- Kratom is a tropical tree native to South Asia. Kratom leaves or extract from its leaves have been used in alternative medicine for chronic pain and other conditions.
- Many people also use kratom to self-treat symptoms of depression or anxiety. evidence suggests that certain strains of kratom can help alleviate these symptoms.
- Kratom is considered a dietary supplement, so it isn’t regulated by the FDA.
How does it work for depression and anxiety?
What is Kratom?
Mitragyna speciosa (commonly known as kratom) is a tropical evergreen tree in the coffee family native to Southeast Asia. Kratom is indigenous to Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Papua New Guinea. Kratom leaves has been used in traditional medicines in these regions since at least the nineteenth century. Traditionally, it is chewed on or consumed as a tea after the leaves have been dried/cured. In recent times, kratom is sold and consumed as a product with either the powder of the dried kratom leaves, to be taken straight orally (although the taste is very bitter), or capsules of the powder for easy consumption.
Kratom has been used for centuries in Southeast Asia ; Farmers and laborers in the region would consume Kratom to stave off pain from labor, and i