Complexities of Pain and Kratom

Complexities of Pain and Kratom

The Many Facets of Pain  

Before addressing the relationship between pain and kratom, let us delve into the meaning of pain. Pain is an uncomfortable feeling that tells you something may be wrong. It can be steady, throbbing, sharp, pinching, or described in many other ways. Sometimes, it’s just a nuisance, while other times it can be debilitating. The classifications of pain are either acute or chronic. Acute pain is usually severe and short-lived and is often a signal that your body has been injured. Chronic pain ranges from mild to severe, is present for long periods of time, and is often the result of a disease that may require ongoing treatment. Most people treat pain by managing the symptoms.  

While it is often dismissed as being less serious, emotional pain is very real and should be taken just as seriously as physical pain. Emotional pain can originate from non-physical sources. Sometimes this emotional distress is the result of the actions of others. Other times, it might be the result of stress, grief, or loss. In other cases, it might be the result of an underlying mental health condition such as depression or anxiety. No matter the cause, physical and psychological pain can be intense and significantly affect many different areas of your life. 


Intricacies of Kratom 

Kratom naturally produces nitrogen-based chemicals called alkaloids that can have pronounced physiological actions on humans. The kratom plant has over 40 such naturally occurring bio-active alkaloids, of which perhaps the most well-known is mitragynine.  Traditionally, day laborers in Southeast Asian countries chewed on kratom leaves to help with pain and energy.  Additionally, kratom was used as a local anesthetic and also used to help with coughs and with intestinal issues like diarrhea. According to a 2020 survey of nearly 3,000 kratom users by John Hopkins Medicine, these days, a large portion of kratom users are using kratom to self-treat pain, while others use it for emotional or mental conditions. 

Mitragynine makes up about 66% of the total alkaloid content in kratom.  Researchers study it for its potential analgesic (pain relief) effects and for its potential antitussive, antidiarrheal, adrenergic, and antimalarial effects.  While 7-hydroxymitragynine makes up less than 2% of the total alkaloid content, is garners much research for its potentially powerful analgesic properties.  Two other major alkaloids are speciogynine and paynantheine which make up about 15% of the total alkaloid content in kratom. They are studied as muscle relaxers. 

Other alkaloids in kratom include: mitraphylline, ajmalicine, and isorhynchophylline. We research them for their potential as immunostimulants and cerebrocirculants. 


Pain and Kratom 

As mentioned above, pain has many facets such as physical pain, nerve pain, muscle tightness and even mental and emotional pain. Kratom’s modern uses include alleviating temporary pain and support for emotional or mental clarity. In fact, supporting temporary pain relief is one of the most common uses for kratom as well as relaxation support and supporting the immune system†. 

It is very important to understand that kratom alone does not and will not cure, fix or permanently make pain go away. A regimen that may include exercise, clean diet, plenty of rest, a good social network of loved ones, and supplements is a holistic well-rounded approach to pain management. Kratom is a great addition to a comprehensive plan. It may alleviate pain, promote energy and motivation, and support rest, allowing you to get the other parts of a holistic health plan in motion.

If you are seeking support for your occasional pain and may also need a natural boost of energy levels†, turn to our SunRise Kratom. 

On the other hand, if stress has got you down and you want to naturally alleviate fatigue and naturally support elevated energy levels†, give our MaengDa Kratom a try, since ETHA Labs use only those harvests with the higher naturally occurring concentrations of vasodilator alkaloids (like mitragynine) to make this blend. 

Note-worthy to mention, that kratom may also support the body’s natural responses to stress as well as muscle tension.† Additionally, kratom alkaloids like speciogynine and paynantheine support the response to inflammation, relieve muscle fatigue from overuse, and promote relaxation.† Therefore, when you need to relax, unwind and decompress try our SunSet and NightFall premium kratom blended for high concentrations of muscle relaxer alkaloids. 

Don’t let the complexities of pain overwhelm you. Target pain with ETHA kratom and a holistic health plan and Live Fully! 

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