Following are the top ten benefits of ayahuasca based on scientific research, first-hand stories, explanations from shamans who serve the medicine, and my own personal journey...
1. Heals the body by cleansing the blood, liver and gall bladder. This can lead to healing physical ailments such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and cancer.
In the article “Scientists Explore the Therapeutic Benefits of Ayahuasca,” Dale Richardson, Ph.D. talks about how the active ingredient in ayahuasca helps to stimulate a receptor which, when dysfunctional, is linked to multiple diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer, cardiomyopathy, retinal dysfunction, perinatal and traumatic brain injury, and the list goes on...
2. Heals the emotional field by allowing us to process our old traumas and liberate ourselves from them.
In an amazing story of emotional healing called “This War Zone Anthropologist Used Ayahuasca To Heal His PTSD,” anthropologist Riccardo Vitale, Ph.D. speaks about his experience:
The famous ayahuasca purges, the diarrhea and vomiting, were just minor nuisances — a relief in fact — compared to other physical, spiritual, and mental hurdles that these experiences posed...Only about six or seven months after my last ritual in 2015, I became aware of substantial and profound changes in my personality...At the end of 2015, after almost two decades of conflictive relations, I told each member of my family how much I loved them. I also said that I had forgiven myself for all of my mistakes and forgiven the mistakes of anyone else in my family.
3. Gives us the vision of what we’re destined to do here on the planet, showing us our true path.
4. Has an opening and amplifying effect for other plant medicines, which can be good for treating diseases like cancer.
5. Brings our energy into the third eye and crown chakra, allowing us to experience the celestial realm and achieve spiritual fulfillment.
6. Opens up people’s spirits so they’re willing to accept healing and take responsibility for the world around them.
7. Has profound effects associated with the beautiful, traditional tribal music created by the Shaman as a means of harnessing spirit and moving energy. The vibration or frequency of the music sung by the shaman and emanated through the instruments is a powerful healing modality accompanying the work of the medicine.
8. Helps us overcome fear.
In his account of a week long Ayahuasca retreat entitled, “How I Overcame Anxiety and Found Spiritual Fulfillment Through Ayahuasca,” Jpsan writes about a voice knocking from inside his head, like a thumping hollow metal drum saying from the inside:
'Turn off your fear layer. You are perceiving everything through a layer of fear. It can be turned off and on from the state that you are in right now.'
They showed me a simple four-sided box that was open on both ends.
'You look through this thing into all the goings on out here through a series of filters and perception layers… That generates your experience of waking reality. Fear distorts both the perception and the translation. It was meant as a fight or flight thing, but half of humanity is running around with the darn thing on all the time. It is everywhere. Look at your headlines, most of it has a basis in fear. Turn. Off. Your. Fear. Layer. Remember this if you can’t remember anything else.'
9. Stimulates the birth of new neurons, which could lead to the cure of diseases like Alzheimer’s associated with neuron death in key regions of the brain.
In the article “Hallucinogenic Amazonian Medicine Stimulates Generation of New Brain Cells, Ben Taub talks about a groundbreaking discovery by the Beckley Foundation where they were able to generate new brain cells and then mature brain cells from harmine and tertrahydroharmine - the main compounds in ayahuasca.
10. Helps eliminate addictions. It balances neurotransmitters, such as 5-HTP and dopamine, and rewires the brain - allowing the individual to have better decision making capabilities. It reveals the root of addiction associated with the emotional body and subconscious mind, allowing one to move beyond the thoughts that keep one in an addictive cycle.