Traditional herbal medicines have been used for centuries as medicinal cures. Moreover, herbal and conventional medicines have identical processes in mediating its effects on the human body. On the other hand, this also gives herbal medicines the potential to cause harmful side effects if not ingested or used correctly.
Tinctures are basically an alcoholic extract often made up of various concentrations of ethanol. Some herbal tinctures do not use ethanol as a solvent-though this is the most frequently applied solvent. Other solvents used in tinctures include vinegar, glycerol, and ether propylene glycol. Herbs are put in a jar and soaked in 40% alcohol that is left to stand for 2-3 weeks. This is then shaken occasionally to maximize the concentration of the solution.
Kratom plants are used to make tinctures for various functions. Kratom is a medicinal plant harvested from large trees of the Rubiaceae family native to Southeast Asia. It was formally documented by the Dutch colonial botanist who gave its genus name Mitragyna, for the stigmas of the first species resembled the shape of a bishop's mitre. Kratom leaves are constantly being shed and replaced, while leaf fall is abundant during the dry season of the year. This is replaced with new growth that is more plentiful during the rainy season. Kratom trees grow best in wet, humid, fertile soil with medium to full sun exposure. There are two different strains of Kratom - the white vein and red vein Kratom.
The Kratom plant's pharmacology is primarily mediated by the alkaloid mitragynine, which have no psychedelic effects or similarities to such substances. The Kratom is also used as a sedative, pain killer, anti-diarrheal solution, and is used to treat opiate addiction.
The calming effects of a Kratom tincture acts as a sedative that helps people recover from lack of rest, and it is commonly applied to people ailing from insomnia. A tincture of kratom acts as a caffeine-like stimulant when taken in lower dosages.
A Kratom tincture is also used alternatively to help people battling with opium addiction. It diminishes the cravings of the patient and is used whenever a patient experiences withdrawal symptoms. Detox centers in New Zealand have used this in different applications to treat and manage drug dependence.
In Europe and North America, Kratom is used to treat conditions like pain, depression, and anxiety. However, caution should be enforced when applying a Kratom tincture. It is best to consult a qualified physician concerning the right use of this medicinal substance to ensure safety.