Sunday November 17, 2019

Researchers: The Herb kratom to Treat Pain and Opioid Addiction Not Safe for Use

Kratom, a herbal supplement derived from a plant that grows throughout southeast Asia

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Those using kratom experienced several side effects including toxicity, vomiting, hallucinations, and agitation, among others. Pixabay

Researchers have found that the herb ‘kratom’, which is increasingly being used to treat pain and opioid addiction, is not safe for use.

In the study published in the journal Pharmacotherapy, researchers from the Binghamton University observed that those using kratom experienced several side effects including toxicity, vomiting, hallucinations, and agitation, among others.

Kratom, a herbal supplement derived from a plant that grows throughout southeast Asia, is used to treat opioid use disorder, treat/prevent withdrawal or treat pain.

“Although it is not as strong as some other prescription opioids, kratom does still act as an opioid in the body. In larger doses, it can cause slowed breathing and sedation, meaning that patients can develop the same toxicity they would if using another opioid product,” said William Eggleston, Assistant Professor at the varsity.

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Researchers have found that the herb ‘kratom’, which is increasingly being used to treat pain and opioid addiction, is not safe for use. Pixabay

“It is also reported to cause seizures and liver toxicity. Kratom may have a role in treating pain and opioid use disorder but more research is needed on its safety and efficacy. Our results suggest it should not be available as a herbal supplement,” Eggleston said.

For the study, the research team conducted a retrospective review of a data containing reported cases of kratom exposures to determine the toxicities associated with its use.

A total of 2,312 kratom exposures were reported, with 935 cases involving kratom as the only substance. Kratom most commonly caused agitation (18.6 per cent), tachycardia (16.9 per cent), drowsiness (13.6 per cent), vomiting (11.2 per cent), and confusion (8.1 per cent).

Serious effects of seizure (6.1 per cent), withdrawal (6.1 per cent), hallucinations (4.8 per cent), respiratory depression (2.8 per cent), coma (2.3 per cent) and cardiac or respiratory arrest (0.6 per cent) were also reported.

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The findings suggest kratom is not reasonably safe and poses a public health threat due to its availability as a herbal supplement. (IANS)

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Poor Posture can Lead to Chronic Pain

It was mainly pain in my upper back and neck and shoulder area," he said. "It was just on the one side

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FILE - People work on laptops in a reading room at the British Library in London, June 20, 2011. VOA

Cellphones and computers are everywhere in almost every country across the globe, and it is common to see people hunched over these devices. Posture.

When Dr. Lushantha Gunasekera at Orlando Health began feeling back pain, he thought he needed strength training.

“It was mainly pain in my upper back and neck and shoulder area,” he said. “It was just on the one side.”

Nathaniel Melendez, a fitness specialist at the Orlando Health gym, was certain the doctor’s pain was from poor posture.

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When Dr. Lushantha Gunasekera at Orlando Health began feeling back pain, he thought he needed strength training. Pixabay

“The internally rotated shoulders, the rounded back, head is down, neck is down,” he said, describing what he saw in Gunasekera.

Hunching over a computer screen or cellphone compresses the neck muscles, which causes fatigue, muscle tension and headaches, and can injure vertebrae, Melendez says, but adds that it can be prevented and corrected.

“You’d be surprised what strengthening your core and doing postural corrective exercises can do for your body,” he said.

Melendez says even a slight misalignment can cause major strain, but researchers at Orlando Health found that less than half the Americans they surveyed seemed to care — until the pain sets in.

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As for Gunasekera, he says changing his posture made a huge difference.

“It’s really helped out,” he said. “Now, I don’t have pain there anymore.”

Experts advise computer users who are seated to be at eye level with the screen. Cellphone and computer users are encouraged to take frequent breaks and to remain aware of their posture. (VOA)