Sacred Medicina




The term Ayahuasca is derived from the Quechua words “aya ” meaning soul or spirit and “huasca” meaning rope or vine. This is translated as the vine of the soul and is considered to be a drink used by the initiated ones to communicate with the world of the spirits for more than 5,000 years by the shamans of the Amazon as a way to reach amplified states of consciousness.

Ayahuasca is a blend of two plants – the ayahuasca vine (Banisteriopsis caapi) and the leaves of a shrub called chacruna (Psychotria viridis), which contains the dimethyltryptamine (The Spirit Molecule). The effects of Ayahuasca can be attributed to Dimethyltryptamine , a substance that is produced by our Pineal Gland and is responsible for our nocturnal dreams. According to various healers Chacruna is in charge of “painting the visions” whereas the Ayahuasca is the one teaching beyond those visions.

Working with Ayahuasca is an intense, profound, and almost always a highly transformative experience that can facilitate deep healing on all levels of your being – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. An ayahuasca purge releases you of unhealthy mental and emotional energies that you may have been carrying that were initially caused by difficult experiences in your life such as emotional wounds, abuse, relationship difficulties and depression. Ayahuasca is a doorway to inner worlds that allows us access higher states of consciousness and the experience of spiritual awakening. To many people it reveals the multi-dimensional nature of reality and ourselves and it leads us back to who we truly are.

The effects induce a modified state of consciousness, which is experienced as expanding and allows us to observe deep-rooted problems and open the censoring of the human unconscious mind. The Ayahuasca experience can lead to different results, such as the surprising and ecstatic meeting with one’s “Self”, the identification of a true “Me”, not recognized and seemingly rediscovered.

Ayahuasca is a sacred medicine consumed in a ritual ceremony. The consumption of Ayahuasca within a controlled context shows no side-effects, nor any symptom of abstinence when you stop consuming it.


Pre-Ayahuasca Detox & Healing Retreat Diet

What not to eat before your Retreat

In order to pass through your retreat successfully, clients are required to follow a special pre-Ayahuasca diet before their detox and healing retreat. In the Amazon the word ‘diet or dietas’ is used to refer to a period of fasting from certain foods, so that one can experience a more powerful detox and healing with La Madre Ayahuasca.

All retreat participants are advised to abstain from the following food items 3 days before and after your Ayahuasca Detox & Healing Retreat:


– Fruits that are bruised or overripe including raisins, prunes

or other dried fruits – Bananas
– Avocados
– Canned figs

– Red plums – Pineapple
– Raspberries


– Sauerkraut
– Broad beans and pods

(lima, fava beans, lentils, snow peas and soya beans

Other Food Items

– Tofu
– Nuts
– Yeast extracts/ brewer’s yeast (Marmite) – Soy sauce

Animal Products

– All meat, fish and eggs which are not fresh
– Red meat
– Pork (please abstain for a minimum of two weeks before and after ceremony)

– Dry and fermented sausage (bologna, salami, pepperoni, corned beef, and liver) – Pickled herring and salted dried fish
– Meat extracts

Spices and Herbs

– Salt
– Pepper
– Spices
– Chillies or other hot peppers
– Ginger
– Ginseng
– St. John’s wort
– Lysergic Acid Amide (LSA) found in Morning Glory and Baby Hawaiian Woodrose seeds MDA related herbs (nutmeg, sweet flag)


– Alcohol – You should abstain from drinking alcohol for a minimum of one week before and after your ceremony

– Fizzy drinks (including “diet” sodas, as these contain NutraSweet/Aspartame and other sweeteners)

– Beer and non-alcoholic beer


– Chocolate
– Sugar and sweets – Ice cream


– Oils (if you must use oil, use olive oil very sparingly)
– Fat (including lard etc)


– Cultured dairy products such as buttermilk, yogurt, and sour cream
– All aged/mature cheese (exception: cottage cheese, cream cheese)

– Caffeine drinks including coffee, tea, cola, Guarana and energy drinks

– Ice or ice cold drinks

Other Restrictions

Sexual Restrictions

 Please note that it is important not to engage in any form of sexual intimacy, (this includes masturbation, oral sex, telephone sex, viewing of pornography etc.) for at least 7-14 days before coming on your detox and healing retreat.

