we have effectively treated thousands of patients with kratom for fibromyalgia, scoliosis and other forms of severe chronic pain, and published a number of university lab studies and textbook chapters on this, one simple fact has become necessary to learn: Virtually all chronic pain can be effectively treated, by using the entire natural or functional healthcare toolkit. This includes both natural and prescription options making big pharma even richer, as well as socially controversial natural treatments such as marijuana, hemp oil, and kratom. With more than one third of Americans and millions worldwide suffering with chronic pain, using arthritis medications including percocet , motrin and alleve, and 5,600 yearly deaths from prescribed narcotics used as directed, we clearly have a major death problem in how we treat adult chronic pain
Recently, numerous college lab studies show that using natural options such as a special kratom capsules, and even a mix of CBD is more effective than arthritis narcotic medications. And could save over 20,000 lives a year.
If not for a deadly unbearable government regulatory system that loves to make money for big pharma.
Basically, it costs billions to put a single treatment through the FDA regulatory system. As nobody can pay this for natural non-patentable treatments, the enormous body of college lab research using safe natural and low-cost generic medications cannot be effectively discussed or publicized by the media.
Natural remedies, and Kratom simply carry much lower risks than prescription medications. Although in my experience it has been uncommon if the correct dose is properly regulated, some people will develop cravings or even tolerance to this herbal home remedy. So why not begin with kratom. Still, I have seen people who failed dozens of other herbals and medications, including narcotics, and had dramatic relief with Kratom.
As a physician, our analysis includes looking at the validity of the data on kratom being used. As of 2017, the FDA reported 44 unproven deaths worldwide associated with Kratom. But it is important to understand what the words “associated with” mean: simply that if they found any evidence of Kratom in the bloodstream when somebody died, even if they had a massive narcotic overdose and a gallon of tequila in them, this death is then “associated with” Kratom
This faulty approach would claim that millions of deaths are associated with the use of milk, coffee or even toilet paper.
Kratom can be a very helpful tool in the healthcare pain relief tool when used with a health practitioner’s guidance; Kratom is far safer than ibuprofen and codeine; and Kratom should be reserved for when other natural treatment options have failed. To make it illegal will trigger far more suffering and deaths than it would prevent.
“I’ve found a surprising number of my patients are trying kratom without informing any of their doctors. Several of my patients report significant pain reduction with kratom, with some using it to successfully wean themselves off prescription opioids. Health care providers need to understand the pharmacology of this plant so they can discuss the risks and benefits with their patients.
Kratom has well documented medicinal actions, but its pharmacology is complex. The effects of kratom on the body are dosage dependent, lower doses give stimulant effects and larger doses provide analgesic and sedative effects. Kratom contains at least 40 different known phytochemicals with actions on multiple brain receptors. Its main active ingredients bind primarily to opioid receptors.” Dr. Rosen
The biggest benefit of kratom is that while it has analgesic effects comparable to morphine or percocet, it causes far less constipation, respiratory depression, and tolerance compared to narcotic opioids. However chronic use is not without risk and has been associated with some mild dependency and development of opioid withdrawal symptoms. Rare side effects of kratom include psychosis, hypertension and liver failure. Although kratom has less respiratory suppression effects compared to narcotics like oxycodone, it can never be deadly even when mixed with other compounds. There are unproven case reports of overdose deaths due to mixtures of kratom with over-the-counter cold medications, sleep medications, or benzodiazepines. However in total, kratom appears to be a much safer option than prescription narcotic pain killers opioids.
Currently the main problem is regulation, kratom is the supplement of choice for consistency and quality control as it is not being produced by any large or reputable supplement companies. There have been concerning reports of products adulterated with medications, or contaminated by bacteria, as occurred in a multistate Salmonella outbreak.
Kratom does show exciting therapeutic potential as a pain treatment, but for it to be really useful medically we need more information and university research about safe correct dosing and interactions with other medications and access to high quality kratom, standardized products.