Ayahuasca (Banisteriopsis caapi) is the master plant par excellence in the Amazon and perhaps the most powerful. Its use by the native peoples of the Amazon is lost in the mist of the origin of time.
Each tribe has a story about how mother nature gave them the gifts of Ayahuasca, as a sacred plant, to heal and expand their knowledge.
Ayahuasca in Quechua means as “liana of the soul”, “liana of the dead”, or “spirit liana”, and performing the ceremony is one of the most enriching experiences in a person’s life. It is broadening horizons and seeing your life from other perspectives.
The preparation with ayahuasca contains vines of the homonymous plant, mixed with other master plants of the Amazon such as the chacruna (Psychotria viridis) and others.
Scientifically, Ayahuasca contains harmine and tetrahydroharmine, and chacruna contains DMT, which act together to achieve entheogenic effects.
For the use of this master plant it is necessary to go with the body and mind as clean as possible. Prior to the ceremony, it is necessary to follow a diet indicated by the Maestro shaman, but in general you should stop eating pork, fatty foods, fried foods, sugar, dairy products and sugary sodas, as well as avoid the use of drugs and alcohol, among others, preferably a week before. to start the ceremony and after it.
A Maestro shaman have been initiated at an early age, usually by an older Maestro who is often a close relative. Each plant has its own gifts, with which the Maestro has connected during years of preparation and diet, in order to heal and also protect the space of the ceremony.
As these are powerful plants, it is important that the participants listen to the Maestro’s instructions on diet and other advice in order to get the most out of the teachings that the plant can provide.