Xocolatl: Food of the Gods
Cacao is a Super Food
We offer a number of Plant Medicines and Tribal Sacraments for you to work with. Among them are Cacao, Sananga and Rapé. From September we will offer Kambo and, hopefully, we will be offering Iboga/Ibogaine to you from early next year.
If you are interested in having a Private Session (Individual, Couples, Trio) or an even bigger group Circle or Vision Quest please feel free to contact us. We are happy to come to you for birthdays, wedding anniversaries, any special life event, or just to celebrate ”a good to be alive day”, to perform ceremony for you, your family, friends or colleagues. We are also happy to answer your questions about any of the Medicines listed above. If you have queries about Plant Medicines or entheogens not listed here, you can contact us too and we’ll do our best to help you.
Cacao is King of the Medicines
Yes, there’s good reason why many of us love chocolate — it really is the love drug! Although most of us eat ‘junk’ chocolate loaded with added fats, dairy products and sugar, it is the raw Cacao that is truly the miraculous Plant Medicine.
Chocolate in its purest form is bursting with healthy properties. It is the No. 1 dietary source of magnesium and thus the main reason why most women crave it around the time of menstruation. Cacao is also exceptionally high in sulphur, the so-called ‘beauty mineral’. And, this bean is really ‘full of beans’ as it is extremely rich in antioxidants, is a natural anti-depressant and an aphrodisiac! What more could you ask for? 😉
Cacao contains more than 300 identifiable chemical compounds, making it one of the most complex foods known to man. So not only does it taste D-I-V-I-N-E, it makes you feel like a goddess, or god, too!
Cocoa solids are a source of flavonoids and alkaloids, such as theobromine, phenethylamine and caffeine. Chocolate also contains anandamide, a word coming from the Sanskrit word ananda, which means “joy, bliss, delight”. A 1988 study indicated that anandamide inhibits human breast cancer cells.
It is actually theobromine, a bitter alkaloid, and the active ingredient in the Cacao plant, that performs much of the magic. Theobromine, which translates as ‘Food of the Gods,’ has been proved to have various therapeutic uses.
Theobromine is a vasodilator (a blood vessel widener), a diuretic (urination aid), and heart stimulant. Theobromine has been used to treat high blood pressure. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition notes that historic use of theobromine as a treatment for other circulatory problems including arteriosclerosis, certain vascular diseases, angina pectoris, and hypertension should be considered in future studies.
One of the most utilized major minerals in the body is magnesium. Magnesium assists in all metabolic processes. It helps relax all the muscles in the body and is thereby essential for the effectiveness and vigor of the pumping of the heart muscle, the management of stress and exercise recovery, the motility of the bowel, regulating the muscles pre-menstruation among many other functions. Magnesium is also utilized in almost all key functions in the brain, including those involved in memory and concentration. Cacao is the highest natural food source of magnesium.
If used regularly, Cacao appears to prevent blood clots that cause strokes and increase blood flow, helping keep skin smoother in advanced age. Daily consumption of Cacao is reported to normalize blood pressure over time, even ending the need for medication. . Raw Cacao also contains powerful antioxidants along with a significant amount of chromium, which balances blood sugar levels.
Scientific research now confirms that chocolate helps reduce stress. Stress hormones and stress-related biochemical agents were reduced when volunteers, who rated themselves as highly stressed, consumed 1.4 ounces of dark chocolate per day for a period of two weeks.
Cacao increases blood flow to the brain, creating increased mental agility, awareness and focus. Cacao is also reputed to have properties that can delay dementia and Alzheimer’s. Meanwhile, the bean is credited with increasing skin resistance to UV radiation/sunburn, slowing tooth decay and helping to remove heavy metals from the body.
Cacao seems to diminish appetite, probably due to its Monoamine Oxidase enzyme Inhibitors (MAO inhibitors) – these are different from digestive enzyme inhibitors found in most nuts and seeds. These rare MAO inhibitors actually produce favourable results when consumed by allowing more serotonin and other neurotransmitters to circulate in the brain. According to Dr. Gabriel Cousens, MAO inhibitors facilitate youthening and rejuvenation.
Cacao also contains potassium, phosphorus, copper, iron and zinc. Cacao has the ability to trigger the release of dopamine and the endorphin phenylethylamine, both of which soothe the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and depression.
