Analgesics and Kratom – What You Need to Know
Kratom has been around for thousands of years. Over that period, people have slowly come to understand and appreciate all its properties and acknowledge it for the panacea that it is. Even though Kratom is sort of a jack of all trades, it is a master of some, one of them being pain relief. The most potent Kratom strains, like red Maeng da, are some of the most effective pain killers of an herbal origin.
Prescription drugs, supplements, or any other medication classified as pain-relieving is referred to as an analgesic. As with any classification and categorization of any other type of medication, there are different types of analgesics. They are classified on how they are ingested, what type of pain they will relieve you of, and their effectiveness and efficiency, among other things.
When discussing analgesic properties and Kratom, a couple of things first need to be covered.
Types of pain
There are myriad types of pain, but, essentially, all of them are grouped into two categories; acute pain and chronic pain. The former is the more common type of pain. This is where the pain occurs rapidly, and typically goes away without any medical intervention, though medication can be used to hasten up the recovery.
On the other hand, chronic pain is characterized by long bouts, typically months, of extreme pain. Chronic pain is a quintessential symptom of an underlying medical condition. It requires medication, both for the underlying condition and for the pain.
As you may expect, chronic pain is the more severe of the two. Additionally, it is not as unlikely an occurrence as you may expect, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated that over 50 million Americans experience chronic pain. Moreover, more than 20 million people experience chronic pain of a high impact. This the kind of chronic pain that affect a person’s day-to-day activities, such as running errands, going to work, engaging in hobbies, or other activities.
The difference between anesthetics and analgesics
It is a bit confusing to differentiate anesthetic and analgesic, medically speaking, since anesthetics are also pain-relieving medications of sorts, so what is the difference?
The National Agricultural Library provides a nuanced yet effective differentiation between the two. It states that an analgesic is any medication that can provide pain relief without loss of sensation or consciousness. On the other hand, the anesthetic provides pain relief with a certain loss of sensation, but with or without loss of consciousness.
Thus, the key difference between the two types of medication is sensation. For anesthetics, you will feel a bit numb after using it. Anesthetics work by interfering with the nerve signals transmitted when you are feeling pain, from the part of your body where the pain is to the brain. Essentially, your brain loses the ability to process the said pain.
Anesthetics, or general anesthesia, which is their medical term, do have many side effects, including dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, cold sensation, sore throat, muscle aches, drowsiness, itching, and even anxiety.
Anesthesia is linked with a certain degree of analgesia, but not the other way round. It is possible to awaken a person from a sleep state. However, a person who is under general anesthesia must be monitored carefully for several hours and recovers only when the anesthetic agent’s effects wear off.
Types of analgesics
As aforementioned, various types of analgesics exist. However, according to clinical research, there are three main yet broad types of analgesics. They are; non-opioid analgesics, a good example being acetaminophen; adjuvant analgesics, which are medications that are not originally intended to offer pain relief, but are able to do so regardless; and opioids.
Opioids, though being some of the most effective pain killers in the market today, have accounted for more than 70 percent of all the drug overdoses that have taken place in the United States since 2019.
Though not officially recognized, there is a fourth category; natural analgesics. They include non-synthetic pain medications which are plant-based, or any other supplements that are known to fight pain without resulting in loss of sensation or consciousness like some opiates do.
This is not as nascent a concept as you imagine. Before the introduction of modern medication, humans had to rely on natural herbs and other natural means to offer pain relief, and a good example of this is Kratom, which has been used for millennia, and even the earliest civilizations knew about it and used it.
Non-narcotic analgesics and their examples
Kratom is not the only naturally occurring medication that you can use as an alternative to opioid-based pain killers. Be it for either chronic or acute pain, nature is able to provide just what you need. They include;
Regular exercise; is undoubtedly the best thing you can gift yourself, whether in the short term or the long term. It is a proven clinical fact that constantly working out can reduce your pain levels at any given age. Conditions such as lower back pains, arthritic pain, and pregnancy-related pain can all be dealt with appropriately.
Physical therapy; with the best physical techniques, chronic pain can be dealt with effectively and efficiently using physical therapy. With modern technology such as high-end massagers, stretching equipment, and even ultrasound technology, you can relieve yourself of the root cause of the pain, instead of alleviating the symptoms, only for them to keep returning.
Pain is an intricate part of nature, and it has been around since we have been around. Additionally, so has pain relief medication. As we, over the time of our existence, have continued to evolve and continued to interact more and more with our environment, we have discovered more effective and efficient ways to fight both chronic and acute pain. However, to this day, the most effective and efficient pain killers are naturally occurring analgesics.
We are all different, and so is the pain that we experience. Thus, it is vital to try various pain relief methods before you can decide on a particular one. The type that you eventually choose will be determined by whether the pain is external or internal, whether it is in the muscles or it is centralized, or whether it is a special, unique case.
Whatever the factors are, you need not panic. There is a myriad of pain-relief medications and procedures right now, and you can rest assured that you can find one that is tailor suited to your specific needs.
As we continue to learn more about Kratom, it is only logical to believe that such a panacea still has more to offer regarding pain relief. You can best believe that it will be the go-to pain medication for both acute and chronic pain in a couple of years.