Medical Use of Kratom

Kratom is a substance that is used medically. As a case study, the West African traditional medicine is M. ipermis and M. stipulose in fighting Malaria. The alkaloid speciophylline becomes isolated from M. ipermis is known to fight off effects against leukemia.

The oxindole alkaloid Mitraphylline and speciophylline those were isolated from a wooden liana (Uncaria tomentosa Rubiaceae which is native to South America. During the ancient times, the liana was used to fight off arthritis, cancer, intestinal problems as well as epidermal diseases. Even though it is a natural plant, it is recommended to avoid kratom use by children.

1993 saw Stuppner et al. test Mitraphylline as Speciophylline for their anti-leukemic effects on cell lines Hl-60 and U-937. Stuppner was able to determine that both alkaloids were capable of preventing Leukemia from spreading when he induced delimitation of the HL-60 cells to granulocytes and of the U-937 cells to marcophages.

M.Africans is extensively used in Nigeria as a mental illness treatment. The plant M.ciliata which is native to the African continent has been traditionally used to fight inflammations, lung diseases, high blood pressure, gonorrhea, headaches, and rheumatoid arthritis. Click here for more information.

Kratom was and is still used as an alternative to opium and it is also used during opium withdrawal symptoms. Many online sites carry individual testimonies largely on forums where individuals confess to have taken Kratom as an expedient against opium withdrawal symptoms. Varieties like Green Malay, Premium Commercial Bali or Maeng Da are very popular amongst online users.

Similar symptoms are recorded quite often which occur during opium withdrawal however in such cases these withdrawal symptoms appear less severe and spun for a shorter duration of time. A part of Kratom users indicate that they suffer smaller depressions after having quit Kratom intake making the quitting period a difficult one.

A recent study suggests the use of Mitragynine as a methadone replacement. Addicts in New Zealand were served Mitragynine as opposed to methadone to treat their addictions. The report indicated that New Zealand addicts smoked Kratom once and withdrawal symptoms would spring up.
It is indicated in a report that the treatment would have lasted 6 weeks, during this time, reports of exist of visualization apparitions during night time in-form of vivid hypnagogic dreams. An American activist Dana Beal who champions “Cures not Wars” came up with this suggestion during the time when Ibogain experiments were being conducted.

The activist made this suggestion during a meeting conducted by the Australian National Drugs and Poisons Schedule Committee. The activists suggested that the use of Mitragynine in the studies as a placebo for comparison purposes.

Sadly though, her (Dana Beal) suggestions were shot down since it was brought to her attention that there is very little that is known concerning Mitragynine than about Ibogaine. The notes from the meeting suggested that no known entries were found on Mitragynine not Kratom study in New Zealand as neither Kratom nor Mitragynine serves as registered products in New Zealand.

The false assumptions is touted to have sprung up from the report of Jansen and Prast (1988) who had written a report suggesting that Kratom is best for replacement for methadone in withdrawal programs. Jansen and Prast carried out extensive research at the University of Auckland in New Zealand making it a possibility that Dana Beal may have very well misinterpreted the article.

Ibogaine and Mitragynine share similar chemicals, however their effect mode varies. To add more to it, their treatment to addictions also varies to some degree. Ibogaine is good for use once as its dependency is used in curing after a single prescription.

Kratom on the other hand is used in the treatment of drug addictions bit by bit. Kratom’s advantages include the fact that it is legally available in a vast majority of countries and its withdrawal is safer and way simpler.Pregnant women should not use kratom, because there are concerns that some properties of Kratom could potentially pass into the milk. Since this process hasn’t been researched, it is advisable be careful and abstain from using Kratom when  giving breast milk to a child.