In this video, I will be discussing about an ancient practice of healing that is still being carried on in many parts of Peru and throughout South America. Studies are currently in progress to scientifically prove the long term benefits of this plant-based medication which have been widely used to treat many different illnesses such as PTSD, depression and drug addictions. The medication is unique as it has the ability to heal many different diseases and illnesses if taken properly following strict diets.
Some questions I will be answering in part 2:
- What is ayahuasca?
- How do you feel when you take it?
- What are some of the things that I’ve learnt during the journey inside the depth of my mind?
- What was my favourite place in Peru?
The most exotic thing I ate?
What is Ayahuasca and how does it work?
Ayahuasca is an entheogenic brew made from the banisteriopsis caapi vine and the psychotria viridis leaf. It is used in traditional healing ceremonies among the indigenous tribes of Amazonia. The leaf component contains DMT, a powerful hallucinogen, and the vine contains monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). DMT is naturally produced in our body however it is not orally active because it is metabolised by the enzyme monoamine oxidase (MAO) in the stomach. The caapi vine also known as “the vine of the soul” opens the floodgate allowing the brain to receive the DMT and as a result, the combination of these two plants enable us to access our hidden, inner subconscious landscapes.
Authentic shamans and ayahuasqueros have long used ayahuasca as a diagnosis tool for members of their families, communities and clients. The visions and direct communication with the plant during ayahuasca ceremonies allows the shamans to determine what plants or medication to use to cure the ailment. Treatment can be a mixture of plants and sometimes pharmaceuticals remedies are necessary.
Somewhere down the path, if you do consider to experience this amazing journey for any particular reason/s – please be careful and do your own research. As the ayahuasca market became a prominent tourist activity in Peru, there are many risks and dangers associated with unauthentic treatment centres and inexperienced self-proclaimed shamans. There has been several deaths over the years in mainstream media condemning the use of ayahuasca, however all of the deaths have been caused due to other external influences and not the medicine itself. Feel free to ask me any questions relating to this topic.
A separate article will be published shortly where I will post an interview video with a well-known Ayahuasquero that I had the honour to assist during my time in Peru. Stay tuned :)
Part #3 coming soon…
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