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Read and learn about ethnobotanicals such as Kratom (Mitragyna Speciosa), Kava K

About Kratom Plant

Kratom also referred to as Mitagyna Speciosa is a plant native to South East Asian countries such as Malaysia, Borneo and Indonesia. Kratom or Ketum is in the same species as the coffee plant Rubiaceae. For many centuries the leaves of Mitagyna Speciosa have been used for medicinal purpose by people of south-east Asia. It has been used in folk medicine, at very low doses, as stimulant, at high doses, as sedative as well as recreation drug, medicine for diarrhea, pain killer and treatment of opium addiction. Those interested in conducting research can buy kratom online at websites such as kratomystic. It is very important to know that Kratom should not be ingested, and those choosing to buy kratom for internet resources should be only using it for botanical and scientific research.

Where does Kratom Grow

The Ketum tree is native to jungles of south-east Asia, especially in the modern states of Bali, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand. The plants are decorated with evergreen leaves, as well as small, yellow flowers. Local dwellers have used the tree for ritual and medicinal purposes for many decades. Historically, Kratom was known by various names including ithang, biak biak and other famous names such as Ketum, Kakuam and Krathom. However, it was not until a Dutch traveler rediscovered the tree in the early 1830s that it was introduced to other cultures and later known as Kratom. Today, this plant continues to grow in the same location, although modern politics have made in some way harvesting of this tree illegal.



Ketum wasn’t traditionally processed, chemically changed or refined. Its effects were totally natural and not produced in a lab. Every Ketum leaf is full of naturally occurring alkaloids. These are organic elements that appear in about 25% of all the tree life. When a tree alkaloid is swallowed, its’ molecular structure combine with receptor sites cells and form a new condition in the body and mind. These changes can be quite profound or mild and are normally very beneficial.

The leaves of the Ketum tree are said to contain over 40 alkaloids. The actual benefits offered by these alkaloids aren’t fully understood. It is believed that mitragynine is one of the most useful alkaloid in Maeng Da Kratom and is the source of most of its benefits. Other alkaloids include ajmalicine, which is said to lower BP, speciophulline, which is said to fight leukemia and epicatechin, a strong anti-oxidant.

History of Kratom and Opium



One of the most stunning uses of Ketum tree historically has been as an alternative to opium – aiding in kicking opiate addiction. As far as late 1890s, researchers published a document recommending the use of this tree to assist sufferers of opium addiction kick their dependency. In modern times, seven-hydroxymitragynine has been identified as a likely opiate rival which bonds to destroy withdrawing from opium.

Most major medical professionals have since recommended mitragynine for this work, including the Methadone Detox Program in New Zealand and National Institute of Thai Traditional Medicine in Bangkok.