It is perhaps well-known among Kratom users that Kratom has the ability to suppress diarrhea. In-fact, this effect of Kratom can be quite miraculous, since Kratom can eliminate an upset GI tract in less than an hour.
A scientific study titled ‘Inhibitory effects of kratom leaf extract (Mitragyna speciosa Korth.) on the rat gastrointestinal tract‘ sought to determine just how strong Kratom’s anti-diarrheal effects were, and surprisingly, it was found that Kratom has anti-diarrheal effects equivalent to the most popular anti-diarrheal medication, which is Imodium/Loperamide.
For this study rats were given castor-oil in order to induce diarrhea, and then one group of rats was given Kratom, and another group of rats was given Imodium (Loperamide) as a control.
The data definitively showed that Kratom reduced defecation frequency, the looseness of the stool, and fecal weight. In other words, Kratom stopped the diarrhea.
The most notable result according to the scientists is that “The antidiarrheal effect of loperamide was not significantly different from that of the kratom extract”.
Literally, Kratom has anti-diarrheal effects that are just as good as the top anti-diarrheal medication.
Further, whereas Loperamide/Imodium is actually a synthetic opioid, and has been known to cause serious physical addiction for those who abuse it, Kratom lacks addiction potential and is therefore much safer than Loperamide/Imodium (this topic will be explained in detail in a future article on Kratom Cafe).
Zooming out, Kratom’s anti-diarrheal effects are actually of critical medical importance. Diarrhea can cause severe bodily damage, and even death, during diseases such as Dysentery, Cholera, and food poisoning. In-fact, diarrhea actually kills 2,195 children every day, and many more adults.
Thus, Kratom’s anti-diarrheal effects are not only convenient for every day life, but in many cases Kratom’s anti-diarrheal effects could save lives, in cases where someone is losing water and nutrients rapidly due to some sort of disease.