Kratom and Digestion

Posted on January 24, 2011 by

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Since using kratom I have noticed some major improvement in my digestive process.  Due to my health problems I tend to have poor digestion in general and food moves a little too quickly through my digestive tract. Kratom has drastically improved my assimilation process. I have also become very regular. (in digestion only, he he)

I attribute the improved digestion in part due to the slowing down of peristalsis, but also to the bitter quality of the herb. Bitter herbs are known to stimulate the flow of digestive juices, release of insulin and glucogon, as well as the release of bile. The potentiating herbs I use in combination with kratom also aid in the digestive process.

Ginger is known to help with digestive issues such as indigestion, gas and bloating, diarrhea, and irritable bowel syndrome. It also settles and upset stomach and relieves nausea which can be a side effect of kratom. As well as having anti-tumor and ant-inflammatory qualities, turmeric is known to act as a chologogue (increase bile flow).  Black pepper is known to decrease flatulence and bloating as well as increase the flow of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Cinnamon is another potentiator that helps regulate blood sugar and relieve indigestion, nausea and gas. These are just a few.

The other side of the coin is that in slowing down gut motility many people can experience constipation. To relieve this problem the simplest approach is to use moderation in your dosage and make sure you are properly hydrated. Milk thistle seed is recommended for it’s miraculous qualities of detoxification of the liver and its effect on constipation. Eating chili peppers or hot sauce are known to amplify the effects of the kratom as well as stimulate the digestive process. Most curries are balancing to the digestive system (in most people) and increase the effects of kratom.

Some basic yoga poses ( instruction easily found online) that help relieve constipation are hero’s pose or Virasana, down facing hero pose or Adho Mukha Virasana, head to knee pose or Janushirasana, corpse pose or Shavasana and Tadasana or mountain pose just to name a few. Simple gentle abdominal massage as well as increasing fiber intake through supplementation and diet also help. This isn’t a comprehensive list but you get the idea. As you can see striving to maintain homeostasis while enjoying your kratom is a process that can lead to practices and knowledge that can help with personal growth in other areas of your life.

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