Kratom has for centuries been in use in Burma, Thailand, and Malaysia. In many areas of South East Asia it was (and quite often still is) the most popular herbal remedy and tonic in use by the local population.
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Kratom was used to reduce fever, cure fatigue, cool down the body and enhance motivation – both very important in the blistering tropical heat on the Malay Archipelago -, suppress acute and chronic pain of every type, relieve depression and diarrhea, fight laziness and finally also help people to get awake in the morning, pretty much the way we use coffee.
So it is no wonder that Kratom came very early to the attention of the Dutch botanist Pieter Willem Korthals. In the 19th century he started a vast research project into the botanical resources of what was then the Dutch colony of East India. The Kratom flowers reminded him of a bishop’s head, the miter, and as the indigenous population held the plant in such high esteem, he called it mitragyna speciosa, the “precious miter” tree.
Outside the scientific community however there was never any other name coined for it then the one the Thais had already assigned, and so today it is worldwide known as kratom.
Not long after Korthals the colonial rule of Britain and Holland brought serious changes to the quiet jungles of the Malaysian Peninsula: big lumber companies arrived and substituted vast areas of rainforest with rubber plantations. Farmers were turned into plantation workers, consumer’s goods and the use of money were introduced, and in their trail drug traders arrived.
Imported drugs helped better against diarrhea and malaria than Kratom, but plantation labor proved to be much harder than free farming, so Kratom gained increasing popularity as a stimulant and also found a new use: it proved to be effective against opium addiction, and opium addiction soon was the new scourge spread by Chinese peddlers in the region.