Wash your hands, stay in your house, avoid other people as much as possible. Covid-19 rates are climbing exponentially. Following these simple steps will save lives in your community.
There’s no evidence kratom is a cure for the COVID-19 strain of Coronavirus. It is completely irresponsible to suggest otherwise. Anyone experiencing symptoms should call their doctor and not rely on kratom. Kratom is not yet proven to be a cure for anything.
Most people use kratom for general wellness, as an energy boost, or as a tool to get through anxiety, depression, and/or chronic pain.
The Indonesian newspaper Pontianak Post recently published an article quoting Dr. Thamrin Usman of Tanjungpura University. Dr. Usman said that certain kratom alkaloids behave similarly to Chloroquine, a medication used to treat malaria.
Chloroquine has been misreported as an alkaloid found in kratom leaves.
Dr. Usman was giving advice to the Indonesian people regarding the outbreak of Covid-19, for which there is no cure and no vaccine. He suggested people try to boost their immunity through natural herbal supplements that grow in Indonesia. Dr. Usman said:
By looking at the chemical structure of Chloroquine molecules which contain secondary and tertiary amine compound structures, it can be considered to use kratom leaves. Because Mitragynine compounds in kratom are actually secondary and tertiary amines.
Billy Carlylse, in pointing out these false reports, writes:
There are no scientific experiments to prove kratom has alkaloids that can stop the coronavirus. While there are molecules that are similar in their atomic structure to chloroquine, as Dr. Usman was announcing, this does not mean kratom’s molecules would behave in a similar fashion in an experiment with the coronavirus.
There may be some indication that kratom is an immune booster, however not enough research exists to conclusively prove this is the case.
Anecdotally, dozens of comments both on KratomScience.com and Reddit from kratom consumers claim symptoms of common colds are alleviated faster when consuming kratom. We’ve also experienced this personally.
In summary, there is no evidence kratom fights Covid-19. Kratom should not be used in place of hand-washing, staying away from other people, and calling your doctor when you have symptoms.