Although there is no cure for fibromyalgia, there are many drugs and supplements that are used in treatment to help in managing the chronic pain syndrome. One of the lesser known treatments is the Kratom supplement. But is this really effective? Read on to find out?
What is Kratom?
Kratom is the leaves of a plant known as Mitragyna speciosa. This plant is part of the coffee family and is common in Southeast Asia. The leaves are known for having various medicinal properties because of its beneficial alkaloids.
The leaves are said to be famous in southern Thailand. The Thai people have been using it as medicine for thousands of years. In fact, by merely chewing the leaves, it can help to make one feel energized.
Is it Legal to Use Kratom?
The use of kratom became controversial in Thailand when the government declared it as a controlled substance. Since 2010, advocacy workers and some politicians have been fighting to overturn such decision.
Before 2016, it is legal to grow and use kratom in the 46 states in the US. However, the federal government does not regulate its use. The DEA has in fact declared it as substance leading to public health crisis. It is unfortunate to know that kratom is not yet fully understood by the federal government.
Is Kratom Effective in Treating Fibromyalgia?
The question that many have in mind is whether kratom is really effective in treating fibromyalgia. The DEA acknowledged that it can serve as a stimulant and have sedative effects. However, in some states, the kratom supplement is being recognized as an effective remedy for fibro symptoms. It is similar to that of marijuana, where taking it in minimal amount will not get you high. Nevertheless, the DEA is still concerned about the possible abuse of kratom.
Using Kratom to Treat Pain
Kratom contains certain substances that can help to alleviate pain and works in the same way as morphine. This is the reason why people get significant pain relief when taking kratom. In fact, the serotonergic activity of the plant make it a possible treatment for depression. Both pain and depression are among the symptoms of fibromyalgia. With this, it is safe to conclude that kratom is effective in treating fibro.
Always consult your health care provider before starting any form of medication or supplement. Do not that Kratom should be taken in minimal amount in order to avoid harmful effects.