What is Ayahuasca?

Ayahuasca is a powerful medicinal concoction that many indigenous communities from the Amazon basin use for healing purposes for mind, body, and soul.

The ‘Ayahuasca’ brew, in most tribes of the jungle, is made primarily from two plants that grow in the Amazon Jungle (Their are some variations of recipes for different tribes): the ayahuasca vine (Banisteriopsis Caapi) and the chakruna leaves (Psychotria Virdis). The Chakruna leaves contain the psychoactive compound DMT (N,N- dimethyltryptamine), and the ayahuasca vine contains monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI), which allow your body to activate the DMT when taken orally. 

Used for centuries within the indigenous communities as a sacred ritual, Ayahuasca is considered to be a master teacher plant, and the sacred ‘gatekeeper’ that exposes the wisdom of the natural world and spirit realms. It is used widely nowadays, as more and more travelers make the voyage to South America seeking its healing power. 

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Choosing a Reputable Center

Organizations such as MAPS are pioneers for the legalization of these plant medicines in the Western world. But unfortunately until these medicines are legalized, it is recommended to visit a reputable center in South America to participate in the healing ceremonies. It is important to do your research and trust your intuition when selecting a center to visit.

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What is Ayahuasca Used for?

In recent years, Ayahuasca is becoming widely considered to be a helpful tool to treat many psychological, physiological, and spiritual maladies, including anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction, and trauma recovery.

More and more scientific research is being performed in order to bring Ayahuasca into the mainstream psycho-neurological healing world, and the studies all point to the same conclusion: that Ayahuasca is a promising new approach and has profound success in treating various forms of mental illness, especially when combined with other forms of therapy. The reason for this is that Ayahuasca helps one access subconscious patterns and repressed memories or energies in order to release them, and to overcome negative habits or behavioral and thought patterns that contribute to diagnoses such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, and addictions.

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Ayahuasca and PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, usually referred to as PTSD, is a disorder that many people struggle with, and which is notoriously difficult to treat. 

A promising new approach to treatment involves the use of Ayahuasca, whose combination of alkaloids and the psychoactive molecule DMT has the effect of promoting cell survival, neuroprotection, neuroplasticity, and the modulation of brain activity. In layman's terms, Ayahuasca promotes healing of PTSD by allowing the patient to access repressed memories, deepen awareness of the trauma from a more objective perspective, and rebalance the psyche by releasing what’s long been held inside. 

Profound clarity and realizations which can take many years in psychotherapy to develop, can likely emerge in a single ceremony. 

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Ayahuasca and Addiction

In the last few decades, Ayahuasca has caught the attention of many scientists in the neuropsychological field of study as a potential therapy for those suffering with the complex problem of addictions. 

Many studies show the powerful effects of Ayahuasca as an effective treatment, perhaps even more so than many conventional psychotherapy or chemical drug treatments. 

The reason Ayahuasca can be such an effective addiction treatment is because, instead of treating symptoms, which most Western medical models operate under, Ayahuasca and other plant medicines address the underlying root causes, emotions, beliefs, thoughts, repressed memories, or traumas that cause the addiction to gain its power over the individual. 

An encounter with Ayahuasca facilitates greater awareness of self and connection to that which is greater than Self, which are two mechanisms by which we can restructure the brain to cease the addictive cycle. It is a new paradigm of treatment. 

It is also effective in the treatment of addiction because it combines healing on so many different levels, such as the physical body (somatic), psychological, mental, and spiritual bodies, and it works directly with the subconscious realm to bring unresolved issues into the light for profound healing.  

After an Ayahuasca ceremony, neuroplasticity is high, meaning the brain is ripe for transformation- a new window of possibilities opens up, an opportunity for a new beginning based on full clarity and intentional behavior. 

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