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The Best Natural Alternative to Pain Meds

Chronic pain can result in a rather poor quality of life. And while there are many modern remedies, treatments and pain medications available, many carry serious side effects that can be just as bad or worse than the pain that drove the individual to seek relief in the first place. In the quest for wellness and improved quality of life, many have turned to natural botanicals and herbs for pain relief. Southeast Asian cultures have long favored kratom for a range of uses. Westerners have recently discovered kratom and its unique properties.  Kratora offers a wide variety of kratom strains, along with a number of other botanicals, such as kratom’s cousin, mitragyna hirsuta, along with kanna, akuamma seed powder, blue lotus flower extract, and sakae naa.

Are Natural Alternatives to Pain Meds Effective?

Pain and discomfort is a very subjective experience that can include physical, mental and even emotional components. As such, treating and relieving pain is a very complex and challenging process. Only one thing is certain: there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

To find the best natural alternatives to pain meds, it’s important that you understand how and why pain occurs, along with the approaches for pain management. You will experience pain and discomfort as part of the body’s natural warning system. Nerves detect pain, which is then processed and experienced via the brain’s pain receptors. Pain and discomfort can prompt us to avoid activities and actions that may otherwise cause (or worsen) an injury. Inflammation and other processes within the body can irritate the nerves, resulting in pain and discomfort. In addition to the physical and chemical processes associated with pain, there’s also your subjective experience. Emotional distress or mentally focusing on the discomfort can make that experience feel far more intense. On the other hand, you may find that calmness, relaxation, and distraction/focus on another activity can lead to a situation where pain may be present but you’re not actively experiencing that pain. To complicate matters further, an upset emotional state can result in physical pain, even when there’s no apparent physical stimulus present.

Relief can come in many forms. One strategy involves numbing the nerves that detect pain, while another approach involves acting upon the neurotransmitters and pain receptors in the brain so pain is experienced differently. It’s also possible to relax the body and mind in a way that reduces the intensity of the discomfort. Studies into those who use kratom for pain management have found that the alkaloids impact the neurotransmitters and pain receptors in the brain, while also promoting relaxation.

Each person’s experience with discomfort and pain is unique. Plus, there are many different sensations that translate into discomfort, so this means that a pain management strategy must be highly customized and personalized. What’s more, the way in which a substance is used can have a major impact on its effects.

Red vein strains are favored amongst those who use kratom for pain management. But kratom isn’t the only substance that’s widely used as a natural remedy for pain and discomfort. Other popular botanicals, plants, and herbs for pain relief include kanna, mitragyna hirsuta, blue lotus, akuamma seed powder, and sakae naa.

About Using Kratom for Pain Management

Kratom (mitragyna speciosa) has been used as a natural pain relief remedy for many generations by native cultures in Southeast Asia. A relative of the coffee tree, kratom comes in three basic varieties — green vein, white vein, and red vein — and dozens of unique strains which are usually named according to the area of origin.

Kratom contains numerous alkaloids that act upon the brain’s opioid receptors — receptors that are impacted by many prescription pain medications. Indigenous cultures have long used red vein kratom for pain management, although some white and green vein varieties also gained favor as these varieties tend to be less sedative. Maeng Da is also quite popular for pain and discomfort. Kratora currently sells a number of different strains of kratom, including white vein Maeng Da, red vein Kali kratom, ultra enhanced Indo (UEI), and red vein Sumatra kratom, to name a few. We also carry a relatively new red vein strain called Bentuangie kratom, found in the Indonesian jungles.

All products sold on Kratora’s website is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or condition.  All of our products on this website are not sold for human consumption and are for incense or ethnobotanical research purposes only.

Other Popular Natural Alternatives to Pain Medications

In addition to kratom, there are a number of additional plants that have gained popularity as a natural alternative to pain medication. Kratora carries a number of other botanicals, including the following items.

  • Mitragyna hirsuta – A relative of kratom that’s native to Southeast Asia, mitragyna hirsuta is also called kra thum khok. Mitragyna hirsuta contains an alkaloid called mitraphylline, which acts upon some of the same receptors in the brain that are impacted by opiate pain medications.
  • Fermented kanna – Fermented kanna (sceletium tortuosum) is made from kanna roots that are subjected to a fermentation process. This subsequently enhances the effects of kanna, which has long been used by South Africa’s Hotentot tribe as a pain reliever.
  • Akuamma seed powder – Akuamma seeds have long been used by native African cultures in Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Congo, Zaire, and Cameroon. Scientists have found that the compounds within these seeds act upon the brain’s mu opioid receptors — the same receptors impacted by opiate pain medications.
  • Kava extract – Native to the Pacific islands, the kava kava root has a rich history. The root is traditionally blended into a drink that has been prized amongst indigenous cultures for its effects such as anxiety relief, euphoria, and relief of pain or discomfort.
  • Blue lotus flower extract -The blue lotus flower (nymphaea caerulea) is also called the Egyptian lotus and the blue water lily. This flower possesses more than just beauty, as it contains an alkaloid called aporphine. Since ancient times, this psychoactive alkaloid has been used for pain relief and relaxation.
  • Sakae naa – Sakae naa (combretum quadrangulare) is native to Southeast Asia and it became a popular kratom substitute when mitragyna speciosa was banned in Thailand. In fact, it’s said sakae naa purportedly holds magical powers. Modern researchers have found that combretum quandrangulare comprised of components that have been found to reduce inflammation, create a sense of euphoria, and serve as a stimulant or sedative (depending upon the amount.)

Kratora specializes in botanicals from across the globe, whether you’re seeking them for use as incense or as part of your own personal research. We carry a wide variety of kratom, blue lotus, mitragyna hirsuta, kanna, sakae naa, kava, and akuamma seeds. Scroll to the top of this page to browse our selection, filtering by region, by effects, and by product type.

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