Smoking & Drinking

Please do not smoke cigarettes or consume alcohol inside of the Ceremonial Sanctuary. People can smoke the Shamanic Tobacco, during your detox and healing Ceremony for smudging and purifying your aura from negative energies.

Other Restrictions

Drug Restrictions

You are advised to abstain from the following list of prescription and recreational drugs which may cause severe illness and/or are not compatible with Ayahuasca if consumed before your Ceremony. It is recommended that where possible, you abstain from them at least four weeks before and after your Ceremony. You must fully inform us of any current or past drug use, especially anti-depressants, antibiotics and recreational drugs such heroin and cocaine, prior to booking your Ceremony.

– Antidepressants containing Selective Serotonine Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI’s) such as the herb Kanna (Sceletium tortuosum) and pills such as paroxetine (Seroxat), fluoxetine (Prozac), citalopram (Cipramil), fluvoxamine (Fevarin) and sertraline (Zoloft)

– Sleeping-pills
– Anaesthetics
– Migraine medicines
– Allergy medicines
– Paracetomol and Panadol
– Over the counter cough medicines
– Cocaine
– Amphetamines (speed)
– Mescaline cacti (peyote and san pedro)
– Alcohol – Ephedra/ ephedrine (EPH)
– Pseudoephedrine (PSE) – commonly found in decongestants
– Macromerine
– Phentermine (This appetite suppressant drug is known by numerous commercial names. For clarification, please check your medication or ask your doctor)
– Nasal sprays (Vicks Sinex, Prevalin or Otrivin)
– Other MAO-inhibitors

Post Dieta Information

The post diet is as important as the diet it’s self. The Post-diet usually lasts 4-6 weeks depending on the plant you dieted with and for how long your diet lasted. You need to check this with your Maestro when you end your diet. The post diet is a period of integration and incorporation of the spirit of the master plant and for the work you’ve done during the diet. During this time you need to follow a special diet and lifestyle. Following the post diet guidelines is extremely important and breaking with the post diet instructions can cause severe problems and complications.

It is important to listen to your own body. There are certain things you must avoid completely and there are things you can implement after a few days. For the foods that are not mentioned, listen in with yourself and ask your body, the master plant will also guide you. You can also try and see how it feels in your system. If the food is very heavy to digest, to much spice etc. avoid. Your body will often give you a feeling if its good for you or not and the quantities it wants. Eat as much organic food as possible.

What to completely avoid during post-dieta 4 – 6 weeks :

  • Acid and Citric fruits (this includes lemons, oranges, passion fruit, tomatoes (however a few drops of lemon juice on your salad is ok)
  • Advocado
  • Alcohol
  • Beans/lentils
  • Bread
  • Coffee and black tea
  • Dairy products, milk, butter, cream and yogurt
  • Eggs
  • Fatty fish/ salt water fish
  • Fermented products like vinegar, wine, soy sauce
  • Hot spices/ sauces
  • Ice-cream, refrigerated food and drinks/ hot drinks-soups/food (Stick to room-

    tempered food/drinks)

  • Nuts and seeds
  • Onion, garlic, spices
  • Oil
  • Processed food
  • Red meat/ pork
  • Sugar (fructose in fruits is fine and little honey but not too much)
  • Seafood
  • Tinned food
  • Sexual activity, masturbation and especially no orgasm
  • Ingestion of medicaments
  • Smoking marihuana, psycoactive substances and other drugs
  • Do not use strong chemicals on your hair or skin, try to use natural soaps, shampoes, oils for your skin, fluoride free natural toothpaste and natural fragrances, if any.


