Kratom leaves come from a four to 16-meter high tree found in tropical areas of Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Papua New Guinea. Traditionally, farmers, fisherman, rubber-tappers, and other laborers in these areas consumed fresh or chopped leaves. They also made tea with the kratom herb to combat signs of fatigue and boost their work performance.

Ancient Use of Kratom Leaves

Throughout many parts of Asia, kratom leaves have been used for millennia. In addition to chewing the leaves to boost energy levels, people also used the kratom herb to treat issues such as morphine or opium addictions, diabetes, digestive issues, and pain. Historically, they also put the leaves into poultices to place over wounds. Often, the plant made an appearance in spiritual ceremonies

Historic Consumption of Kratom Leaves

Traditionally, the people who chewed dried or fresh kratom leaves were called kratom eaters. On average, they tended to use the plant about three to 10 times per day. In many countries including Malaysia, they bought the leaves from kratom traders. Centuries later, these traders are still an active part of the community.

Typically, you can divide traditional kratom eaters into three main groups:

1.    People who chewed kratom leaves to reduce fatigue.

2.    People who used the leaves to manage drug withdrawal symptoms.

3.    People who used the leaves in socio-religious ceremonies.

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