Mitragyna hirsuta is a herb found in plenty in the parts of Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. It is tall in height and has got similar sensational effects like the Mitragyna speciosa when its leaves are chewed. Its sensational effect is unique compared to other herbs due to its ability to stimulate and to sedate at the same time. These properties are opposite to one another yet they reside in the leaves of Mitragyna hirsuta. The leaves energize, induce euphoric results and create relaxation as well. When used in small doses, the leaves induce stimulating effects and when the leaves are used in large quantities, the users will experience sedating and relaxing effects in their body. Opiates can produce the same effect but due to its harmful and highly addictive effects, Mitragyna hirsuta is used because it is much safer than the same. Such a peculiar tree. In the vast parts of Thailand, the leaves are taken together with betel nuts and sometimes brewed with hot water to add the flavor and to get other benefits from the leaves of Mitragyna hirsuta. The herb has other common names especially in Thailand and Vietnam. It is also known as Kra thum Na.
Kra thum has got important chemical properties that are responsible for its stimulating and sedating qualities. It has got indole alkaloids which are responsible for its anti-malarial and analgesic properties. Studies have shown that Mitraphylline, which is an alkaloid, has the ability to inhibit the growth of cancerous cells and the good news is the Mitragyna hirsuta has got doses of this alkaloid.
The usage of Kra thum requires appropriate doses made to tea for the majority of users. Being a medical remedy and a beverage at the same time, Kra thum has gained a lot of fame and used extensively throughout the areas mentioned above as India, Thailand and Vietnam.