Kratom has been used traditionally in Southeast Asia for centuries for everything from aches and pains to a daily energy source to combat tiredness or boredom while working, not unlike it’s cousin (fellow Rubiacea)coffee in much of the rest of the world. In addition to these properties however, mitragyna speciosa also posseses potent antioxidant power through one of it’s constituents, epicatechin. Epicatechin is related to epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) which is a plant metabolite found in green tea .
In a 2014 study from The Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, “Antioxidant value and antiproliferative efficacy of mitragynine and a silane reduce analogue” researchers concluded that the study suggested “that the medicinal and nutritional values of mitragynine obtained from ketum [kratom] leaves that grow in the tropical forest of Southeast Asia and its analogues is not limited to analgesic [pain killing] properties but could be promising antioxidant and anticancer or chemopreventative compounds.”
It’s this antioxidant effect of the kratom leaves that not only leads to it’s being an immunostimulant and detoxifying agent, scavenging free radicals caused by oxidative stress, but that also results in it being a powerful antibacterial and antioxidant when used topically. In the previous study it was shown that topical kratom extract slowed the growth of papilloma in laboratory rodents.
“Evaluation of Antioxidant and Antibacterial Activities Activities of Aqueous, Methanolic and Alkaloid Extracts from Mitragyna Speciosa” was published in 2009 in the journal Molecules. Researchers at the Institute for Molecular Medicine found studies on the antioxidant and antimicrobial qualities of mitragyna speciosa leaf extracts to be lacking and as a result delved into some lesser studied properties of the plant. In the study they utilized water based, methanolic and alkaloidal extracts of the mitragyna speciosa (kratom) plant. Phenols and flavonoids were estimated to be responsible for much of the antibacterial and antimicrobial potency of kratom extracts when used topically. Extracts were effective against Salmonella typhi and Bacillus subtilis when tested in clinical conditions and the alkaloidal extract was most potent as an antimicrobial/antibacterial agent against all microorganisms tested.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that more than 80% of the world still relies on folk and traditional plant based medicine as a primary means of health care. Due to this many more researchers over the past decade are looking into Asia and the Amazon to discover the long hidden secrets of the Earth’s herbal pharmacopoeia. If you’re interested in learning how to make kratom soap using our soap kits make sure to check out our fool-proof recipe found here.
DISCLAIMER: While all information above was compiled from legitimate sources this article is not intended to be considered medical advice or to take the place of advice of a medical professional.