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Another Scientific Study Has Confirmed That Kratom Has Anti-Bacterial Properties, And Explains How Exactly Kratom Kills Bacteria

A previous article on The Kratom Herald discussed a scientific study which found that Kratom has anti-bacterial properties. Specifically, in that study Kratom was added to Petri dishes which were filled with Staphylococcus aureus, which is the bacteria that causes Acne, and it was found that increasing concentrations of Kratom killed the bacteria at larger and larger radii.

Based on the results of that study it was theorized that Kratom has anti-bacterial properties in general for all sorts of bacteria, and a new study has added to the evidence that Kratom kills bacteria.

The new scientific study is titled ‘Antibacterial Activity Test Of Kratom Leaf Extract Against Staphylococcus epidermidis‘. Notably this scientific study is written in another language and needs to be translated into English in order to read it.

This new study investigates Kratom’s effects on a different type of bacteria, specifically Staphylococcus epidermidis, which is a bacteria that is commonly found on human skin and usually isn’t a problem, although under certain circumstances it can cause infections, and therefore it is important to have medicines which can combat this bacteria. Further, this bacteria has shown resistance to antibiotics, and therefore it is important to discover non-antibiotic agents which can eliminate this bacteria, such as Kratom.

In this study a Kratom extract was created, and this Kratom extract was added to Petri dishes which contained bacteria. The anti-bacterial efficacy of the Kratom was then measured based on how much of a clear space formed around the Kratom extract, since clear space corresponds to areas where the bacteria was not able to grow due to the anti-bacterial activity of the Kratom.

Ultimately, it was found that increasing concentrations of Kratom in the extract, from 12.5% all the way up to 60%, led to an increasing clear space around the Kratom, meaning that more Kratom leads to more anti-bacterial activity.

The scientists go on to explain the mechanisms behind Kratom’s anti-bacterial activities. One of the mechanisms is that alkaloids inhibit bacteria DNA synthesis, causing bacterial cell walls to not form properly, which causes the bacteria to die, in addition to disrupting the arrangement of amino acids in bacteria which also causes the bacteria to die.

Further, the Flavonoids contained in Kratom disrupt DNA and RNA synthesis in bacteria, damage the bacteria’s membranes, and inhibit the ability of bacteria to metabolize energy, all of which cause the bacteria to die.

Based on these results, the scientists conclude that Kratom has high anti-bacterial efficacy, and that topical Kratom products should be produced, since they could be useful for fighting skin infections and Acne.

Zooming out, this data further solidifies the theory that Kratom is an effective anti-bacterial agent, especially since this study discusses the actual scientific mechanisms by which Kratom kills bacteria. 

This topic certainly deserves more research, in order to determine all of the types of bacteria that Kratom is effective against, and if taking Kratom orally can help fight infection, since based on this evidence it seems plausible that taking Kratom can help fight against all sorts of bacterial infections.