You may have heard that kratom can treat chronic pain, and other debilitating symptoms like fatigue, insomnia, and depression. But did you know this plant from Southeast Asia could serve as an immune system booster in general? Read on to find out how kratom affects the immune system.
Benefits of Kratom
Kratom is most often used by North Americans for its pain relief properties. In a day and age where opioids are often and arguably over-prescribed, the American and Canadian health organizations have seen disturbingly high rates of opioid dependence, addiction, and death.
Natural alternatives or supplements like kratom (cannabis is another example) are being explored for their analgesic benefits because they could offer a safer, less addictive option for people who require medications over the long-term, to treat chronic pain and similar conditions. Kratom’s ability to ease chronic pain is actually linked to its ability to support the immune system: pain causes stress, anxiety, interrupted sleep, and other side effects that interrupt the body’s ability to maintain good health.
What is the Immune System?
Our immune systems are vital to our overall and long-term health. Consisting of many different pieces including cells, tissues, and organs, the immune system is our biggest line of defense against germs and infections. Immune responses, when triggered, set out to remove interlopers from our internal systems. Poor health can arise when someone’s immune system reacts sluggishly, or not at all. Alternately, the immune system can overreact, mistaking normal or healthy substances as foreign invaders. Both these situations interfere with optimal wellness.
Can Kratom Improve My Immune System?
Kratom has the special ability to work on many levels at once, making it a good one-stop choice for a number of symptoms and relieving some patients of the handful of pills they required before.
If you find yourself catching a cold (or catching your third cold of the season), kratom might be able to help kick up your immune system, reminding it to stop watching Netflix and start fighting off infections. On a prevention level, taking a regular microdose of kratom could keep your immune system in tip-top shape so next season the cold or flu just passes you by.
Immune-Boosting Alkaloids in Kratom It is the alkaloids in kratom that provide most of the plant’s therapeutic effects, and this is also true in the case of immune system protection. Here are some of the alkaloids scientists believe have immunostimulant properties:
- Isomitraphylline: may also serve as an anti-leukemic agent
- Isopteropodine: primarily an immunostimulant
- Isorhynchopylline: primarily an immunostimulant
- Mitraphylline: non-narcotic; also antihypertensive, and a diuretic and muscle relaxant
Can Kratom Cause Immune System Problems?
There aren’t many reports of kratom causing problems with the immune system through its side effects. Generally, as long as small amounts are used as infrequently as possible (or with breaks being taken at regular intervals), kratom’s side effects are quite minor. However, if you begin taking kratom and notice any strange health issues arise, you should speak to a medical professional or take a kratom break to see if the symptoms clear up. It’s also important to bear in mind that over-use of kratom could result in intolerance that might interfere with the plant’s ability to assist the immune system. Again, regular breaks and small amounts are the best way to avoid this issue!
Best Kratom Strains for Immune System Problems
Most strains of kratom powder or kratom leaf have the potential to positively impact the immune effects noted above. But here are three particularly powerful kratom strains that could improve your ability to fend off viruses and infection!