Leaves from the Kratom tree have had a wide range of uses by the people of Southeast Asia who have known and utilized the benefits of this miracle plant for centuries. Its popularity has grown in the western nations of the world as more and more people are becoming aware of the versatility of this plant. In smaller doses kratom has been known to produce stimulation, motivation, a heightened desire to work, extended energy, relief from fatigue, increased focus and mental awareness, increased social and communication skills, relief from anxiety and depression, and an overall feeling of euphoria. Larger doses have been known to produce many or all of these effects as well as incorporate a pain relieving and analgesic aspect not usually noticed in the use of smaller doses.
Alkaloid content seems to also play a role in determining which characteristics manifest in certain types of kratom. There are 25 known alkaloids in kratom. Kratom plants containing higher levels of mitragynine are known to have more stimulating effects. Those containing higher levels of the alkaloid 7-hydroxymitragynine are used more for sedation and pain killing, with stronger analgesic activity than morphine. Today, one of the most common and beneficial uses of kratom is to relieve symptoms associated with drug (especially opiates) and alcohol withdrawals. Kratom has also been known to be used for relief from allergy and cold symptoms, as a cough suppressant, fever reducer, to normalize blood pressure and blood sugar levels, to fight intestinal parasites, treat diarrhea, increase melanin production in the skin to aid in protection from the sun, and to prolong sexual intercourse. The other noteworthy benefit of kratom is its use to fight immune system disorders and boost the immune system. This could be due to the fact that kratom is rich in antiviral compounds and contains 20 times the amount of antioxidants as green tea.