What is Ayahuasca?
Ayahuasca is a powerful medicine from the Amazon and is not addictive. It is not a drug and should be treated with great respect. The indigenous people around the Amazon often give this powerful medicine to their children from a very young age.
Ayahuasca is one of the greatest teachers in the world and has huge potential for healing the psychological levels as well as the physical.
A master plant, she is also refrred to as Mother Ayahuasca because of her teaching and healing effects.
Since Ayahuasca has been used for healing purposes, one does not know exactly but there is some evidence that the knowledge has existed for millennia and handed down by master shamans to their students.
Ayahuasca is a vine (Banisteriopsis Caapi) which grows in the Amazon Rainforest and has mainly no psychotropic effect. To produce the powerful medicine and to achieve a hallucinogenic effect, the vine has to be boiled together with leaves of the Chacruna shrub (Psychotria virdis). For this purpose, the vine is pulled apart into thin strips. Then cook these Ayahuasca strips together with the Chacruna leaves in a pot with water for several days and thicken the liquid.
The resulting potion is then the medicine and has a strong, bitter taste. Depending on the tradition of the shaman, other leaves of medicinal plants are also fed to the potion.
The medicine is then taken at night in a ceremony conducted by a shaman. The shaman sings medicine songs, so-called Icaro chants during the ceremony. Thus, a shaman can connect with the Spirit of Ayahuasca, asking them for peace in the world, healing of the sick or healing of the world.
A shaman can also influence the intensity of feeling someone has during contact with the medicine and can intervene if it becomes too much for someone. As a rule, a ceremony takes about 5 hours, with the effect of Ayahuasca occurring after about half an hour and the peak of the effect after 2 to 3 hours is exceeded.
We strongly advise anyone who does not have experience with Ayahuasca not to take this medicine alone. In addition to the effects, such as vomiting and diarrhea, strong visions can also occur, which can lead to anxiety if one does not know how to deal with it. Therefore, it is extremely important that the ceremony be carried out with a skilled shaman, who can intervene and help in such a case.
Whether you vomit, have diarrhea or get visions depends on the individual person and therefore it is impossible to tell someone what will happen to them during a ceremony. In the right setting and under the right guidance, however, the medicine can be taken without hesitation and without any risk.
So that you are properly prepared and have the best benefit for you, you should start a week before your ceremony with the Ayahuasca diet. This means that your food should be prepared and eaten without salt, sugar, pork, red meat, dairy products, spices, citrus fruits, coffee, alcohol and any other drugs, including prescription! For the last 3 days before the ceremony, you should also abstain from sexual intercourse and masturbation.