Kra Thum Na (Mitragyna javanica)
Kra Thum Na (Mitragyna javanica) and Kra Thum Kok (Mitragyna hirsuta) are both of the Rubiaceae family, look similar, and have similar effects. Both are used in the treatment of pain and stress, however Kra Thum Na is considered more stimulating than its’ sedating cousin, Kra Thum Kok. In fact, it is commonly used by Muay Thai fighters as a stimulant, to get “amped up” before a fight. It is one of the few herbs that both calms and energizes the body. The leaves are either chewed or brewed as a tea with hot water. Kra Thum Na has similar effects to drugs like: opiates, amphetamines and benzodiazepines. However, Kra Thum Na is a safe and natural alternative to these highly dangerous and addictive drugs.