Kratom's positive effects are basically undeniable. It is good for so many things and is a time-honored herbal medicine in many cultures. But is it safe for everyone? And can it do damage to people with compromised organs? Here we will look at the potential effect Kratom can have on your liver and more.
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KRATOM LIVER DAMAGE
There has been much concern about the possible negative effects that kratom could have on the health of people's livers. However, as the users over at Bluelight have pointed out in the past, the answer is not easily quantifiable.
It is not clear whether kratom use can have a direct influence on liver degradation. As one user wrote, “It's prudent to avoid taking kratom with other drugs that are hard on the liver or if you already have liver damage.
Like most medications, kratom is filtered through the liver and kidneys and, as such, it may put a toll on your organs. But it is worth mentioning that there is little medical evidence that kratom is detrimental to liver health.
KRATOM'S EFFECTS ON THE LIVER
As mentioned above, the liver is one of the vital tools of the body when it comes to filtering out toxins. As such, people are rightfully fearful about the effect that kratom could exert on this major organ. But again, the evidence does not seem to support these fears.
There is no documented history of kratom being responsible for any damage to the liver or any other vital organs, for that matter. Current information suggests that there is no risk of liver toxicity to kratom.
That being said, there have been user reports of jaundice (yellowing of the skin) which goes far toward explaining why people are worried that kratom may cause liver damage. It is important to note, however, that this skin discoloration typically occurs in people who have been using kratom over a long period of time, something that is never advisable for a multitude of reasons, not least of which is its potential for tolerance, addiction and abuse.
According to information provided by a Rooshvforum user, there have been reports of liver-related problems in those using kratom extracts. Kratom extracts are much stronger than regular kratom because they are highly concentrated. For those looking to avoid these potential side effects and health complications, it is advisable to stick to kratom powder or kratom tea.
WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?
According to the National Institute of Diabetes And Digestive And Kidney Diseases, Kratom's hepatotoxicity is potentially detrimental to the liver. On their official website, they say, “Chronic use of kratom recreationally has been associated with rare instances of acute liver injury.”
Their research shows that the onset of liver damage typically occurs within two to eight weeks of daily kratom use.
For those curious to learn more about these findings, clinical studies are available for review at LiverTox.
But not everyone believes this is actually the case. On the contrary, some kratom users have reported improvement from taking kratom on a regular basis. Bambi, a user afflicted with Hepatitis C and auto-immune problems, wrote to Natural News Blogs to say that she takes kratom daily around 15-20 grams for chronic pain. “I spent 16 years on opiates,” she says. “My liver before kratom was causing monthly hospital stays, jaundice, hepatic encephalitis and massivelty high enzyme levels.
“Since last March I have the lowest numbers I've ever had. My liver looks great.”
Another user named Renee writes, “I have been using Kratom for over a year, along with Enbrel and Arava for Rheumatoid Arthritis, so I have my numbers checked every three months and all have remained in the normal range.”
Clearly, the potential of liver damage from regular kratom use is a cause for alarm only on a case by case basis. Responsible users can always go to their doctors on a regular, scheduled basis to have their liver enzyme levels checked.
A user by the handle SitDownBrother also suggests getting your liver levels checked over at drugs-forum.com. Back in 2009, a Bluelight user even wrote, “I've been using daily for years, and I also drink alcohol pretty often, and I have to say that I don't show any symptoms of liver or kidney issues.”
DOES KRATOM HARM YOUR KIDNEYS?
In addition to potentially damaging your liver, excessive and prolonged kratom use has also been linked to kidney damage. But once again, it appears as though this is a case by case thing.
A user named Donna says, “I just had blood work a few weeks ago and everything improved except glucose. I've been eating good, a lot of sugar...but my liver and kidney function is great.”
There is little to know medical evidence to back up the allegation that kratom is harmful to the kidneys and countless user experiences on forums further debunk the claim.
The most common side effects of chronic kratom use do not typically involve the liver or kidneys. They are as follows:
Loss of appetite
EXPERIENCES & SOLUTIONS
There are a multitude of online forums and websites dedicated to the discussion of this potential issue including a website called ilovekratom.com where posters have offered suggestions on how to combat the strain that kratom places on the liver and kidneys.
One poster says, “Get something from the health food store called D-Mannose. It will heal you in no time. It's a miracle type of stuff. Just follow the instructions and drink water with it. Whatever bad is in your kidneys or bladder, it will catch it and you'll flush it out. The bacteria will cling to it.”
The greatest solution to the potential problem of liver complications is to cycle your kratom doses, taking week-long breaks from kratom use. Other measures that can be taken include using supplements like milk thistle to regenerate your liver.
Personally, I take NOW Liver on a daily basis to regularly rejuvenate my liver after drinking binges and the like. NOW Liver Detoxifier & Regenerator contains milk thistle extract, Vitamin C, N-Acetyl Cysteine and Methionine. This is a good way to flush one's liver out and reverse daily wear and tear.
As with all nootropics, kratom should be used responsibly. If undesirable symptoms occur, users should discontinue kratom use and seek immediate medical attention. Be safe, be smart and emancipate your mind.