    After 1 – 2 weeks you may add in (add little by little and listen to your body what is ok- use moderation, especially at first):

Acid and citric fruits

• Avocado

• Bread
• Beans/lentils Eggs (but not fried in

Fatty fish and salt water fish
Oatmeal milk\soy milk Nuts and seeds\peanuts

Recommended Lifestyle during Post-Dieta:

  • Try not to over eat/ the plant intergrates better when eating in moderation
  • You may need to rest a lot for these first 2 weeks, allow yourself to do so
  • Dont mix your energy too much with other people (i.e. massage, kissing, hugs etc.)
  • Drink plenty of water and herbal teas without caffeine (f.eks: camomille)
  • Keep a diary of your personal dreams and insights
  • Slowly get back into physical exercise, don’t overdo it too quickly, but listen to your body. Swetting is not reccomendable during post- diet.
  • Be mindful and stay out of the sun to much, try to stay in the shade instead.
  • Be mindful of being in busy crowds, take extra time if you are back to your normal

    routine at home, meditate and journal often and keep track of how you’re feeling

    generally and in response to your master plant.

  • We reccomend cleansing your body and mind, with showers, insences, palo santo or

    sage, going for short walks, being in nature and be kind to yourself.

  • Be mindful of where your thoughts are, and your thoght patterns. Whatever you choose

to do/think to yourself during post – diet you also do to the master plant.

We recommend to eat steamed potatoes, manioc, green banana and vegetables, oatmeal porrige, fresh salads, quinua, rice, fruits, lean fish and chicken from the grill (without additional oil and spices). Food that has ”less personality”(meaning less tastes, spices, fats, sugar etc.) is the best to eat during post- diet, it gives more space to the master plant to intergrate. Natural supplements are ok to eat during post diet, but in moderation.


What is KAMBÔ

Kambo is a highly toxic secretion from one of the largest Hylid frogs known as the Giant Green Monkey Tree Frog. Its scientific name is Phyllomedusa Bicolor. The frog is nocturnal and arboreal and due to the fact that it has no natural predators is found in abundance across the Upper Amazon rainforest areas of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, French Guiana, Suriname and Venezuela. Kambo acts as a great reinforcement for the immune system. The Kambo not work only the physical, but also strengthens and aligns the chackras, also seals our electromagnetic field .

The Origns of Kambo

Each tribe has its own legend or story about how they came to use Kambo. The most prevalent legend regarding the origins of Kambo comes from Brazil. This Kaxinawá legend tells that the Indians of the tribe were very ill and their medicine man (Pajé in Brazil) had done everything that was possible to cure them. All medicinal herbs known were used, but none helped. Under the effect of sacred plant medicines, he entered the forest and whilst there received a visit from the Grandmother. She brought in her hands a frog, from which she took a white secretion, and taught the Pajé how to apply it. Returning to the tribe and following the guidelines that he had received the Pajé was able to cure his brothers and sisters. From then on he was known as Pajé Kampu or Kampum. After his death, his spirit lived on in the frog where it continued its mission to protect the health of those who defend the forest. The secretion became known as Kambo but in some tribes it is called Sapo, Dow- Kiet, Kampu or Vacina da Floresta. Its usage spread and for thousands of years, Kambo has been used as

medicine by the Kaxinawá people, and by many other indigenous groups including the Amahuaca, Katukina, Kulina, Yawanawá, Matses, Marubo and Mayoruna. it is still used widely amongst indigenous people in the Amazon to this day although the rituals vary from tribe to tribe.

How does it works?

Kambô is a fire medicine. When combined with the water that is drunk before the treatment, an alchemical transformation happens and old toxins are released through vomiting or urgent defecation. This cleansing process works not only on a physical level but also on a spiritual one.

The frog, connecting us with our natural wisdom, mirrors our negative habits, showing us what we should avoid and what we could do in order to improve our condition. The ‘medicine’ is applied by burning tiny holes in the skin with the tip of a glowing stick. The effect is immediate,as it runs in the body through the lymphatic system. The body becomes warm nd the heart beats aster than normal until the person vomits the water they had been drinking in advance. All this asts about 15-20 Minutes

Kambo offers the opportunity of the body to realize its full potential and you are likely to feel rejuvenated and alive following the treatment. Recent scientific studies have highlighted its ability to heal infections, regulate blood pressure and there is also evidence to suggest its effectiveness in treating Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease, depression, migraines, blood circulation issues, Cancer, fertility issues, AIDS and Hepatitis. It also has a powerful effect in pain relief.

