Kratom is a plant that grows in Thailand, Malaysia, and other Southeast Asian countries. It belongs to the same plant family as coffee, and its leaves have been used for medical purposes for millennia. The leaves of the kratom plant contain alkaloids, which when taken can have psychedelic effects. Kratom powder is the dried and powdered version of the leaves. It is commonly taken orally as a tablet, capsule, or extract, or as a tea. Some claim that kratom powder has a variety of health benefits, such as pain reduction, improved mood, and increased vitality. However, there is little scientific data to back up these claims, and the US Food and Drug Administration has not certified kratom for medical usage (FDA).