Alternative to Speciosa - Akuamma for Pain & Sleep Support

Alternative to Speciosa - Akuamma for Pain & Sleep Support

 Akuamma seeds from the  Picralima nitida  tree

Akuamma seeds from the Picralima nitida tree

WHAT IS AKUAMMA?


Akuammine is the most abundant active alkaloid found in the seeds from the tree Picralima nitida, commonly known as Akuamma.

The dried seeds from this plant are used in traditional medicine throughout West Africa, particularly in Ghana as well as in the Ivory Coast and Nigeria.  The seeds are crushed or powdered and taken orally.

In traditional African medicine, Picralima nitida seeds are used for the treatment of  malaria and diarrhea.  It is used as a painkiller and for its anti-pyretic, anti-diabetic and anti-inflammatory effects.

Of interesting note: “An enterprising Ghanaian hospital started manufacturing standardised 250mg capsules of the powdered P. nitida seed, and sold them around the country where they became widely accepted as a safe and effective pain relief product. This then led researchers to try and discover the active component of the seeds,” according to All About Heaven.

The dried seeds from this plant are used in traditional medicine throughout West Africa, particularly in Ghana as well as in the Ivory Coast and Nigeria. The seeds are crushed or powdered and taken orally, and are mainly used for the treatment of malaria and as a painkiller.

The akuamma plant produces alkaloids which are known to be effective at pain relief. Among these are pericine and akuammine, among others.

WHAT IS AKUAMMA USED FOR TRADITIONALLY?

Latin:    Picralima nitida

Family:    Apocynaceae

Parts Used:  Dried seeds

Taste/Energetics:  Extremely bitter, astringent

Properties:  Anxiolytic, sedative, antispasmodic, analgesic, hypotensive

Actions:  This is a pain relieving herb that is starting to become internationally popular in the internet underground due to akuamma’s pain relieving properties.

According to Herbs for Mental Health: 

Akuamma seeds come from the Akuamma tree in Africa where it grows primarily in the Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Ghana.

It has been used to treat malaria, diarrhea and has long been known for its analgesic and muscle relaxing qualities.

Akuamma might be chosen by some one who wants to shift to non-synthetic opiate agonist herbs (such as kratom) for pain relief.

However, there is little in the way of euphoric mood boost which can accompany kratom.  The effect is far more sedative and analgesic.

Dosage:  500 mg to 5 grams, generally in capsule form.  Too bitter to take as powder or as a tea.

 

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