Ayahuasca

Ayahuasca is cultural heritage of the nation of Peru. (Ley General del Patrimonio Cultural de la Nación N° 28296).

This intangible cultural heritage, which is transmitted from generation to generation, is constantly recreated by communities and groups based on their environment, their interaction with nature and their history.


In the Amazonian indigenous world, Ayahuasca is known as a wise master plant that teaches the initiates the very foundations of the universe and its components. The effects of its consumption constitute the entrance into the spirit world and the gradual disclosure of its secrets.


Ayahuasca is a powerful purgative traditionally used in the Amazon for shamanic or spiritual purposes in the process of diagnosing and curing diseases or performing other shamanic tasks such as communicating with the spirits of plants, the spirits of animals and spirit teachers at large. It is also often used to supplement practices geared towards achieving transcendence, including divination, meditation, prayer, ecstatic trance, ritual chanting and whistling. Ayahuasca will induce alterations in perception, mood, consciousness, cognition and behavior in the process of engendering spiritual awakening in a sacred context.


Depending on where you are in South America, Ayahuasca is also known under other denominations such as yagé, natem, shori, caapi or cipó. Typically here in Perú it is commonly known as Ayahuasca, from the native Quechua language, Aya meaning "spirit, soul", or "corpse", and Waska meaning "rope" or "woody vine", "vine". The word Ayahuasca has been often translated to "vine of the soul" and "spirit vine", it is also referred to as La purga "The purge" or La medicina "The medicine".


The earliest archaeological evidence of Ayahuasca use among the indigenous people of the Amazon suggests it dates back 1000 years. There are mythological tales and stories, even theories that argue Ayahuasca has been in use for several thousand years. Evidently from all the stories and myths among the different ethnic groups in the Amazon, its origins as a sacred plant medicine, often differ from culture to culture.


Our medicine is composed of Ayahuasca vine (Banisteriopsis caapi), Chacruna (Psychotria viridis, Rubiaceae) and/or Huambisa (Diplopterys cabrerana, Malpighiaceae) and no other unsafe additives. Here we offer quality Ayahuasca, picked, cooked and refined exclusively with the traditional base ingredients. The vine is a source of harmine, harmaline and tetrahydro-harmine, these are harmala alkaloids which act as MAOIs (monoamine oxidase inhibitors). These alkaloids inhibit the breakdown in the digestive system of DMT (dimethyltryptamine) which is present in the chacruna leaves.


There are different ways of working with ayahuasca but typically the brew is made by cooking the previously crushed and shredded Ayahuasca vines, with Chacruna leaves. Both ingredients are neatly stashed in a cauldron, later filled with water and taken to boil for many hours, even a full day until it is finally refined into a dark yellow or a dark red brown viscous concentrate. The color usually depends on the type and quantity of Ayahuasca used in the process.


After drinking Ayahuasca in a western setting, some guests have shared that it does not compare with experiencing it in its original amazonian context. This may be because it is not just about a chemical interaction in the body but because it is intimately and inherently connected with the vital energetic archetypes and the lively surroundings of the Amazon rain-forest.


Ayahuasca, like other sacred visionary plants, is considered to be more than just an ordinary psychedelic and/or hallucinogen. Ayahuasca, like Wachuma (San Pedro); Peyote; mushrooms, among others, falls under the category of an entheogen. The term derives from the Ancient Greek éntheos and genésthai. The adjective entheos translates to English as "full of God or inspired" and is also the root of the English word "enthusiasm". This term was often used to praise poets, musicians and other artists. Genesthai means "to come into being". Thus, an entheogen is a substance that causes one to become inspired or to experience feelings of inspiration, often in a religious or "spiritual" context.


THE EFFECTS


Usually the effects of Ayahuasca start 20 to 30 minutes into the ceremony and may last up to 4 or 5 hours. In retrospect it is also common for some people to experience the effects strait away or gradually and very subtly even up to an hour into the ceremony and sometimes even right toward the end. These patterns tend to level up and synchronize as anxiety and expectations fall away. The dynamic action of Ayahuasca in the system will causes the user to experience healing purges and diverse states of consciousness. At first one may encounter different forms of physical discomfort, this may even bring up a series of emotions and mental contents. It is very common to plunge into deep introspective and insightful journeys that take us to examine emotions, bodily sensations, thought patterns and processes, past memories and beyond. Other common experiences are ego dissolution, OBE, navigating interdimensional spaces, finding lost items, channeling information and also communicating with past relatives; spirit teachers, animals, plants and otherworldly entities.


THE BENEFITS


Many participants have experienced awareness, insight, Inner peace and comfort, acceptance, reconciliation, universal love, sense of belonging and connection to the world and the universe. This inner discovery process has a long term effect and often even continue and unfolds months following the actual experience. The overall Process may have a profound impact on a participant’s mind and body, hence the importance of working with experienced shamans and a support team to help guide this event toward a profitable outcome.


"After conducting a study researchers found that the change in neuroticism following 4 Ayahuasca ceremonies in a period of 8 days at an Ayahuasca retreat center could be associated with a similar outcome to the average effect of multiple weeks of therapy. Compared to other therapies aimed to help people with neuroticism/negative emotionality, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, the study shows that the Ayahuasca ceremony may be more effective"


Source: Forbes Jan 10, 2022 - A New Study Attempts To Quantify The Healing Powers Of Ayahuasca by Mark Travers, Ph.D. American psychologist with degrees from Cornell University and the University of Colorado Boulder.
Note: In a recent interview -
Is Ayahuasca The Future Of Psychoactive Medication? , Mark Travers sheds more light on the latest studies conducted by Dr. Brandon Weiss, a psychologist at Imperial College London and lead author of this research.