So, health-wise, both mentally and physically, you can’t go wrong by consuming more chocolate of the raw variety. But don’t try giving raw chocolate to your pet. Theobromine is toxic for them. Animals metabolize it much faster than we do, so it can cause diarrhoea and vomiting in smaller amounts — and fatal heart attacks and internal bleeding in larger amounts.
What is Ceremonial Xocolatl?
Our ceremonies hark back to a time when the ancient people of Meso-America sat together to share Cacao as a sacrament.
The Xocolatl is offered as part of a ceremony in which we journey into the deepest depths of ourselves to release negative energies, break through blockages, heal any hangups, and find creative inpiration through our visions.
Our Circles and Private Sessions are held in a safe and beautiful space that supports reflection and connection to the deeper parts of yourself. This creates a rare opportunity to explore the stories of our hearts and to identify where those stories are causing us any limitation and/or pain.
You have the chance to relax deeply and receive insights, inspiration and creative ideas that will offer you clarity on the “next steps” to take in your life and how you can support your overall health.
The Xocolatl Circles or/and Private Sessions start off with introductions, meditation, selecting a Tarot card for your subconscious reading, and a sharing of hopes and intentions. After a short break the ceremonial hot Xocolatl is offered and you may drink quickly or slowly, with or without honey as a sweetener, chilli powder, cayenne pepper or/and cinnamon as an added antioxidant. We use 42.5 grams of the highest ceremonial grade raw chocolate from Guatemala for our ceremonial Xocolatl drinks.
When you consume Cacao prepared for ceremony using high-quality raw Cacao beans, all the mood enhancing neurochemicals in Cacao become particularly active. There is increased blood flow and nutrition to the brain, heart and skin. Your whole body is nourished, your self awareness and focus is heightened and sensations become intensified.
After drinking, we invite you to lie down, relax with eyes closed (or with a Mindfold on) and let the Xocolatl do its work. During the next hour or so you will journey, experiencing visions, teachings and intuitions from the Plant Medicine. We all experience individual journeys and are often surprised at the wisdom and strength of this sacrament and where it can gently take us to help us become our truer selves.
Many of our clients find incredible healing through the guidance of Xocolatl. Some people experience strong visions and powerful teachings; others less so. No two journeys are the same. However, we guarantee that you will feel rejuvenated after a session with this beautiful sacrament, and will more than likely come back for more. 🙂
Please inform us of any challenging mental or physical health issues you have. If you have cancer and are undergoing chemotherapy treatment please discuss this with us. Those on high levels of anti-depressants, with high blood pressure, with low blood pressure or on blood thinners, or on 100% raw food diets must discuss their situation with us prior to committing to a ceremony. Those who are pregnant or have epilepsy cannot participate in our ceremonies.
Preparation required for this event:
Please avoid caffeine, alcohol and all recreational drugs on the day. We also recommend you to follow a fairly simple and alkaline focused diet the day before.
We advise that you arrange a quiet, gentle space for yourself for the evening after the ceremony as some people experience symptoms of physical and emotional detoxification.
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The History of Chocolate
Cacao is the seed of a fruit of an Amazonian tree that was brought to Central America during or before the time of the Olmecs, the first major civilization in Guatemala and Mexico, living there from about 1,500 BCE to 500 BCE.
Chocolate beverages have been made for at least 3,000 years by various cultures of Meso-America. According to ancient Mayan legend, it was the gods of the mountain that discovered the Cacao bean. The god Hunahpú is said to have passed on the bean to man as a divine food after humans were first created from maize by the goddess Ixmucané.
Ancient Mayan chocolate was nothing like the chocolate we generally consume today. It was actually a liquid made from crushed Cocoa beans, chili peppers and water. There was no sugar in Central America so this drink, which was poured from one cup to another until frothy, tasted quite bitter. The word ‘chocolate’ is said to come from the Mayan word ‘xocolatl’ which means ‘bitter water.’
It may have been bitter water, but it was held in such high esteem that Mayans called it the “Food of the Gods.” The Cocao bean was so highly revered that images of Cocoa pods were painted on the walls of stone temples and many Mayan artifacts show kings and Mayan gods drinking xocolatl. Cocoa was often consumed during religious ceremonies and marriage celebrations. And, regardless of their social status, Mayans could enjoy this sacred drink.
