Ayahuasca: A Natural Treatment and Medication, Explained

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The question on whether Ayahuasca is indeed a natural remedy or just a medical fad remains to linger, even with the numerous Ayahuasca retreat centers and ceremonies available in the Amazonian. The authenticity of this ritual and medicinal drink remains to fascinate and intrigue ordinary people as well as scientists. Is Ayahuasca a fad or a true healing remedy from nature?

Mental and emotional traumas brought by stress and post traumatic stress disorder are just some of the illnesses that the Ayahuasca drink and ceremonies promise to address. The plant also claims to alleviate suicidal thoughts and paralyzing anxiety. The Ayahuasca experience promises to bring the best in you, helping you discover life and the mysteries that will lead you in discovering the real you.

There is a wide array of illnesses attached to the mystical Ayahuasca. Here are some of the medicinal attributes and circumstances attributed to the Ayahuasca experience.

Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome Relief

Multiple combat deployments, repetitive and stressful activities that involve the possibility of dying and losing people in the process, often lead to PTSD. Ayahuasca is being considered as one of the possible treatment for this emotional and mental disease.

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“Ayahuasca is a way to give relief to those who are suffering,” says former Marine Lance Cpl. Ryan LeCompte, who now organizes trips to Peru for war veterans like himself, seeking for a possible cure for PTSD.

Anti-depressant drugs, unexplainably, can bring suicidal tendencies, offering an edge favoring Ayahuasca that doesn’t. Being able to seek spiritual healing and peace also claims to have helped in many ways in curing and addressing mental and traumatic diseases like PTSD.

Ayahuasca does not offer a cure

The notion that Ayahuasca is an instant solution to one’s illness is wrong. Taking in the Ayahuasca drink has its benefits, but the healing comes combined together with therapy. Ayahuasca can help “dislodge that negative energy” inside you, and show you how it feels like living without that negativity in your life.

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The Ayahuasca is said to be taken only by Shamans

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This has already changed since Western tourists began seeking its benefits. However, the preparation and the ceremonies that are required before taking in the Ayahuasca should be under a Shaman’s supervision. Even though Ayahuasca powders and extracts are already available online for purchase, one will never know that it is really in it. Thus, it all boils down to seeking a reliable Shaman and Ayahuasca retreat house that will guide you correctly through the healing experience.

There is a movement created for safe Ayahuasca

The Ayahuasca experience is not 100% perfect. There are also controversies and other issues that overshadow the benefits and medicinal features of the Amazonian drink. This is why a movement to create a health guide for Ayahuasca centers in the Amazon, most especially for tourists, is being raised. Tourists and locals who would want to experience the healing and medicinal promise of the Ayahuasca will therefore be protected. Local communities in the Amazonian regions patronizing the Ayahuasca will also be given the benefit of the doubt as soon as standards and safe practices are implemented and practiced in every Shamanic retreat center in the area.

As Ayahuasca continues to become a more favored option in resolving emotional and mental illnesses, awareness and general knowledge on what this experience really is are continuously being explored. Believers embrace the health benefits of the “experience” while those seeking for refuge continue to hope for a brighter path with the help of Ayahuasca.