Ayahuasca is a spiritual medicine used for many centuries in the sacred traditions and ceremonies of the native Amazon basin. Indigenous tribes have used this ancient medicinal tea to heal illnesses in the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual layers.
What Ingredients are in Ayahuasca?
Ayahuasca is composed of Banisteriopsis Caapi vine, Chacruna, and various other plant ingredients. The active ingredients of the different plants in the Ayahuasca beverage taken during ceremony, create unique interactions to each brew for a powerful hallucinogenic experience.
The main substance inside Chacruna is the neurotransmitter called dimethyltryptamine (DMT). This neurotransmitter is naturally occuring within the human brain and plays a role in bringing humans into altered states of consciousness.
What are common effects of taking Ayahuasca?
The plant’s effects can last anywhere from 4 to 8 hours depending on dose and metabolism of the individual. Each batch of Ayahuasca varies in strength, making it tough to anticipate the effects and experience of the herbal medicine. Some effects you may experience are:
- Alterations to one’s consciousness
- Close and open-eyed visuals
- Distorted perception of time
- Intense spiritual experiences
- Spontaneous, primordial movements
What are the therapeutic benefits of Ayahuasca?
Ayahuasca and various other plant medicines are used to treat a variety of spiritual, emotional, psychological, and physical dis-ease. It is often used as a tool to continue on a conscious path of growth, reveal spiritual illnesses, and expand one’s perception beyond it’s previous limits.
Spiritual Healing – Ayahuasca is a medicine of deep reflection. This life-altering hallucinogenic spirit can reveal your individual authentic truth and purpose in life, while lighting a path to inner peace that invites a deeper understanding of the universe. Ayahuasca invites you into introspective states of consciousness, and a greater connection with mother nature.
Emotional Healing – Ayahuasca can reveal to an individual the emotional healing that needs to take place specific to where a person is on their healing journey. A ceremony often begins the process of unraveling any stress and dissonance in participants’ lives, creating a shift towards living a life true to their heart. After a ceremony, participants have shared that their emotional blockages and symptoms have diminished or completely ceased.
Psychological Healing – Ayahuasca has been used as a healing tool to treat conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), addictions, depression, anxiety, guilt from sexual abuse and various other mental or physical ailments.
Physical Healing – Ayahuasca has been used to treat physical disorders such as fevers, addictions, alcoholism, diabetes, high blood pressure, hepatitis, and issues with joints and other health-threatening conditions.
History Of Ayahuasca
For the Shipibo tribes of Peru, Ayahuasca is revered and respected as “the Mother of all Medicines.” In other indigenous traditions, she is regarded as the Grandmother and also known as “the Vine of the Souls.”
Ayahuasca, or Yage, are traditional native names from the Amazon for a particular vine found in the Amazon jungle, otherwise known by its botanical name, Banisteriopsis Caapi. Ayahuasca is used throughout the Amazon by Ayahuasqueros and Curanderos (shaman), in order to access the visionary, mythological or spiritual realms, and for physical, mental and spiritual healing.
The Shipibo tradition uses Ayahuasca ceremonies as a holistic approach to achieve balance, harmony, and happiness in the body, mind, and spirit. We utilize these healing methods that are rooted in their ancestral traditions, respect for nature, and plant spirit wisdom.