I found this forum regarding, “Ayahuasca, a medicinal tea prepared from Banisteriopsis Caapi (a jungle vine found in the tropical regions of South America) often combined with other plants, commonly Chacruna / Rainha (Queen); Psychotria Viridis.”
During my time in the Amazon I have witnessed countless people transform their lives in just one week through this powerful medicine.
People who have had a lifetime of depression and have tried every sort of therapy going have come to ayahuasca and been taken into traumatic situations from their past. They are then able to purge the dark spirits associated with this time through the help and guidance of the shamans and the medicine spirits in the ayahuasca brew. The moment these energies are released they are instantly transformed and the next day are visibly shining and radiant. They report feeling happier than they have for years and this feeling stays with them over the following weeks, months and indeed years.
This sort of transformation is only possible through the participation in ceremonies held by master shamans who have undergone years of intensive training in order to be able to manage and dominate these energies.
When drunk alone or with somebody without the necessary training ayahuasca IS simply a drug. And it can be VERY VERY damaging.
When drunk in a ceremonial setting with master shamans I believe that it is the most powerful agent for positive transformation that exists on the planet.
Please have a read of this article from National Geographic magazine if you’re interested in an account of the medicine curing depression:
Dr Charles Grob M.D., Director of Child and Adolescent Psychology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and professor of psychiatry at UCLA’s School of Medicine, was one of the first in the West to study the scientific effects of ayahuasca.
He concluded that unlike most common anti-depressants, which can create such high levels of serotonin that cells may actually compensate by losing many of their serotonin receptors, and hence cause long term users to need higher and higher doses and those that stop their use to suffer even greater depression, ayahuasca strongly enhances the body’s ability to absorb the serotonin that’s naturally there. “Ayahuasca is perhaps a far more sophisticated and effective way to treat depression than SSRIs [antidepressant drugs],” Grob concludes, adding that the use of SSRIs is “a rather crude way” of doing it.
National Geographic article author Kira Salak writes on her website, http://www.kirasalak.com:
“It’s been over four years since I had that ceremony in Peru, and the depression has never returned. It actually takes an effort now for me to remember what that dark, depressive state felt like. It’s as if it all happened to someone else. The slate was “wiped clean,” and life has been unbelievably wonderful since that old cloud was taken away. Miraculous? As someone who suffered from severe depression her whole life, I would say, yes. Absolutely miraculous.”
This potion’s chemical makeup roots from N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a naturally occurring psychedelic compound of the tryptamine family.
Quoted from Source: Spirits or Hallucinations? by Mark in Peru