Kratom has grown in Thailand for years and is used for its medicinal properties however it was given the genus Mitragyna by a Dutch botanist named Pietre Korthal because it is similar to the stigma of the plant bishop mitre. The plant grows as tall as 30 feet and is about 15 feet wide with dark green leaves and has small clustered yellow flowers and the dried leaves can be purchased at as well as many other reputable online vendors.

The use of Kratom in Thai and Malaysian traditional medicine has attracted a lot of scientific interest leading to a number of researches being carried out on the plant and especially the leaves. Scientific research carried out on the plant has found that its chemical composition makes it effective in treating a number of ailments including pain management, cancer, diarrhoea, it is also used by the natives as a sexual enhancer, helping relaxation and treating addictions to pain medication.

The effects of Mitragyna Speciosa are not fully understood however a number of companies and scientific groups have invested time and money into studying this plant to know what exactly it is capable of and how much it can contribute to the medical world. There are hundreds of studies that have been conducted over the years dating back to the 1980s and bellow is a summary of them and their findings.

1986 Study To Establish The Composition Of Kratom

The department of Physiology, Faculty of science, department of pharmacognosy and Pharmaceutical Botany in Thailand carried out this research to find out what alkaloids were present in the leaf of the Kratom tree. The study eventually discovered that there were a number of alkaloids in the plant but identified 3-dihydromitragynine which was a big step in understanding the medicinal benefits of the herb. Details of this research were published on phytochemistryVolume 25,issue 12, 1986 Pages 2910-2912.

1988 Ethnorpharmacology Research On Kratom

This follow up research was intended to find out the pharmaceutical value of the plant. Scientists Karl L.R and Colin Prast from the department of Anatomy in the University of Auckland Medical School in New Zealand carried out this research which described kratom in detail along with the most common alkaloids identified in earlier studies. The conclusion of this research was that the substances present in the herb could be used as a cough suppressant, pain reliever and temperature control agent. It was also noted that the plant can be used as a natural substitute for treating opiate addiction.

1998 Study To Establish If Kratom Can Be a Substitute Pain killer

This research carried out on mice was intended to establish if the analgesic potential of Speciosa could be used as a substitute for morphine and paracetamol. Mice were given oral doses and at the end of the research it was concluded that Kratom can serve as a substitute for morphine but more studies needed to be carried out.

2004 Research On Effects Of Kratom On Obesity

Peter J Houghton and Ikram Saida from the Chelsea department of Pharmacy, Kings College London and Chemistry Department University Kebangsaan Malaysia carried out tests to see what effect Mitragyna speciosa whould have on the intake of water and food by animals. The researchers noted that prolonged administration of Kratom significantly decreased the intake of water and food and suppressed weight gain significantly. The conclusion was that Kratom can be used as a powerful tool for fighting obesity

2006 Further Study On The Pain Killing Property Of Kratom

This study isolated 7 more chemicals present in the herb and sought to study their effectiveness in acting as pain relief. The study aimed at gathering information on the possibility of using kratom as an orally administered anti pain medication. The research paper by Kenjiro Matsumoto is currently available online.

2011 Legal Research Into Legislation On Kratom In Thailand

Pascal Tanguay carried out this study in relation to a 2010 policy proposal to review different kind of drugs in order to regulate their use. The study concluded that Kratom is a major part of Southern Thai culture and there was no evidence of problematic use over the decades that it has been used therefore there is no reason to criminalize it.

This is just a handful of the studies carried out on Kratom- Mitragyna Speciosa but almost all the research and studies carried out have come out to show how helpful it is despite legislation in some countries banning the sale of the plant. Kratom surely is a gift to medicine.