Ayahuasca doesn’t need a voice. Many books are written on the subject, and it is easy to research. It is rather unlikely that you have never heard of it or have not looked into it. Most likely, you have watched some of the countless documentaries, read books and listened to many podcasts and talks. You know why you feel drawn to this work. Instead, we will explain the reason why working with both medicines is beneficial.
Ayahuasca is a gateway to other plant spirits. It cleans you up and makes you more receptive. In fact, only after the Ayahuasca experience can you truly appreciate Huachuma in its full potential. Ayahuasca is the washing machine for your body and spirit. It takes you apart and puts you back together, like tuning up an engine. There are many ways to face your fears but not all of them result in healing. Ayahuasca is perhaps the best way to do it in a healing context. It helps you find the courage to face your fears and move past them, which is valuable training for life. This difficult but rewarding process can result in deep physical, emotional and spiritual healing. She can open you up to an undeniable spiritual world, which can help you to unplug from the technological and digital reality that is claiming your time more and more. If your time is the one thing you truly own, then protecting and using it wisely becomes a priority. Ayahuasca is like the German Autobahn where people drive well above the normal speed limit. And, as in Germany, “accidents’’ do happen, so it is in your best interests to get on the Ayahuasca “superhighway” with the best “driver” you can find. Our driver is a local curandero (healer) and a carrier of an ancient shamanic tradition, one we fully trust to work with Ayahuasca.
We highly recommend that you end your medicinal journey in Peru with Huachuma. This, among other things, will help you to get grounded and ensure a smoother return to your daily life. Ayahuasca and Huachuma are the Yin and Yang of South America. It’s an alchemical and divine union that has persisted throughout millennia. Grandparents don’t compete with one another, they simply live, love and share their wisdom with their children and grandchildren. This is how it has been done since ancient times, and this cycle is still alive.
A native of Cusco and a sincere, respected, dedicated carrier of the ancient shamanic tradition of Peru, Don Juan serves as the guide for all Ayahuasca retreats at Huachuma Wasi. His serious training in Ayahuasca curandismo (healing) combined with a playful spirit will make you feel at home and comfortable to explore the medicine and realize the benefits which you seek.
Drug Interactions and Medication Warning
Working with Ayahuasca CAN carry health risks. It is crucial for your safety to disclose any known medical condition and currently used medications. You are required to inform us fully of all your mental health problems, past and present. Your disclosure MUST be absolutely honest and complete.
Ayahuasca is known to be an effective reversible monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI), which allows for the DMT to be orally active, and can be extremely dangerous if taken in conjunction with antidepressants.
Considering the vast varieties of medications available today, the list below compiled is incomplete. You are required to inform us of every kind of medication you are currently taking or have been taken in the past.
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) used to treat depression, such as, but not limited to:
Fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem, Selfemra, Prozac Weekly)
Paroxetine (Paxil, Paxil CR, Pexeva)
Vortioxetine (Trintellix, formerly known as Brintellix)
Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) such as, but not limited to:
Amitriptyline (Elavil and Endep are discontinued brands in the US)
Doxepin (Sinequan and Adapin are discontinued brands in the US)
Nortriptyline (Pamelor; Aventyl is a discontinued brand in the US)
Anti-psychotics such as, but not limited to:
Aripiprazole lauroxil (Aristada)
Paliperidone (Invega Sustenna)
Paliperidone palmitate (Invega Trinza)
These types of medications must be discontinued eight weeks before your Ayahuasca retreat starts to allow sufficient time for your body to clear it out of the system.
You can learn more about the MOIs here.
Any type of sedative hypnotics, tranquilizers, opioids, diet pills, appetite suppressants, anticonvulsants, anxiolytics, muscle relaxants, anti-seizure medications, stimulants (uppers) such as, but not limited to: Ritalin, Adderall, Dexedrine, Concerta (typically prescribed for disorders such as ADHD and narcolepsy), cocaine, crack cocaine, MDMA (Ecstasy), amphetamines, inhalants, anabolic steroids, must be discontinued four weeks prior to your Ayahuasca retreat.
We advise you to consult your physician before making any changes to your medical schedule, suspending or discontinuing the use of your medications.
Herbal Medicines, Supplements, Vitamins
We recommend to suspend your intake of all herbal medicines, supplements and vitamins for at least two weeks prior to your Ayahuasca retreat to avoid any adverse reactions.
Tyramine and Hypertensive Crises
People taking Ayahuasca must change their diets to avoid fermented foods and beverages containing tyramine. A concentration of tyramine in the blood can lead to a hypertensive crisis, which can be fatal.
All foods and substances containing tyramine must be avoided at least 24 hours prior to the Ayahuasca ceremony. Some examples of foods containing tyramine can be read here.
You are also advised to avoid eating salt, sugar, spices, chili, eggs, milk, yogurt, butter, chocolate, coffee, yerba mate, eggs and fish oils.
For your safety you are required to follow the recommended diet you will be served during your retreat.
Ayahuasca and Psychiatric, Medical Conditions
Due to great safety concerns, people who are diagnosed with psychiatric conditions such as, but not limited to, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, psychosis, schizophrenia, those who are prone to suicidal tendencies, those who suffer from high blood pressure or chronic heart conditions, and those who underwent heart or brain surgeries, will not be allowed to take Ayahuasca.
Sexual abstinence is required at least three days prior to and after your Ayahuasca retreat.