Medical Guidelines

Working with Ayahuasca is not a substitute for medical, psychiatric, or psychotherapeutic treatment. If you are currently receiving treatment of any kind or taking any medication or recreational substances, you must provide the full details of your situation prior to booking a workshop.

Prior to booking a retreat with Allinkana, it is indispensable that you have agreed in full confidentiality to honestly disclose any known medical conditions and/or if you are using any medication or drug. We strongly urge our guests and can not stress enough, the importance of seeking professional medical advice on preparations, prior to your journey.

Ayahuasca (Banisteriopsis caapi) contains monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) in the form of harmine and harmaline and may be incompatible or even cause dangerous or fatal side effects when taken with specific drugs.

We offer this advice and insist on these conditions in order to assure your personal safety and ensure the overall welfare of our guests. It is important you consider the following safety measures in order to work safely with Ayahuasca:

A) Consult your healthcare provider about your intention on taking Ayahuasca. This strictly applies if you are being medicated with drugs that contain Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) which directly or indirectly affect and alter serotonin levels. SSRIs are widely used in antidepressants such as Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Effexor, Prozac, etc. which combined with Ayahuasca, can induce serotonin syndrome which in turn can boost serotonin levels in the body to the point of severe toxicity and potential fatal outcomes.

B) If you are undergoing medication, do not stop abruptly without first consulting your doctor/s. Some medication may cause withdrawal syndromes and other potential side effects. If this is the case, you should allow your body to process, with enough time to adjust until the syndromes subside. It usually takes 4 to 5 weeks for SSRIs to completely clear from your system, so we advise you to reduce gradually in time to come clean.

C) Other medications you should discontinue 2 to 3 weeks prior to retreats are: decongestants, cold medications, allergy medications, antihistamines, sedatives, tranquilisers, amphetamines (including Adderall), some hypertensive medications, sympathomimetic amines including pseudoephedrine and ephedrine, carbamazepine, methylphenidate (Ritalin), macromerine, phenylalanine, tyrosine, tryptophan, asarone/calamus and asthma inhalers. This also includes any sort of recreational drug, whether chemical or natural, diet aids, all opioids, stimulants including energy drinks high in Taurine or Caffeine and even herbal antidepressant remedies like St. John’s Wort (Hypericum Perforatum). If you are taking herbal remedies, please consult your homeopath about side effects when combining with Ayahuasca. Cigarettes are allowed but we strongly recommend you use mapacho (chemical free jungle tobacco - Nicotiana rustica).

D) Make sure you give your body enough time to detox a few weeks before undertaking your travels by hydrating well, eating right and following the dietary guidelines listed in our menu topic “The Dieta”.

E) There are known mental health conditions that may compromise not only yours but everyone else's experience in a group setting. As in itself, Ayahuasca has not been associated with causing or inducing psychosis or any other mental conditions in people where these aren’t already present or in some form, inherent to their condition. In case you have a history with one or more psychiatric condition/s, drinking Ayahuasca can clearly have hazardous outcomes. If you choose to make a reservation with Allinkana, we ask you to be honest in your declarations regarding this particular issue. This will help us assess a proper evaluation.

F) It is unsafe for diabetics to drink Ayahuasca. If you are a diabetic, please contact us to specify what form of diabetes you have in order to evaluate your condition. It is also unsafe to drink Ayahuasca during pregnancy. If you suffer from chronic high blood pressure or have a heart condition, unfortunately we can not have you on-board.