Ayahuasca is a fascinating concoction made of particular plants. The mixture is psychoactive, meaning that it gives you a “high” of sorts. It heightens your senses and makes your feelings and spirituality more clear to you than ever before.
Besides the emotional and spiritual effects, ayahuasca has several physical effects. Those who drink it go through a cleansing where they purge all the negativity that has been accumulating inside. Many users of ayahuasca have reported incredible results. However, the side effects of ayahuasca have resulted in some countries banning it.
Are you wondering what the big deal is about this controversial brew? Read on to find out!
What does ayahuasca do to your body in the short-term?
The effects of ayahuasca vary from person to person, but there are some short-term effects that most people want to experience. Users of ayahuasca want to feel excited and invigorated. They want to take a deep look at the world in a different way. They want to feel the euphoria of visions, wisdom, and insight. Many people do experience some of these things, but not everyone does.
Health Benefits of Ayahuasca
There is no one standard ayahuasca recipe. The ingredients, quality, additives, and many other things may vary depending on who is making the tea. This means that you can’t expect one consistent set of side effects or benefits of ayahuasca.
That being said, there are four general benefits that ayahuasca can offer.
1 - It cleans parasites and microbial organisms out of your body
If you know anything about ayahuasca, you know that there is a purging period that most people experience. Although the purge may be unpleasant, it actually helps to clean parasites out of your body. The substance blocks MAO-A in the cut and increases serotonin, which may result in vomiting and diarrhea. This often helps to flush out any worms or parasites lurking inside.
Besides the physical purge, ayahuasca contains harmala alkaloids which chemically kill parasites and microbial organisms such as E. coli and Salmonella.
2 - It helps with depression and anxiety
The frontal and paralimbic regions of your brain are especially affected by ayahuasca. These regions are associated with emotion processing and motivation, which is why ayahuasca has been reported to help people recover from depression and anxiety. Although there were side effects of purging and there was a possibility of patients growing tolerant, research indicates that ayahuasca has had great effects on people with recurrent bouts of depression.
Experts believe that the substance has an effect on depression and anxiety because ayahuasca causes more blood to flow to specific parts of the brain. It is also believed that certain chemicals found in the brew help to activate serotonin receptors.
3 - It aids those recovering from substance abuse
If you are in the process of recovering from substance abuse, ayahuasca may be beneficial for you. The substances found in the tea are psychoactive and hallucinogenic, meaning that there may be alterations in personality or behavior. There are also anti-addictive effects. Experts believe that the effects of ayahuasca contribute to patients not wanting their substance of choice as much.
4 - It (may) be a supplementary cancer treatment
Although legal restrictions have proved to be an obstacle for scientific evidence, people believe that ayahuasca can be used to treat cancer. Anecdotally, ayahuasca is able to promote the production of white blood cells, slow the growth of cancer cells, keep them from feeding on glucose, and even kill them. More research still has to be done before ayahuasca is considered as a legitimate cancer treatment.
If you would like to experience the healing offered by ayahuasca and are looking for a retreat to participate in, contact us today! We would love to have you along with us and play a part in your healing.