What Is Inflammation?
Inflammation is a common symptom accompanying a wide range of diseases. It is a defensive process by which the body tries to protect itself against infections caused by foreign substances like bacteria and viruses with the help of the white blood cells and their products.
Inflammation can be confirmed when the following signs are apparent:
- Soreness in the joints
- Burning or warm sensations
- Joint ache
- Joint rigidity
- Damage in the joints or loss of its functionality
Sometimes inflammation may not be apparent and may be confused with general flu due to its flu-like symptoms which include:
- Loss of hunger
- Muscle rigidity
Looking closely at the chemical reactions that occur during the process, it has been known that whenever a foreign object enters the body, the white blood cells identify them and rush to the site of injury where they release the chemicals to protect the affected area. This release of chemicals results in an increase of blood flow at that site which is why there tends to be redness and warmth. The leak of these released fluids into the tissue also result in swelling, and the nerve stimulation during the whole process leads to severe pain in some cases.
Anti-Inflammatory Properties Of Kratom:
Kratom is an all-natural herb which is known since ages for its powerful health benefits. It is not only useful as a substitute for drugs like an opiate, but also synthetic pharmaceutical drugs prescribed for pain relief. It has strong anti-inflammatory and pain killing effects pretty much like ibuprofen. It is due to these various advantages offered by this single herb, that many people have been able to adopt a completely natural and drug-free life.
The various alkaloids that it contains and its complex interactions together promote these health benefits to its users. Some of the alkaloids which specifically help in giving the herb its anti-inflammatory properties are:
- Epicatechin: Other than being anti-inflammatory, it is quite an important alkaloid when playing a role of preventing cancer. It also has the following features- Antioxidant, antihepatitic, antiaggregant, antiseptic, antidiuretic, anti-mutagenic, antiperoxidant, and antiviral.
- Rhynchophylline: This anti-inflammatory alkaloid comprises about 1% of the total alkaloid content of the leaf. It is rich in other properties like- Vasodilation, antiaggregant, antihypertensive, antipyretic, calcium channel blocker, anti-arrhythmic and anthelmintic.
Hence this herb has numerous benefits to offer and is almost a one-stop solution to most of our diseases. Its proper use can help us to live a herbal and disease free life.