Meet Mitragyna speciosa, also known as Kratom.
Kratom is a large tree native to Southeast Asia. Its leaves have been used for various medicinal purposes for many centuries. It plays an important role in traditional medicines of Chinese, Thai and Malaysian nations.
For Europeans and other nations of the world, the health benefits of kratom were realized and promoted by Pieter Willem Korthals, a known Dutch botanist and herbalist who spent much of his time in India. Korthals learned of its properties after watching natives chew the leaves of this incredible plant.
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