Ayahuasca (yage) is a psychoactive substance and a traditional, spiritual medicine with centuries old origin that is widely used among tribes of Amazon basin during their healing ceremonies. This entheogenic brew is derived from the Banisteriopsis caapi vine, in combination with at least one other plant such as the Psychotria viridis leaf.
In Peru, the other plant is usually chacruna. Although it had been in usage for centuries by the native tribes but recently, it has become excessively popular among tourists. Today, Peruvian Amazon holds particular attraction for tourists because of the ‘Ayahuasca Sessions’ held in its deep jungles where the plant is natively grown.
Usage and Purpose
The deep healing effects this vine is believed to invoke inner wisdom and deepen your inner connection with self and the Universe. You will find its users reporting powerful effects ranging from spiritual discernments and revelations to life-altering experiences at large.
Strong hallucinations and altered perceptions characterize the experience you will have with the usage of this mystical medicine.
Although mostly the usage has been reported to produce positive experience overall, yet you may experience some kind of toll on your body.
This usually comes in the form of vomiting, nausea, diarrhea and heart palpitations. Especially when used with other drugs, you may experience strongly negative reactions and syndromes.
Ayahuasca Ceremony in Peru
Ritually performed in group settings, these ceremonies usually take place in jungles where the plant grows natively; the participants gather in a circle and initiate with a protection prayer. Ayahuasca tea is then distributed among the participants while the shaman performs some chants to summon the healing spirits, tobacco smoke and instrumental drums are also considered an integral part of the entire ritual.
Vomiting is believed to be a source of cleansing for mind, body and spirit and is thus, deemed to be a norm in these ceremonies. Duration of the experience varies from person to person leading to the ‘re-birth’, as is believed.
Some Important Tips:
- Overall, you might infer that taking Peruvian Ayahuasca for a specific need and purpose is unique in itself and varies its nature and expression for person to person. The experience can be totally life-changing for one and entirely risky for another. Hence, you need to be quite aware of the purpose why you are choosing to take the drug and especially when you intend to combine it with some other drug/s.
- It is highly important to well plan where you are intending to take the ceremony. On the internet many websites provide sources of information about these hubs and jungles in Peru but you need to carefully and wisely base your decision on reviews from other tourists before indulging yourself in this altered experience.