Pain is not exactly beautiful, but it is still very important. Remember for a moment that people who are born without sensitivity to pain often do not survive their childhood. Why is this so? Well, burns, scratches, and cuts are not something you will notice if you don't know that you have gotten them. Whether you like it or not, pain is our body's way of alerting us that something is wrong.

To get a better understanding of how pain works, let's examine the standard methods doctors use to differentiate pain symptoms. After examining different types of pain, we will look at how the herbal anatomy might play a role in the future of pain management.

Acute pain vs. chronic pain

Pain is frequently alienated into two types: acute and chronic. Acute pain symptoms are usually short-lived but extremely intense. Common examples of acute pain are stubbing the toe or accidentally touching a hot pan. This pain aims to make your brain aware of possible tissue damage and to get you to stop what you are doing at that moment. In addition to the pain, you may also notice symptoms such as a faster heartbeat and shallow breathing when the symptoms are acute.

Chronic pain, on the other hand, can last for years but is often not as intense as acute symptoms. Symptoms vary depending on the person's condition, but common chronic pain manifests itself as burning, stinging, and pain. Sometimes chronic pain can increase and decrease depending on various conditions such as the weather, a person's emotional well-being, and the effects of diet. Common chronic pain conditions include fibromyalgia, migraine, pelvic pain dysfunction, and lower back pain.

Emotional vs. physical pain: What are the differences?

In addition to the acute vs. chronic distinction, some people like to differentiate between emotional and physical pain. However, recent research on this topic shows that there may not be such a clear distinction between mental and physical well-being.

For example, one study found that one dose of acetaminophen (also known as Tylenol) helped people suffering from emotional stress far more than the placebo group. This shows that there is a direct correlation between our physical and mental state.

Thanks to the work of Dr. John Sarno from New York, many doctors today use interesting "mind-body" techniques to help people overcome chronic pain disorders that do not involve direct tissue damage. These therapies include journalism, mindfulness meditation, and psychotherapy. For more information about the growing field of mind-body medicine, see Sarno's work.

What is kratom?

Unfortunately, many negative associations are associated with herbal kratom. You may recall that as early as 2016, the US Food & Drug Administration tried to list kratom as a Category I substance. Although the FDA ban has not come into effect, many U.S. and EU states prohibit the use of kratom in both recreational and medical settings.

Despite all this bad press, committed groups of chronic pain patients claim that kratom has played a significant role in their therapy concept. So what exactly is kratom and could it help with chronic pain?

Let's start with the basics. Officially called Mitragyna speciosa, kratom is a green subtropical plant related to the coffee bean. Over the centuries, people in Southeast Asia have cultivated and used different varieties of kratom for different purposes. In addition to chronic pain, traditional Asian healers have used kratom for many mood disorders such as anxiety, depression, and chronic fatigue

Although there is no ton of research on the physiological effects of kratom, most scientists believe that this plant owes its analgesic properties to dozens of naturally occurring alkaloids. Of these compounds, mitragynine and 7-HMG seem to be the strongest.

These alkaloids can temporarily block pain signals in the brain. However, unlike stronger opiates, kratom does not appear to bind directly to opiate receptors. This leads some analysts to believe that kratom could be used to help opiate addicts to break away from harder drugs like heroin.

In addition to its possible applications in rehabilitation, kratom could be useful as an alternative to pharmaceutical opiates. Some countries like Denmark and Finland now allow doctors to prescribe kratom for various conditions. Since this herb is completely natural, many advocates claim that it does not have the potential side effects of pharmaceutical opiates.

Similar to cannabis, the strain you use has a great influence on the effect you experience. Anyone interested in trying kratom for chronic pain needs to understand the basic differences between the different kratom strains.

If you are looking for a kratom product, consider these three classifications: White, green, and red veins. Of these three, the red-veined variety is most commonly associated with chronic pain relief. It is believed that red vein kratom has higher concentrations of alkaloids that can contribute to pain relief. Remember, however, that red vein kratom tends to be the most soothing.

In contrast, kratom with white veins tends to produce energizing effects, making it well suited for patients with chronic fatigue or depression. Finally, kratom with green veins is the perfect variety for those who cannot handle the intensity of white or red products - a much weaker variety.

Now that you know the basic differences between white, green, and red kratom, let's take a closer look at specific varieties for chronic pain.

Red Bali

Red Bali Kratom, named after its Indonesian origin, is praised by the community of people associated with chronic conditions for its high concentrations of alkaloids. Preliminary research suggests that Red Bali may have more 7-HMG than most other kratom varieties, resulting in a strong analgesic effect.

 

At low doses, you may experience a mild intoxication with Red Bali, but remember that its heritage of red veins causes extreme sedation at higher levels. Chronic pain patients who have not been exposed to kratom are usually recommended to start using Red Bali as it is relatively mild and does not tend to cause side effects.

This is how you should dose kratom

Because kratom is such a hotly debated substance, there is no precise scientific basis for the dosage of the herb. However, we do know that kratom tends to produce stimulatory effects in low doses and sedative effects in higher doses. So the dosage of kratom depends on what you're trying to treat and what strain you're using.

Newbies should start with less than 2g of kratom and see how it affects their bodies. If you don't notice any unwanted side effects, you can increase by about 1g until you reach 4g. In general, it is recommended that you never drink more than 10g of kratom per day.

There is currently no evidence that kratom could cause an overdose. People who take this herb in high doses usually fall into a deep sleep within minutes of ingesting it. However, you can develop a tolerance to kratom if you take the herb every day. To avoid this, try to skip your kratom doses throughout the week.

 

Author's Bio: 

Ikhraaf Qaiser is a blogger and renowned author on many websites. He loves to write about health, lifestyle, and travel.