It is no coincidence that several pharmaceutical companies have been investigating its properties for healing for the past 25 years and currently have 27 patents on the peptides that exist within Kambo.

The Katukinas have used kambo to prevent and cure diseases, and also as physical revitalizing.

Phyllomedusas isolated molecules are highly antibacterial and they can kill very resistant bacteria.

 The Kambo is suitable for any disturbance or imbalance.Purifies the blood and treats all body processes. It can also be used in people who apparently have no symptoms and that are in search of self and system strengthening immune. The Kambo is also a medicine for the soul as it improves the perceptionin general. Help with intuition, dreams, stimulates the third eye, unconscious blockages that impede the flow of vital energy of our body, something that few people are aware that important are for a better quality of life.

Kambo contains properties inflammatory and requires no special care after application, is rapid healing.


Master Plant Dieta


Ajos sacha is well used and respected by most of the indigenous Indian tribes of the Amazon and almost all parts of the plant are used; the leaves, vine bark, and root. Most consider the plant to be “magical” or “spiritual” and capable of driving away evil spirits or used for good luck. The leaves, tied in bunches, can often be found in local huts and houses for this purpose, or, the leaves are burned as smudge over people or in houses to “cleanse the spirit” or to bring good luck. The Shipibo-Conibo Indians give a tea of bark to dogs to make them good hunters and also drink the tea themselves to bring good luck when hunting or fishing. Oftentimes, ajos sacha can be found as an adjunctive ingredient in the hallucinogenic potion the shamans use in spiritual ceremonies called ayahuasca. It is added to the brew to drive away evil spirits, or to purify the blood and body to make the ayahuasca more readily accepted.

Ajos sacha is also used as a medicine by the Indian tribes in the Amazon. The Shipibo-Conibo prepare the bark into a poultice to use on bumps, swellings and inflammatory conditions of the skin. They prepare the bark in an infusion or the leaves in a decoction for rheumatism, arthritis, colds, uterine disorders, inflammation and epilepsy. The root is prepared in a cane alcohol tincture as an overall regenerative whole body tonic. The Ese’eja Indians prepare a leaf tea for colds, while the Amuesha use a leaf tea to aid fertility. The Wayapi put the leaves in a bath to treat feverish conditions. The Creoles in Guyana use the leaves in baths for cramps and fatigue and the Tapajos in Brazil use it in baths for body aches and the flu.

Ajos sacha is also quite well known and popular in the cities and towns in the Amazon and has a long history of use in herbal medicine systems in Peru and Brazil. It is considered analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antirheumatic and widely used for arthritis, rheumatism, body aches and pain, and muscle aches, injuries and pain. The bark is typically prepared in a tincture or a decoction for these types of conditions but the leaves are used similarly for the same conditions as well. In addition, the leaves of ajos sacha are also a common remedy for colds, flu, pneumonia, coughs, fever, and headaches. The leaves are generally prepared as an infusion or decoction. The root is also prepared in a tincture or a cold maceration (soaking it in cold water for 2-3 days) and taken as a general whole-body tonic.

Main Actions (in order):
analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic, febrifuge, antitussive

Main Uses:

  1. for arthritis and rheumatism
  2. for coughs, colds, flu, pneumonia and upper respiratory conditions
  3. as a general pain-reliever (headaches, muscles, joints, body aches)
  4. for fevers (malaria, flu, etc.)
  5. for general inflammation (external and internal)

Properties/Actions Documented by Research:
antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, antioxidant, antispasmodic, diuretic, hypotensive (lowers blood pressure), muscle relaxant, uterine relaxant

Properties/Actions Documented by Traditional Use:
analgesic, anti-arthritic, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, antirheumatic, antitussive, depurative, purgative, tonic, vermifuge


