8 Impressive Benefits of Kratom Leaves

Kratom leaves have been traditionally used for medicinal purposes. The interesting health benefits of kratom leaves include their ability to lower blood pressure, relieve pain, boost metabolism, increase sexual energy, improve the immune system, prevent diabetes, ease anxiety, help with addiction, eliminate stress, and induce healthy sleep.

What are Kratom Leaves?

Kratom is a tropical tree native to Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea, where the leaves have been used for medicinal purposes due to its morphine-like effects. The scientific name of this evergreen tree is Mitragyna speciosa, and it has had a very interesting history, including being banned in Thailand (despite being indigenous there), as it was a natural substitute for opium, thereby affecting the economy of the country.

Kratom has been used traditionally in Southeast Asia and Africa for many years, but several countries including Australia, Malaysia, and Myanmar have banned it. Mitragynine, the primary active alkaloid in kratom, is associated with being responsible for its opioid-like effects. The majority of the health benefits of kratom leaves are derived from the unique chemical compounds and nutrients found within the leaves of the plant, including a wide range of alkaloids and other organic substances that affect many organs of the human body. The plant’s leaves are widely chewed in countries where the tree grows naturally, and some high estimates suggest that up to 70% of the male population of Thailand would chew anywhere from 10-60 leaves each day. However, use of kratom is recommended if you live in a country or region where the possession, use, and distribution of kratom is legal.

Health Benefits of Kratom Leaves

Let’s take a closer look at some of the fascinating health benefits of kratom leaves.


Pain Reliever

One of the most obvious and widely known effects of kratom leaves is pain relief. Since the leaves were first introduced to their indigenous cultures, this has been a primary use, as the analgesic properties of the alkaloids and nutrients of the leaves can quickly relieve pain throughout the body by impacting the hormonal system. By increasing the amount of serotonin and dopamine that is released into the body, pain can be alleviated (or masked) by chewing on kratom leaves. Essentially, the alkaloids dull the pain receptors throughout the body. This morphine or opium-like quality of kratom leaves is widely regarded as its most important application.

Immune System Booster

Independent studies on the various alkaloids found in kratom leaves have shown that the combinative effects can have major effects on the strength and resilience of the immune system. While this research is still being qualified and checked, traditional and anecdotal beliefs about kratom leaves show that it can reduce the severity of illnesses or prevent illness altogether.

Energy Booster

The metabolic effects that kratom has are one of the other reasons that the leaves are so popular, particularly with laborers in various countries. It can increase your energy levels by optimizing certain metabolic processes and impacting hormone levels. This is a result of increased circulation, despite its soothing nature, and a general increase in oxygenated blood to areas of the body that needs it, combining with increased metabolic activities to provide a burst of energy. For sufferers of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, kratom leaves are often an alternative, natural solution.

Sexual Stimulant

Kratom is seen by many traditional practitioners and users as an aphrodisiac and a fertility booster, as the extra energy and blood flow can help increase fertility, re-energize a tired libido, and improve duration/conception rates.

Reduced Anxiety

As you can probably imagine, any substance that is able to relieve pain and cause opium-like effects on the body will also likely have an impact on the mental stability and tone of an individual. Kratom leaves are widely used as anxiolytic substances for people who suffer from chronic stress, depression, anxiety, and mood swings. By regulating the hormones in our body, people can finally get relief from these exhausting symptoms of chemical imbalance without having to rely on pharmaceuticals and all of the implicit side effects of those drugs.

Addiction Recovery

Due to the inherently healthy nature of kratom leaves, in combination with their range of effects, they have been used as a method of curing addiction for hundreds of years. In many cultures, opium addiction is a major issue, but regularly chewing on kratom leaves provides a similar sensation without the comedowns and negative side effects. Therefore, when people are attempting to “get clean” and stay that way, they often turn to kratom leaves as a tolerable solution, thereby making these leaves very valuable in many parts of the world. This also helps to cover withdrawal symptoms during the transition away from that more intense drug.

Heart Health

Studies have connected the use of kratom leaves to a distinct drop in blood pressure. As the leaves and their chemical components impact the body’s hormones, they also reduce inflammation throughout the body, including the blood vessels and arteries. By relieving that tension in the cardiovascular system, kratom leaves are able to help prevent more serious heart conditions, such as atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes.

Diabetes Treatment

One of the lesser known benefits of kratom leaves is their effect on blood sugar levels. Limited research has shown that the alkaloids found in the leaves are able to help regulate the amount of insulin and glucose in the blood, effectively preventing the dangerous peaks and troughs that diabetics face. This can not only help diabetics manage their disorder, but also prevent it from developing in the first place.