By 1400 AD, Mayan power was decreasing. The Aztecs ruled over the highlands of central Mexico, far from the rainforests of the Mayans. Since the Aztecs could not grow their own Cocoa, they had to trade to get the beans. The Aztecs also had their own word for their favourite drink: chocolatl.
Cocoa beans were very valuable. The Aztecs used them as money so were very protective of their beans. The beans were used to pay for food, clothes, taxes, gifts, as well as offerings to the Aztec gods. Having a pocket full of beans was like having a wallet full of dollar bills. As far as the Aztecs were concerned, money really did grow on trees.
According to legend, Quetzacoatl, the Aztec God of Vegetation, came to earth with a Cocoa tree and taught the mortals how to cultivate Cocoa and make a drink out of its beans. This made the other gods furious, and they threw him out of paradise for sharing the sacred drink with humans. When he left, he vowed he would return—a promise that would bring about tremendous consequences for the Aztecs.
King Montezuma, the Aztec king, is reputed to have consumed 50 cups of cocoa a day, and an extra one when he was going to meet a lady friend.
Unlike the Mayans, drinking cocoa was a luxury that few Aztecs could afford. Aztecs believed that wisdom and power came from eating the fruit of the Cocoa tree. The drink was so precious that it was served in golden goblets that were thrown away after just one use.
While the Spanish explorers who conquered Meso-America in the early 1500s were likely the first Europeans to be introduced to xocolatl, it is believed that the first chocolate to reach Europe arrived in 1544. In that year, Dominican friars, who had traveled to the New World to convert the natives to Christianity, purportedly took a delegation of Mayan nobles from Guatemala back home to Spain to meet with Prince Philip II. The delegation brought with them the most valuable items from their culture, including gift jars of beaten Cocoa, mixed and ready to drink.
The Spanish nobility quickly took to this new beverage, as did Catholic priests in Spain, who used the high-energy drink to sustain themselves during religious fasts. But it seems the Spanish wanted to keep the chocolate discovery from the rest of Europe. For close to a century, Spain hid the secret of the Cacao beans, restricting their processing exclusively to monks hidden away in Spanish monasteries.
Indeed, the secret was so well kept that when English pirates boarded what they thought was a Spanish treasure ship in 1579, they mistook its huge cache of Cacao beans for a worthless load of dried sheep’s droppings. In frustration, the pirates torched the whole ship, not realizing that they were destroying a Cacao trove that would eventually be worth a king’s ransom in their homeland.
As the drink became more and more popular among upper-crust Spaniards, it developed into a profitable industry for Spain, which began planting the Cacao trees in its overseas colonies. As a result, Spain also became home to the very first chocolate factories, where the dried, fermented beans shipped from the New World were roasted and ground.
Eventually, with the decline of Spain as a world power, the secret of Cacao leaked out, and the Spanish Crown’s monopoly over the chocolate trade came to an end. By the mid-17th century, the knowledge of cacao had spread like wildfire to Italy, France, Germany and England.
Rapé & Sacred Tobacco
Nicotine may be a widely abused substance in our modern world, but to many indigenous cultures of the Americas, tobacco is a sacred plant known to cleanse both individuals and ceremonial spaces. That’s the case for rapé (pronounced “ha-peh”), a powerful, cleansing snuff used by Amazonian tribal-people as part of important medicinal rituals.
Rapé is gaining more popularity outside of the Amazon for its medicinal benefits. Ayamorphosis offers Private Sessions for individuals, couples, trios and foursomes. You can also book a bigger group ceremony to include friends, colleagues and/or family. Our guides are happy to travel to your home or to a space that you feel comfortable in to experience this sacrament.
What are the Benefits of Using Rapé?
⦁ Helps focus and sharpen the mind.
⦁ Clears a person or space of distracting, bad energies in preparation for intention setting
⦁ Detoxes both body and mind and clears your energetic field. Because of this, rapé is often used in conjunction with Ayahuasca ceremonies.
⦁ Clears sinuses of mucus and bacteria, thereby helping to combat colds and respiratory ailments.
⦁ Provides a calming, grounding effect on the emotions that lasts much longer that the initial sensation.
⦁ Can be used in conjunction with other treatments for addiction and mental illness.
