Wanting to switch from coffee to something else? Or has one developed an extremely high tolerance for coffee, and it doesn’t give one the necessary rush? The switch would be simple if the taste of green tea were appealing to one’s palate.
Well, no worries, the leaves of Mitragyna speciosa belong to the same plant family that produces coffee. And it can be consumed by chewing the leaves, making tea, or drying and crushing the leaves into a fine powder and mixing it with food or drink. And no, it is not a drug or is illegal. People living in Southeast Asia have been using it for different reasons over the last two hundred years.
The communities that use the leaves consider it to be a herb. The rest of the world, especially people interested in health and wellness communities with a special incline towards natural remedies, have also started putting it to use. It has also been made available online via various sellers and websites like In Sense Botanicals and others that deliver it right to your doorstep.
Why consume Mitragyna Speciosa?
The leaves of Mitragyna Speciosa have traditionally been used to treat pain. Due to the presence of the two most important compounds, i.e., mitragynine and 7-hydroxy mitragynine. Mitragynine interacts with one’s body in the same way opioid drugs do, while 7-hydroxy mitragynine affects the ability of certain neurons in the body to perceive pain. A list of health benefits of the leaves of Mitragyna Speciosa is discussed below:
- Relieves Anxiety- Various research studies have found that the leaves are useful in inducing a positive state of mind and causing users to have a more optimistic outlook on life in general.
- Pain Relief- Although the leaves work exceedingly well with neuropathic pain. It can be used to treat both nociceptive and neuropathic pain. The leaves bind pain to the pain receptors located in the central nervous system and elsewhere within the body to relieve pain.
- Boost Energy- The leaves also have immense metabolic properties, increasing the user’s energy levels while uplifting one’s mood. The leaves increase blood regulation, which produces more oxygen in the body. Hence, increasing metabolism.
- Increased Focus- The leaves induce the release of acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter that enhances focus and alleviates pain, muscle contraction, and regulation of the endocrine system.
While the leaves have yet to be proved addictive, overconsumption of anything is not beneficial. One must keep the health benefits in mind while consuming the leaves and not consider them as drugs.