In the Amazon, the Indians of the Rio Pastaza consider bobinsana to be a stimulant. They prepare a decoction of the roots to take for strength and energy. The Shipibo-Conibo Indians in the Ucayali area of Peru call the tree semein and prepare a bark tincture for rheumatism, arthritis, colds, uterine disorders, and edema (or water retention). The indigenous people and tribes in the Madre de Dios region of the Peruvian Amazon prepare a bark tincture (with aguardiente) for bone pain, arthritis, rheumatism, and colds. They also grate the bark into baths to increase resistance to sickness and to resist the cold and chills.

Bobinsana is also used by the Indians as an adjunctive ingredient in various ayahuasca recipes in the Amazon. Ayahuasca is a phytochemically-rich combination of plants brewed by Indian shamans to connect to the spirit world. Through a series of reactions among chemicals from several plants working together, a hallucinogenic plant extract is created. While bobinsana is not itself a hallucinogen, it is considered a “plant teacher” and is sometimes added to ayahuasca recipes to help the shamans connect to and learn from the plants on a spiritual level.

In Peruvian herbal medicine systems a decoction of the bark is prepared and it is considered to be anti-rheumatic, contraceptive, tonic, stimulant, and depurative. A bark decoction is also used for dyspnea (shortness of breath). A decoction of the roots is recommended for uterine cancer and as a depurative (blood cleanser) as well. A decoction of the entire plant (leaves, stem, twigs, flowers) is prepared as a decoction as a general energizing tonic.

Main Preparation Method: tincture or decoction

Main Actions (in order):
anti-inflammatory, antiarthritic, depurative, anti-cancerous, tonic

Main Uses:

  1. for arthritis and rheumatism
  2. as a blood cleanser
  3. for uterine cancer
  4. as a stimulating tonic
  5. for colds/flu

Properties/Actions Documented by Research: COX-1 inhibitor

Properties/Actions Documented by Traditional Use:
anti-arthritic, anticancerous, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, contraceptive, depurative, stimulant, tonic



Manacá has a long history of indigenous use for both medicine and magic. Its Brazilian common name, manacá, originated with the Tupi Indians in Brazil; they named it after the most beautiful girl in their tribe, Manacán, for its lovely flowers. It is a sacred and spiritual plant used by shamans and curanderos in the potion ayahuasca (a sacred hallucinogen), in special initiation ceremonies, and for bad luck (the chiricaspi and grandiflora species are preferred for ayahuasca brews).

In the Amazon, manacá root is prepared into a tincture with aguardiente (rum) for rheumatism and venereal disease. In Peru (where the local name of the plant is chiricsanango), indigenous peoples apply a decoction of leaves externally for arthritis and rheumatism; they also employ a root decoction for chills. One Amazonian curandero (near Pucallpa, Peru) uses a root tea for adult fevers, arthritis and rheumatism, back pain, common colds, bronchitis, lung disease and tuberculosis, snakebite, and as an enema for kidney disorders and ulcers. Indigenous tribes in the northwest Amazon utilize manacá to increase urination and perspiration in detoxification rituals. They also use it for fever, rheumatism, snakebite, syphilis, and yellow fever. Curanderos and herbal healers along the Amazon River in Ecuador use a root decoction to treat arthritis, rheumatism, colds and flu, uterine pain and cramps, venereal diseases, and to purify the blood – while using a poultice of the leaves as a topical pain-reliever.

In South American herbal medicine, the root of manacá is said to stimulate the lymphatic system. It has long been used for syphilis, earning the name vegetable mercury (mercury was once used to treat syphilis many years ago). In South American medicine systems today, manacá is considered to be an abortive, a lymph and blood cleanser, a topical anesthetic, diuretic, menstrual promoter, laxative, sweat promoter, and narcotic. It is employed for arthritis, rheumatism, scrofula, and syphilis. In Brazil herbalists use the root as a laxative and blood cleanser, for syphilis, rheumatism, scrofula, dermatosis, and to promote menstrual flow. Practitioners and herbalists in the United States use manacá as a diuretic, laxative, and anti-inflammatory to treat arthritis and rheumatism, sexually-transmitted diseases, and to stimulate the lymphatic system and disperse uric acid. In Europe the plant is used for arthritis, rheumatism, bronchitis, fevers, and snakebite.