What is Rapé?
While rapé is often made of several Amazonian plants, the core of most rapé snuffs is the tobacco species Nicotiana rustica. This Amazonian tobacco, also known as mapacho, is used extensively in tribal rituals and is much stronger than Nicotiana tabacum, the type of tobacco found in cigarettes.
In addition to the tobacco, rapé usually includes the alkaline ashes of other plants such as cinnamon, tonka bean, clover, banana peel, or mint, but many Amazonian Shaman keep the exact ingredients of their particular rapé a secret.
The Experience of Using Rapé
The tobacco and other ingredients are ground into a fine powder, which is then blown or snorted high into each of the nostril cavities through a Tepi, a ceremonial pipe made of bone or bamboo. We sometimes self-administer the medicine with a Kuripe pipe. Rapé is a cleansing medicine, so after taking it, you may experience side effects such as vomiting, sweating and diarrhoea.
Although this is an admittedly uncomfortable part of the experience, some people say the pain is an integral part of the spiritual and physical cleansing—by purging deep-seated toxins, you come out the other side of the experience feeling calmer, more focused, and more in line with your True Self.
Creating a Healthy Environment for Rapé
Amazonian tribal-people have used rapé for thousands of years. They see the ceremonial use of rapé as a form of prayer that calls upon the forces of Nature, the blessing of the animals of the forest, and power of medicinal plants to heal and give strength.
It is, therefore, important that rapé is used in a respectful environment focused on healing so Ayamorphosis guides always create a safe space when using this sacrament. Rapé can be used alone or in conjunction with Ayahuasca and/or Kambo and, like most Shamanic medicines, the set and setting of using rapé is integral to its benefits. The main ingredient is nicotine, so over-use is not recommended as it is possible to become addicted to it.
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For traditional Amazonian tribespeople, Sananga is a powerful medicine used to sharpen night vision. For modern seekers of spiritual healing, however, Sananga does more than help with hunting. Often used as a precursor to Ayahuasca ceremonies, these powerful eye drops have a healing power that’s more energetic than physical, and that has the capacity to increase spiritual insight in the minds of those who use it.
Ayamorphosis offers Private Sessions for individuals, couples, trios and foursomes. You can also book a bigger group ceremony to include friends, colleagues and/or family. Our guides are happy to travel to your home or to a space that you feel comfortable in to experience this sacrament.
What are the Benefits of Sananga?
Sananga is still used by many Amazonian tribes but its benefits are now spreading around the world. Used either in conjunction with Ayahuasca or as a stand-alone treatment, Sananga has the potential to treat a spectrum of physical and psychospiritual illnesses:
⦁ Treats and prevents ocular diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, farsightedness, nearsightedness, astigmatism and blindness
⦁ Detoxifies the body
⦁ Increases visual perception and enhances colours
⦁ Clears long-standing inner anger
⦁ Used in conjunction with Ayahuasca, it helps heal a variety of mental disorders including alcoholism and drug addiction, depression and anxiety
⦁ Resets energetic field
⦁ Treats what tribal people call spiritual diseases (panema) caused by negative energies in the body. These spiritual diseases can accumulate in a person’s energetic body and make a person depressed and/or anxious.
The human eye is a particularly sensitive organ, which means a Sananga ceremony can be painful. These sacred Shamanic eye drops cause an intense burning that usually lasts a few minutes, but experienced practitioners say this pain is an important part of the healing process.
Shamans advise you breathe deeply into the intensity to gain the most from its benefits. It is by leaning into the pain that you can cleanse not only your eyes but your mind and spirit as well.
Once the pain leaves and the Sananga is no longer in your body, you’re left with a feeling of immense relaxation. Because of its cleansing properties, Sanaga is often used in preparation for an Ayahuasca and/or Kambo ceremony.
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Kambo: the Magic Toad Medicine
Scientific research on the peptides of Kambo is opening up new perspectives on how the human brain works. Research revals that Kambo peptides offer a wide range of potential medical uses: treatment of brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, depression, migraines, blood circulation problems, vascular insufficiency, organ diseases, skin and eyes issues, fertility problems in women and men, AID’s, hepatitis, cancer, etc.
