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Kratom is making headlines as both a natural and safe pain reliever AND as a targeted and dangerous herb. After centuries of use in Asia, kratom is just one more herb to join the ranks of analgesic herbs to draw the government’s scrutiny. Those that use this plant as an alternative to addictive prescription pain killers are growing increasingly worried that it will become banned by the FDA and DEA leaving patients helpless in the wake of the opioid epidemic. CO-hosts Sue, Candace and Patrick reflect on their interview with Michael Tierra D.O.M., L.A.c., who has been using kratom to help his patients successfully over the years. They bring more information to light as we try to navigate the stormy seas of pain management in America. How will kratom weather this storm?
Herbs we mentioned:
Resources we mentioned:
- NPR: Jump in Overdoses Show Opioid Epidemic has Worsened
- Dr. Chris McCurdy Interview by David Kroll : Forbes magazine
- Playboy: Drug that Scares the Government for All the Wrong Reasons
- New York Times: How to Win a War on Drugs
- Kratom Podcast
- Planetary Herbals
- East/West School of Planetary Herbology
- American Kratom Association
Join podcast cohost Sue Sierralupe at the Traditional Roots Herbal Conference in Portland, OR May 18-20th, 2018 and at the Wildflower and Music Festival at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum in Eugene, OR May 20, 2018. Thanks to the Journal of Functional Herbalism for their excellent work and inclusion of Real Herbalism Radio as a resource.
Michael Tierra L.A.c., O.M.D. founder of the East-West School of Herbology where he works as both a clinician and instructor. He has published several books including Planetary Herbology, The Way of Herbs, The Way of Chinese Herbs, The Natural Remedy Bible, and Chinese Traditional Herbal Medicine, which he co-authored with his wife, Lesley Tierra, L.Ac.