The purpose of the workshops is not to encourage the consumption of Ayahuasca which is traditionally used only by the healer. The healing practice of the amazonian shamans involves extensive use of other non-hallucinogenic plants and other techniques (see shamanic seminars), which are intended for healing or spiritual deepening.
Taking Ayahuasca is permitted in some countries but banned in others. The purpose of this website is not to recommend to take it or not.
No medicine or plant treatment claims to be neutral. It is possible to be allergic to a plant, the use is therefore not without risks.
Although they are extremely rare, there have already been cases of death in Peru during ceremonies. It is necessary to know nevertheless, that some participants are in a rather precarious state of health, in deciding to rely on the shamanism practice.
These unfortunate examples lead to a general discrimination of shamanic healing, despite thousands of successful cases, whereupon lasting benefits have been observed.
You will therefore decide by yourself to take Ayahuasca or not, it is not obligatory for the process of wellbeing. Research healing or spiritual development can be sought. Know that few people decide to not take the plant.
Regardless of the above recommendations, prior to your participation in a shamanic workshop, you must consult your doctor or therapist with regard to the compatibility of any treatment given, as in regard to your health, with the participation in the shamanic workshop.
In the Amazonian tradition, the patient is responsible for his/her process. The main responsibility is being committed to the discipline of the diet and respecting its rules.
A website well-documented detailing the rules of the diet, gives tips and also talks about possible drug interactions that are a danger to people taking certain medications: http://www.ayahuasca.com/science
Because of this, the shamans do not give the plant when they know that the persons take chemical substances (narcotics and medicaments) as well as in the case of certain diseases or states of health considered incompatible.
If you suffer from a illness and are under medical treatment or take any chemical susbtances (drugs, etc) you must inform the shamans about it, as well as if you are pregnant.
-SHAMAN'S MEDICAL GUIDELINES-
The Ayahuasca medical guidelines of the shamans are set in order to ensure you start your retreat in the best conditions. When you register a booking you will be asked to provide the list of medication you are taking and your health condition.
If you have any high blood pressure or cardiovascular heart conditions, you can in ceremonies but not drink ayahuasca. Ayahuasca can elevate the blood pressure and increase heart attack risks. People with such conditions should not attend Ayahuasca ceremonies but take other natural medicines to help with their conditions.
People with diabetes have more risk involved with the absorption of Ayahuasca. The use of the MAOIs present in Ayahuasca can alter blood sugar levels via hypoglycemic effects. MAOIs may change the amount of insulin or oral antidiabetic medication that is needed by your body. People with severe unstable diabetes should not take Ayahuasca because of this risk. People with less severe diabetes should contact us prior to booking a retreat to discuss the particulars of the case including the possibility of a modified dieta.
Medication that is unsafe with Ayahuasca:
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs): 4 – 6 weeks prior
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs): 6 or 8 weeks prior, 4 weeks after
Other Anti-Depressants: 6 weeks prior, 4 weeks after
Central Nervous System (CNS) Depressants (and sleeping pills): 3 to 4 weeks prior
Anti-hypertensives (blood pressure medications): 2 to 6 weeks prior, depending on medication
Antibiotics: 48 hours prior
According to tradition, it is not suitable for women to come in ceremony during their menstruations. To ensure you get the full benefit of your retirement and be able to complete your ceremonies without interruption, we recommend that you take this into consideration when choosing your retirement dates.
Recreational drugs should not in any case be combined with Ayahuasca.