FDA announces seizure of adulterated dietary supplements containing Kratom

With the new range of CBD use and its extracts, another product that is gaining popularity in the same terms is kratom. Kratom is also known as Mitragyna speciosa which you might have heard about and which is currently in the news and the latest trends in the healthcare industry.

More people are switching to alternative methods of cure and to relieve pain and stress. There are several products coming up in the market, especially this pandemic. Once such a product that we can see on the high rise is the “immune boosters” for this COVID which has been increasing. Many people are indulging in the herbal extracts of immune boosters to help themselves to fight this pandemic. 

Discover Kratom 

Kratom is a tropical evergreen tree from Southeast Asia. Kratom is native to Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and many other Asian countries. Kratom is a member of the Rubiaceae family. The leaves of Kratom are consumed by chewing, drying, smoking, using tablets or capsules. It can also be used to extract by boiling in the tea. The effects of kratom are unique. The effects of kratom are found effective even in lower doses. The effects of kratom are as follows: 

Antidepressant  Euphoria  

Uses of Kratom 

The common uses of kratom are as follows 

Analgesic to reduce pain  Prevent withdrawal from opiates Increase energy levels  Reduce fatigue  Make you more alert and  focus  Improve the concentration level Relaxation of body  Reduce stress  Treatment of opiate withdrawal 

But some Asian countries now outlaw its use because of incorrect indulgence in kratom that can be harmful to health. 

Kratom has been used for centuries as an alternative therapy for various health issues 

Some countries like the USA have been using this herbal product as an alternative therapy to reduce muscle pain, treat diarrhea and prevent opiate withdrawal symptoms and addiction. However, its clinical safety and efficacy cannot be determined, FDA has raised some safety concerns about toxicity and its side effects. Kratom is an herbal compound of Asian evergreen plant that helps the body to break nerve pain in a more natural way. Sometimes it’s difficult to deal with pain in certain conditions like ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia, this is when you need to take a break from pain killers.  

Side effects of Kratom 

There are benefits of kratom with related side effects. The mild side effects have been reported among the users which are as follows

Nausea  Vomiting  Drowsiness  Dry mouth  Constipation  Weight loss  Nervousness  Respiratory issues  Narcotic effect  Stimulant effect 

While Kratom has been promoted as a possible solution to opioid addiction, more research needs to verify the claims, its effectiveness, and efficacy. It is important to note that Kratom awareness and research are still in the early stages and this means that its benefits and effects are not well known. 

FDA issues alert for the use of kratom 

In Feb 2014, the FDA issued an alert to the field staff about detaining imported dietary supplements and bulk dietary ingredients that contain kratom. The FDS continues to warn consumers not to use any products labeled as kratom or containing kratom because of its side effects and dependency in the long run. FDA issues warning and inform that kratom is the new dietary ingredient for which there is inadequate information to provide reasonable assurance to the consumers. It also puts the consumer’s health at risk of side effects, illness, and injury 


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