Kratom leaves have had a wide range of uses, starting with the people of Southeast Asia who have known and utilized the benefits of this miracle plant for centuries. Its popularity has grown in the western nations of the world as more and more people are becoming aware of the versatility of this plant. In smaller doses kratom is known to cause pain relief, produce stimulation, mental acuity, a heightened desire to work, extended energy, fatigue relief, increased focus, increased social and communication skills, relief from depression and anxiety, and a feeling of euphoria.
Kratom taken in larger doses is known to cause more of a sedative effect in addition to pain relief or analgesic effects. Some of the most commonly reported benefits are listed below.
More recently reported benefits of Kratom include the relief of symptoms associated with drug (opiates) and alcohol withdrawals. Kratom has also been used for allergy and cold symptom relief, as a cough suppressant, fever reducer, to normalize blood pressure and blood sugar levels, to fight intestinal parasites, treat diarrhea, increase melanin production in the skin to aid in protection from the sun, and to prolong sexual intercourse.
A noteworthy benefit of Kratom use is in fighting immune system disorders. This may be due to Kratom's rich, antiviral compounds which contain 20 times the amount of antioxidants found in green tea.