Ayahuasca: A Sacred Healing Tradition from the Amazon

We live in the peak of human existence. There are more opportunities presented today, then there have ever been in the history of humankind. So why are depression, anxiety, and fear at an all-time high? Why do people feel so uncertain, lost, confused, and stuck? Millions of people are turning to dangerous opioids to help manage their pain leading to an out of control epidemic that in 2017 saw over 47,000 deaths due to opioid use.

With all the knowledge and information we have available to us, surely there is a better and safer way to purge ourselves of our pain?

The answer lies deep within the Amazon rainforest.

Natures gift. Deep within the jungle

The Amazon rainforest represents over half of the planet’s remaining rainforests and is home to an estimated 390 billion individual trees divided into 16,000 species.  As one of the most biodiverse areas of the world, the Amazon rainforest is an excellent source for medicinal plants, but when it comes to westernized medicine, only a small percentage of those plants have even been tested for active compounds that could be used medicinally in modern medicine.

However,  for centuries medicine men of indigenous tribes have been aware of the healing effects of many of the plants, and one of them gaining traction today in the western world is Ayahuasca.

Hundreds of thousands of people a year are seeking its healing properties, traveling to Ayahuasca retreats around the globe, to take part in first Ayahuasca ceremonies.

What is Ayahuasca?

Ayahuasca is a ceremonial, spiritual medicine, traditional to several indigenous tribes.

It’s all natural and found in plants. Ayahuasca is a combination of Chacruna (Psychotria viridis), a leaf, and Ayahuasca (Banisteriopsis Caapi), a vine.

Psychotria viridis contains  DMT (N,N-Dimethyltryptamine) which is a psychedelic substance that occurs naturally in the plant and creates a powerful hallucinogenic chemical. However, if not combined with Banisteriopsis Caapi, the effects are negated as it’s broken down quickly by the liver and gastrointestinal tract.  Banisteriopsis Caapi stops the body from neutralizing its effects.

These two are combined and boiled over a period of 8-10 days with firm intention and prayer and served in a brew; consumed during an  Ayahuasca ceremony, as the spiritual affair that must be approached with respect, open-mindedness and cultural sensitivity even if you do not believe in the Shamanic traditions.  An Ayahuasca ceremony can last from a few hours or the whole night.

During an Ayahuasca ceremony the Ayahuasca plant helps place the brain in an expanded state of vibration, working optimally so the person reaches higher states of consciousness, gives people enlightening experiences and cleanses the human body on four levels:

  • Mental: helps to identify unhealthy patterns of thinking, repressed memories, and hidden issues that reveal themselves so that we can face them and let them go.
  • Physical: Ayahuasca, also known as “La Purga” helps detoxify the body by eliminating harmful toxins that have built up over time from the air we breathe, the food we eat, and even the water we consume. It removes blockages through shaking, crying, sweating, and even Diarrhea to put the body in optimal health and vitality.
  • Emotional: helps to deal and come face to face with difficult emotions that are often suppressed or inhibiting our lives such as fear, grief, rage, jealousy, and more. 
  • Vibrational: realigns life energies and vibration bringing us back to harmony with nature and ourselves.

Ayahuasca is one of the oldest known healing methods and has been used for over 5000 years. Unlike dangerous and traditional street drugs, Ayahuasca is not considered a psychedelic in the way of more conventional, classic psychedelics, but  is referred to as a “psychointegrators” because of its physiological effects that integrate emotion and conscious, pre-conscious, and unconscious processes.

Ayahuasca, unlike other  drugs, doesn’t cause:

  • Addiction
  • Imbalance states of hallucination
  • Alternatively, loss of consciousness

However, it does allow for greater awareness and body control.

Whereas many “drugs” are sought for recreational use to escape from life, Ayahuasca is sought for healing and enlightenment.

Suya Devi is co-founder and CEO of self development center Modern Ancient – which takes a decidedly holistic approach to shamanism by implementing responsible and integrative use of psychedelics in ceremonial settings and microdosing programs. Suya is an NY attorney and previously spent over a decade in investment banking. Learn about the benefits of Ayahuasca or information on joining a retreat program at>Modern Ancient today.