Main Preparation Method: tincture or decoction

Main Actions (in order):
sedative, analgesic (pain-reliever), central nervous system depressant, anti-inflammatory, blood cleanser

Main Uses:

  1. for arthritis and rheumatism (internal and external) and general painful and inflammatory conditions
  2. to cleanse and stimulate the lymphatic system (and for swollen lymph glands)
  3. to relieve menstrual pain and cramps
  4. for colds, flu, and fevers
  5. for venereal diseases

Properties/Actions Documented by Research:
analgesic (pain-reliever), anti-inflammatory, anticoagulant (blood thinner), antimutagenic (cellular protector), antispasmodic, central nervous system depressant, febrifuge (reduces fever), insecticide, refrigerant (lowers body temperature)

Other Properties/Actions Documented by Traditional Use:
abortive, anesthetic, antitumorous, antivenin, blood cleanser, diaphoretic (promotes sweating), laxative, lymphatic stimulant, menstrual stimulant, sedative



Indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest have been using the bark of chuchuhuasi medicinally for centuries. Its Peruvian name, chuchuhuasi, means “trembling back,” which refers to its long-standing use for arthritis, rheumatism, and back pain. One local Indian remedy for arthritis and rheumatism calls for one cup of a bark decoction taken three times a day for more than a week. Local people and villagers along the Amazon believe that chuchuhuasi is an aphrodisiac and tonic, and the bark soaked in the local sugarcane rum (aguardiente) is a popular jungle drink that is even served in bars and to tourists (its often called “go-juice” to relieve pain and muscle aches and to “keep going” during long treks in the rainforest). Local healers and curanderos in the Amazon use chuchuhuasi as a general tonic, to speed healing and, when combined with other medicinal plants, as a synergist for many types of illnesses. In Colombia, the Siona Indians boil a small piece of the bark (5 cm) in 2 liters of water until 1 liter remains, and drink it for arthritis and rheumatism. In the Ecuadorian rainforest, the Quijos Quichua Indians prepare a bark decoction for general aches and pains, rheumatism, sore muscles, menstrual pain, and stomachaches.

In the Peruvian Amazon, chuchuhuasi is still considered the best remedy for arthritis among both city and forest dwellers. It is also used as a muscle relaxant, aphrodisiac, and pain-reliever, for adrenal support, as an immune stimulant, and for menstrual balance and regulation. In Peruvian herbal medicine systems, chuchuhuasi alchohol extracts are used to treat osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bronchitis, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, and menstrual irregularities and pain.

Main Preparation Method: tincture

Main Actions (in order):
muscle relaxant, anti-inflammatory, analgesic (pain-reliever), menstrual stimulant, tonic (tones, balances, strengthens overall body functions)

Main Uses:

  1. as an analgesic (pain-reliever), a muscle relaxant, and an anti-inflammatory for arthritis, rheumatism, and back pain
  2. as an aphrodisiac for loss of libido (male and female)
  3. to cool and balance adrenal function
  4. to tone, balance, and strengthen female hormonal systems and for menstrual disorders, libido loss, menstrual pain and cramps
  5. as a general tonic (tones, balances, strengthens overall body functions) and mild immune stimulant

Properties/Actions Documented by Research:
aldose reductase inhibitor (linked to diabetic complications), analgesic (pain-reliever), anticancerous, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antitumorous, immune stimulant, protein kinase C inhibitor (linked to inflammation processes)

Other Properties/Actions Documented by Traditional Use:
adrenal tonic (tones, balances, strengthens the adrenals), antidysenteric, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, digestive stimulant, febrifuge (reduces fever), menstrual stimulant, tonic (tones, balances, strengthens overall body functions)





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