What is Kratom?

Kratom is an herbal evergreen plant that belongs to Southeast Asia countries mostly. It is grown in Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Kratom is a substance that has emerged as a natural treatment of many ailments and medical conditions such as chronic pain, inflammation, diarrhea, and muscle aches. It is actually a tropical tree that belongs to the coffee plant family. The most interesting thing about Kratom is its opioid-like effects. Although Kratom is not an opioid, it has several effects similar to opioids such as analgesic effects (Pain-Relieving) and mild sedative effects. Kratom has strong pain-relieving properties due to the presence of several active alkaloid compounds in it.

Kratom works just like opioids but it does not cause addiction or dependence. So, you can take Kratom as an herbal/natural treatment of chronic pain without any fear of addiction.

How does Kratom work for Joint or Back Pain?

Joint or Back Pain is a common issue faced by many people (particularly over-aged) nowadays. There are several reasons behind Joint or Back Pain. Joint Pain is commonly due to a bone disease called Arthritis, removing of cartilage from the joints or inflammation in the joints, etc. On the other hand, Back Pain is due to poor body posture, wrong sitting habits, High-weight lifting, sitting for a very long time, and trauma or injury. Joint or Back Pain is a highly uncomfortable medical condition in which a patient cannot perform his/her daily task efficiently.

People use different treatments to get relief of back or joint pain such as painkillers and drugs etc. These treatments provide temporary relief from pain but have serious side effects on the body. They are expensive as well. So, in this situation, people look for cheap and natural treatment of back or joint pain.

Well, according to many users and research studies, Kratom may be very helpful in the treatment of back or joint pain. This might be the natural and cheap solution which people are looking for. Kratom can relieve both acute or chronic back or joint pain. Now the question, how does Kratom work for back or joint pain relief? Well, the mechanism is very simple. Kratom has two significant active alkaloid compounds named Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine. Both these compounds are responsible for the analgesic properties of Kratom. These alkaloids follow up the body’s opioid receptors to alleviate back or joint pain effectively. Mitragynine interacts with the opioid receptors present in the brain and stops the reception of pain by the CNS (Central Nervous System). Hence body starts feeling relief from pain. The quantity of both Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine determined the potency of different Kratom strains.

·        Kratom Alkaloids enhance the speed of endorphins action

Endorphins are the chemical in the body responsible for decreasing the sensation of pain. Kratom active alkaloids enhance the speed of endorphins action and provide quick pain relief. So, in simple words, Kratom provides relief from both back and joint pain by interacting with the opioid receptors in the brain and enhancing the speed of endorphins action.

Best Kratom Strains for back and joint pain relief

Several strains of Kratom can be used to get relief from back and joint pain. However, the following strains are more effective in quick and prolonged pain relief:

·         Maeng Da Kratom

It is the most popular strain of Kratom which is specially cultivated due to its higher concentration of pain-relieving alkaloid compounds. The concentration of Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine is very high in Maeng Da Kratom. The action of Maeng Da Kratom is not sedative but energy-boosting, unlike other analgesic drugs like opioids. You can use it whenever you want in the day. It is particularly useful for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, lower back pain, and rheumatoid arthritis.

·         Bali Kratom

This strain of Kratom is high in 7-Hydroxymitragynine due to which it provides relief from chronic back or joint pain. It has a stimulating energy-boosting effect as well. There are three different colors of Bali Kratom, white, red, and green. The red variant of Bali Kratom is the most effective. This variant has the ability to provide pain relief in just 3-7 hours after use. However, there are mild to strong sedative effects are associated with Red Bali Kratom. So, it should be used carefully.

·         Borneo Kratom

It’s another pain-relieving strain of Kratom. According to the research studies and user’s experience, Borneo Kratom is especially best for muscular pain and joint pain. It alleviates anxiety as well which is caused by chronic pain. Borneo Kratom has a significantly lower concentration of Mitragynine, but still, it produces sufficient results with minimum sedative effects.

·         Malay Kratom

Malay Kratom provides relief from minor pain or inflammation. It is a good option to treat lower-level joint pain. However, it cannot be used for chronic pain due to a lower concentration of Mitragynine in it. Malay Kratom can also be used for improving focus and mood enhancement.

Kratom leaves are the most important part of the plant because it contains high concentrations of Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine. So, you can chew these leaves or grind them into powder after drying. There are many others forms of Kratom available in the market such as capsules, gums, and tinctures. You can use one of these forms according to your choice. However, you must consult with your family doctor before using Kratom.

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Elena is an avid blogger who enjoys writing articles on fashion, beauty, lifestyle, fitness and recently, CBD niches. Elena has been described as a "delightfully eccentric with a creative take on things" (New York Times) with an ability to "bring you new facts that will make you go WOW!" (Vanity Fair). Elena has been writing since her uni days where she was a regular contributor to the student magazine. After pursuing a career in finance in the heart of London's financial hub, Elena has decided to start blogging in her spare time as an outlet for her creativity and ideas. During her spare time, Elena enjoy horse riding, camping and hiking, interior design and keeping abreast with the latest trends. Elena is in the process of starting up her own beauty cosmetics line in the near future. Elena is also a contributing author to fashion and lifestyle magazines and has been featured in Vice, Country Living, Harrods magazine, Daily Telegraph, Grazia and Women's Health.

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