Other interesting medicinal properties of this frog secretion are its anti-inflammatory effects, its capacity to destroy microbes and viruses and heal infections. Due to the presence of nine powerful peptides, Kambo is one of the strongest natural antibiotics and anesthetics found in the world and one of the strongest, natural ways to empower our immune system.
Ayamorphosis will offer Private Sessions for individuals, couples, trios and foursomes with Kambo from September. You can also book a bigger group ceremony to include friends, colleagues and/or family. Our guides are happy to travel to your home or to a space that you feel comfortable in to experience this Amazonian sacrament.
The Kambo frog is known by many names, including the giant monkey frog, giant leaf frog or waxy-monkey tree-frog. It is found in the Amazon basin as well as some surrounding areas. It falls into the “least concern” category on the endangered species database list. The frogs are not hurt when tribal-people collect their secretion – in fact, it is widely believed that the frogs enjoy being ”milked’ for their secretion.
The skin secretion of the frog contains deltorphin, deltorphin I, deltorphin II and dermorphin. According to a scientific research paper on Kambo by Giovanni Lattanzi, Scientific Kambo has nine powerful bio-active peptides.
He says scientific research on the secretion of this frog started in the 1980’s. Nominated for the Nobel prize, Italian scientist Vittorio Erspamer of the University of Rome wrote that Kambo secretion contains a “fantastic chemical cocktail with potential medical applications, unequaled by any other amphibian”.
So far, researchers have found nine bioactive peptides that have a potent effect on the gastrointestinal muscles, gastric and pancreatic secretions, blood circulation, and on the stimulation of the adrenal cortex and pituitary gland.
Certain peptides cause a fall in blood pressure accompanied by increased heart beat. They stimulate the adrenal cortex and the pituitary gland, contributing to heightened sensory perception and increased stamina.
The peptides have a strong analgesic effect, enhance endurance, increase physical strength and in general, enhance the capacity to face pain and stressful situations. They possess medical potential as digestive aids, and have demonstrated analgesic effects for those with renal colic, pain due to peripheral vascularinsufficiency and cancer pain. Dermorphin and deltorphin are potent opioid peptides 4000 times stronger than morphine and 40 times stronger than endogenic b-endorphines.
In the 1990’s, a new peptide, adenoregulin, was discovered by John Daly’s team at the National Institute of Health in the USA. Adenoregulin works in the human body through the adenosine receptors, a fundamental component in all human cell fuel. These receptors can offer a target for treating depression, stroke seizures and cognitive loss ailments such as Alzheimer’s disease.
The Kambo treatments have short and long term effects. Short term, the effects are a state of alertness, good mood, enhanced resistance to tiredness, hunger and thirst, the capacity to easily concentrate and focus, and a still mind which can last for several days or weeks. Long term, Kambo empowers the immune system, overcomes fatigue and improves one’s state of health.
With Kambo, we have the opportunity to wake up the body to its full natural potential. The people who regularly receive this ‘vaccine’ do not get sick and have plenty of energy. Restoring a natural balance, it prevents the onset of complaints induced by viruses. Even cancer does not have a chance to grow, in some cases. For the best results, it is advisable to receive Kambo regularly.
In the case of heavy diseases, addictions or accumulated toxins from pharmaceutical medicines, it may be helpful to double the treatments for awhile. In this way, the cleansing effects of the Kambo treatments will build on one another and will last longer.
During a treatment, Kambo immediately scans a person’s energy field and starts to work exactly where it is needed. The process is different for everyone and the course of treatment should be planned accordingly. Some people getting healed in one treatment, especially those with eye or ear problems.
For people with addictions, results can also happen fast. Complicated cases may take longer. We may call this frog secretion a medicine, but it doesn’t actually work as a typical medicine nor as a drug. It simply wakes up the body’s organs, endocrine system and defense systems to their natural functions.
The secretion is used by the giant leaf frog to produce a “molecular electric shock” in a predator’s mouth so that the frog will be quickly ejected. The poison works by overloading the predator’s internal system with chemicals, prompting regurgitation, muscle spasms, vomiting, and intestinal convulsion—hence the sick buckets at Kambo ceremonies.
Kambo is a medicine that comes from frog venom, and, for many indigenous cultures in the Amazon, this purgative, immunity-boosting medicine is very important. Known in Portuguese as the “vaccine of the forest,” it’s also gained renown outside of the Amazon as a powerful treatment for chronic pain and drug dependence.
