my experience of medications or their effects on me. What may be a miracle drug for one person may be the worst experience ever for someone else.

When people are ill and in pain they are very vulnerable and if a GP has prescribed them a new medication and they suddenly read in a blog how ineffective this was for one person it instantly creates a negative feeling for that person.

I often have to remove myself from forums, group pages about pain and fibromyalgia based upon this. Often you always get the same batch of people that have tried every medicine and have a negative opinion on them all, their GP and the whole medical department in general.

One thing I could not ignore is a comment that was 
said today on a Fibromyalgia advice page

“I manage all my Fibromyalgia with kratom it has given me my life back” 

A lot of people in the UK are unaware what Kratom is and may read this and search for this wonder drug. The first thing most people do is consult doctor google. They will discover how easy it is to purchase and that it appears to be a natural herbal thing so “must be” safe.

Mitragyna Speciosa, also Known as Kratom is tree native to Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, Thailand, the Malaysian Floristic Region and several surrounding regions. The leaf of this tree is typically ground up and ingested orally and used for several medicinal purposes. These include, but are not limited to Pain Relief, Decreased Anxiety, Mood Enhancement, Decreased Hypertension, Decreased Fatigue, Increased Focus, Relief of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Increased Energy and many others.

This leaf has been used for centuries by the indigenous people to these regions for increased energy in low doses, sedation in higher doses, dysentery and pain relief. The leaf was chewed, crushed into a powder and ingested, made into a paste extract or boiled for tea and consumed.

Kratom affects the brain's opioid receptors similarly to an opiate, although not classified as an opiate, which is responsible in the successful treatment of chronic pain sufferers.

The easy availability of online herbal medication is worrying, people online are not face to face herbalists.  Many people are unaware of their bodies, the medication, drug interactions, dosage etc.

I am not going to point a finger and tut as many people use herbs such as this for medicinal use with great success. Many people use Kratom and get great results so this blog is not for you, it is for the people who may try something they have no knowledge of or how it affects their body. 

David Daniels death 2014 following large amounts of Kratom is thought to be the first time in the UK that the substance has been named as the sole contributor to someone’s death. Many in camp Kratom claim one death is hardly substantial evidence to claim a herb used for thousands of years is not safe.

My only advice on the subject of herbal medication would be:

1. Don’t take as fact what people claim to be a wonder drug. We are all individuals and one prescription never suits all. Plus everyone's severity of fibro at any given time is very different and complex in what symptoms they experience. 



2. Know your body. Know your medication. Know your herbs.




3. Always be cautious of herbal drugs you are unsure of, seek advice from a qualified herbalist.




4. People on a comment list on facebook, forums or blogs are NOT experts. 




5. Herbal medicine can interact with conventional medication always seek advice first.


Finally don’t always assume that because things are herbs, plants, part of nature that they are safe and legal. Never allow complacency because a plant has been used for thousands of years in another country.

The opium poppy was cultivated in lower Mesopotamia as long ago as 3400 BCE. When you consider the damage that the beautiful poppy has done with Heroin abuse then nature speaks for herself.

Love and gentle hugs to you all 



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