Word of Caution: Although there is no known danger, provided that the recommended amount is taken, some people do experience certain side effects, such as fatigue, nausea, and constipation. This is usually the initial encounter response and gradually, your body does acclimate to the sensation. Others claim a “kratom hangover”, which includes headaches or nausea in the morning after use. This is something you can determine for yourself, based on your particular sensitivities.

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thanks for the article i found this pretty helpful 🙂

I think it's a crock of bs

It's not b.s. Believe it or not, everything they list in this article is true. You've CLEARLY never tried it as you would re-think you're critique. Can't criticize something that you know nothing about. That's something that you should apply to all aspects of your life in general.

Until you use something yourself and give it some time you can't actually say it's a load of b.s. when it has helped others. Experience would be the best teacher there TBH.

Try it out and you won't think this. I was a heavy opiate user for years due to back issues. I take kratom daily for pain and anxiety. It isn't bs at all.. that's laughable.

I tried it. Didnt do a thing for my pain. My friends are addicted to Kraytom now. They act like its great but then they also smoke the Kratom.

.... You don't smoke kratom.

I totally agree with you Melanie. My husband and I were both heavy opiate users. We got them prescribed to us for neck and back injuries that both of us had from prior accidents and wear and tear. Mine was a herniated disk in the lumbar spine from being thrown from a spooked horse and my husband's were herniated in cervical and lumbar from many years of factory work and degenerative disc disease runs in his family. So anyway, years down the road, our tolerance to the meds of course gets higher and higher, so we have to take more pills to get the same relief and that means they run out faster every month until you get to the point where your meds might last 8-10 days and you're going through terrible withdrawals for the rest of the month until you get that next prescription. We were so tired of living this way but couldn't do it cold turkey. Finally, we found out about kratom. We were dubious at first because come on, some powdered leaf is gonna help oxycontin withdrawals? But it worked!! We just could not believe how much it helped with the withdrawals, while also giving you the little extra energy and anxiety relief you might need after feeling like you've been chained to a pill bottle for the last 8 years. I cannot stress enough how well kratom works and I'm urging some of my friends to try it as well because they've had problems with pain pill addiction in the past. When they sought help for it though, of course they were given suboxone/subutex, but that's just another addictive substance. I've told them several times that kratom will do them just as good, if not better, than the subs (and I speak from personal experience as I've had both) and I finally got one to agree to try it after promising to buy her first bag. Let's hope all goes well and we'll have one less person reliant on opiates in the near future.

Debbie Zielenbach

Hello CrimsonQueen, I have had a similar situation as yours. I started taking kratom approximately 3 months ago. Did tons of research beforehand and then my niece was also doing the same. Suddenly she reached out to me & said that she has been doing some research on something named kratom & had I ever heard about it. I then told her I had already looked into it & ordered from an on line vendor.
When I received it & began taking it I noticed very little in my pain level. I told my niece & she had stumbled across a closed group that is wonderful. She had to sponsor me for membership. There's no cost for anything but the kratom & many other products available. They do charge S&H. Anyway try to sum this up quickly. This group is wonderful, the owner/vendor gets the highest quality product available, there are an array of administrators available at all times to answer all our questions, concerns & give suggestions for what ailments u have. There are over 3000 members & they are so helpful and supportive as well. This group is like a second family. I am now almost free of my pain meds, anxiety meds & have lost 15 lbs. Due to the decrease in pain & the increase of energy. I have learned so much about kratom & other organic meds. Not to mention the amount of friends I acquired through this group. Anyone who says kratom is BS needs to do your research & find a reputable vendor or group. I would mention the name of the group but they do have guidelines so before I do I will ask one of the admins if ok. Sorry for the long winded response but I am very passionate about kratom & my new found 2nd family. TFL, DEB Z

If you could give info on that group it would be great. Im in the Philippines and am a partially disabled American veteran. Pain help as well as energy would be great.

I am interested n finding a reputive provider for kratom. I have fibro, degenetive disease, asteo arthritis. I have herniated disc in kneck and back. Is some what manageable but a pill to sleep, a pill to wake up. More meds on top of that. CBD oil didn't work for my pain but blood work was better. I'm giving it to my 15 yr old st Bernards. One obese with arthritis the other with tick borne disease. Between that and replenex from malelueka, they are much better. Can u give me the provider info so I can find out more about this and hopefully purchase some. Is it expensive and legal in u.s?

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eat some crackers.:)

Couple of things, kratom is nothing like morphine or opium and does not provide a similar sensation. There are a few misleading statements which people who are unfamiliar with kratom like to jump all over, screaming about how bad it is. The alkaloids in kratom bind to the same mu opiod receptors as morphine and other opiates to provide the analgesic effects. Also, in all the research I have conducted, I have never heard of kratom effecting hormones or hormonal changes.

Overall a good article, just needs to be tweaked a little to convey the biochemical process further.

Theresa Warren

If you feel headache or nausea, drink more water and/or eat some crackers.