What are the Benefits of Kambo?
The properties of Kambo peptides make it a promising treatment for the following conditions:
⦁ Blood circulation problems
⦁ Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease
⦁ Vascular insufficiency
⦁ Organ diseases
⦁ Fertility problems
⦁ Deeply rooted toxins
⦁ Chronic pain
⦁ Addiction to opiate or prescription painkillers (Kambo reduces physical pain, thus helping people kick their addictions to other painkillers)
⦁ Fever and infections
⦁ Negative energies (traditionally known as panema)
How Kambo is Administered
In the Amazon, Kambo is traditionally collected early in the morning, when the Phyllomedusa bicolour—the giant monkey frog from which the venom is derived—are singing and can easily be found.
Without harming them, a Shaman scrapes venom from the frog’s skin with a stick. The venom is then administered to a person via small holes that are burned into the top few layers of their skin so as to allow the medicine to enter the lymphatic system.
Usually these dots are initially made on the upper left arm for a man and the inside of the right lower leg for a woman. Because of its purging and cleansing properties, Kambo is often used as a precursor to an Ayahuasca ceremony, which is also used by many of the same tribes.
Undertaking a Kambo ceremony can be an intense experience. In addition to burning holes in the top layers of the skin, it can trigger a strong reaction in your nervous system, including side effects such as muscle cramps, swelling, vomiting, and a strong emotional reaction which is intense in the moment, but ultimately the medicine leaves you feeling relaxed after about an hour.
While the experience is not for everyone, Kambo’s cleansing effects begin within minutes of administration,and it leaves most people feeling less pain in the days and weeks after treatment.
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Iboga & Ibogaine
Tabernanthe Iboga, a plant containing the entheogenic substance Ibogaine, is a powerful psychedelic from West Africa that has been in use for centuries in traditional healing ceremonies.
Ayamorphosis plans to offer Private Sessions for individuals, couples, trios and foursomes with Iboga/Ibogaine from 2018 . You can book a bigger group ceremony to include friends, colleagues and/or family.
Our guides are happy to travel to your home or to a space that you feel comfortable in to experience this sacrament. However, all participants will need to pass our strict screening to confirm they have suitable physical and mental health to undergo the ceremony with Iboga/Ibogaine.
We offer our retreats to those who wish to experience this powerful entheogen for Spiritual Awakening. We do not offer ceremonies to those with serious addictions. If you have a serious addiction to alcohol, heroin, opoids, crack or cocaine we advise you to undergo the treatment with a medically-trained facilitator.
What is Iboga/Ibogaine?
The Iboga tree is the central pillar of the Bwiti spiritual practice in West-Central Africa, mainly Gabon, Cameroon and the Republic of the Congo, which uses the alkaloid-containing roots of the plant in a number of ceremonies.
Iboga is taken in massive doses by initiates of this spiritual practice, and on a more regular basis is eaten in smaller doses in connection with rituals and tribal dances, which are usually performed at night.
Bwitists have been subject to persecution by Catholic missionaries, who to this day are thoroughly opposed to the growing spiritual practice of Bwiti.
Léon M’ba, before becoming the first President of Gabon in 1960, defended the Bwiti religion and the use of iboga in French colonial courts. On June 6, 2000, the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Gabon declared Tabernanthe iboga to be a national treasure.
In lower doses Iboga has a stimulant effect and is used to maintain alertness while hunting.
How does Iboga/Ibogaine heal?
It can be used in its traditional form from the root bark of the plant (known as Iboga), or in the laboratory-isolated form of Ibogaine which only contains the central psychoactive substance (known as Ibogaine).
Today iboga is best known for its miraculous ability to cure or drastically reduce addiction to substances like alcohol, crack cocaine, and heroin in a single treatment. It can also help people overcome addiction to prescription opiates such as morphine, methadone, Vicodin, Percocet, and OxyContin.
Ayamorphosis does not offer ceremonies for those with serious alcohol or drug addictions. We offer ceremonies to those who wish to experience the spiritual awakening benfits of this powerful sacrament, as well as healing for a wide variety of mental health issues, including depression, post traumatic stress and mood disorders.
