Kratom or Mitragyna Speciosa is a tropical evergreen tree of the coffee plant family. It has recently become a very popular natural alternative to harmful and addictive prescription medications. Kratom has proven itself to be a safe and effective herbal remedy for many medical conditions such as chronic pain, anxiety, depression, opioid withdrawal symptoms, chronic fatigue syndrome and insomnia. Kratom is used very effectively as a stimulant and as so has the capability of becoming habit forming with frequent and high dosage and you can run the risk of developing chemical dependency. This article will help anyone looking to quit their Kratom usage while avoiding the possible withdrawal symptoms that some can experience.
Kratom Withdrawal Symptoms
Although many do not experience any withdrawal symptoms at all when quitting Kratom, there are still some who do. The symptoms seem to vary from person to person, but here are some of the possible symptoms you can experience while getting Kratom out of your system.
- Hot Flashes
- Muscle Aches
- Nausea and vomiting
- Restless legs
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
So what can you do to help prevent these possible symptoms?
Preventing and Coping with Withdrawal Symptoms
Just like with quitting any other addictive substance, such as caffeine or sugar, it is important to recognize that there are different ways to go about it and one way might be right for some, while another may be right for others. The important thing here is that you decipher which method is more suited for you.
There are two ways that you can quit Kratom. The quick way of cold turkey or the slow way which is to taper down your dose. Most people just seem to handle the tapering down method better, which is to slowly lower your dose over a course of several weeks.
Some people prefer this gentler method, while others just want to get it over with already as quickly as possible. So whichever method you choose, here are some strategies for making the withdrawal more tolerable:
- Natural Remedies– There are a number of natural remedies available that can help relieve the symptoms of Kratom withdrawal. For instance valerian root which is good as a sleep aid or anti-anxiety option or turmeric which is great for pain.
- Exercise– Any level of exercise, from walking to kickboxing is an excellent way to destress while speeding up the recovery process by sweating it out of your system.
- Visit your doctor– Depending on how severe your symptoms are you can always talk to your doctor who can prescribe detox medication for you to help alleviate symptoms.
Caution for Mental Health Treatment
It is important to note that if you are taking Kratom for a mental health disorder such as anxiety or depression then the tapering down method is highly recommended, as well as a visit to your doctor or psychiatrist.
Typically quitting Kratom is relatively mild, with little to no symptoms, but depending on one’s special medical needs you might need to take one or some of these additional precautions. But for the most part withdrawal at home with no additional measures is quite normal.