Iboga/Ibogaine: A Miracle Cure for Addiction
After finishing an Iboga treatment, patients report a feeling of rebirth that allows them to see the world in a totally new light and leave behind their old destructive patterns of behaviour for good.
One fascinating common experience that many people report in Iboga treatment is the ability to see your life played out in front of you on a series of 3-dimensional screens that you can zoom into and out of. The “spirit” of the Iboga plant is often present during this process, lovingly but authoritatively guiding the person to see the lessons that are in front of them — how they have been out of balance, how their behaviour has hurt others and where they can improve their capacity for joy, wholeness and health.
With so many reported cases of incredible success with Iboga treatment, western doctors and scientists are taking note and performing clinical studies to better understand how the plant medicine works.
According to doctor C.M. Anderson of Harvard Medical school, Iboga has “unique neuropharmacological and psychobiological properties” that make it particularly conducive to treating chemical dependency. He posits that, “Ibogaine works through multiple neurotransmitter systems to create… (a) state of plasticity similar to states of plasticity existing during fetal development. This critical brain state may facilitate the consolidation of traumatic memories, reversal of abnormal hemispheric functions, and the dissolution of habitual motor patterns associated with addiction.”
In other words, Iboga has a profound ability to guide people through a journey of self-reconciliation that is often at the heart of addictive behaviours and other disorders. With proper integration of this experience and supervised aftercare such as with a recovery coach, these transformative experiences can have a permanent positive effect on a person’s life.
Treating Mood Disorders with Iboga/Ibogaine
Iboga/Ibogaine can help you recover from many psychological issues including depression, anxiety, phobias and trauma.
The drug’s deeply personal and illuminating nature allows clients to let go of different types of patterns not related to drug use that may be equally difficult for them to break.
This is especially life changing for victims of chronic depression, anxiety disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which often cause such intense emotional stress that recovery seems impossible.
For people who suffer from these terrible chronic afflictions, Iboga offers hope backed by hundreds of years of traditional use, many thousands of successful anecdotal cases, and increasing scientific validation.
Prior to the Iboga/Ibogaine Ceremony
You must tell us of any mental or physical health problems you have a history of or presently suffer from. If you are on any alcohol, recreational drugs, antidepressants, vitamins or medications you must clear them with us. If you have NOT abstained from certain medicines prior to a ceremony you will NOT be able to take the medicine due to complications and/or possible death.
Other medications that may cause adverse effects include:
Decongestants, Allergy/Hay Fever medications, Corticosteroids, Pain relievers, Stimulants, Antacids and Sleep medications.
Products and foods that should be discontinued prior to Ibogaine:
Goldenseal/Berberine, St. John’s Wort, Asafoetida, Black seed, Curcuma and Garden Cress, Kava kava, Valerian, Black Cohosh, Scotch Broom (inhibitors of CYP2D6). Grapefruit, Licorice, Quinine and Bitter Orange (These are all QT-prolonging substances and should not be taken with or before Ibogaine). Cascara Sagrada, Senna, Aloe Vera (taken internally), Horsetail, Celery seed, Yellow Dock, Buckthorn (not to be confused with Sea Buckthorn), plus other laxatives and diuretics, may deplete electrolytes. Mistletoe, diuretics, laxatives, may cause hypotension (low blood pressure).
Stimulants that should be suspended include Ephedra (aka: Ma Huang), Kola Nut, Guarana.
Anyone with the following conditions cannot participate in an Iboga/Ibogaine ceremony:
Cancer, Cerebella dysfunction, Coagulation abnormalities or a history of blood clots, Diabetes (uncontrolled), Emphysema, Epilepsy, Crohn’s Disease Fainting (chronic), Gastric ulcer, Heart disease, heart murmurs, or heart arrhythmias, Hepatitis with liver enzymes over four times normal, High blood pressure (uncontrolled), Infections (active) including ulcers, or skin abscesses, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Obesity (severe), Pneumonia, Kidney disease, Liver disease with liver enzymes over four times normal, Pregnancy, Psychiatric disorders (serious), Stroke.
You will be asked to sign a disclaimer prior to be accepted for a ceremony. You will also be asked to sign a disclaimer on the day of the ceremony to say that you have understood all the risks, have none of the above conditions, and have not taken any of the foods, medications, alcohol, recreational drugs, vitamins for the required period of time prior to the ceremony.
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