Ayahuasca (pronounced ‘eye-ah-WAH-ska’) is a plant-based psychedelic tea and can make a person see, hear, smell, feel or taste things that aren’t really there or cause the person to experience things differently from how they are in reality.
Ayahuasca is a hallucinogenic beverage and it prepares from the bark of a South American woody vine.
Amazon cultures know the Ayahuasca by many names throughout Northern South America and Brazil and called huasca, yagé, brew, daime, the tea, la purga and used for over 5000 years by the shamans or healers or teachers Ayahuasqueros as a way for the expansion of consciousness.
The Ayahuasca, mythological and traditionally is the highest Deity (Divine) all natural reality as “The Mother Ayahuasca”. The spirit of all spirits. The Ayahuasca is an important value and significance because the lighting extraordinary state of consciousness. It’s is an authentic and effective source of personal.
Nomenclature and Preparation
Aya means “spirit, soul”, “corpse, dead body”, and waska means “rope” and “woody vine”, “liana”. Yage, also commonly called yagé in South America. It is a brown-reddish drink with a strong taste and smell.
The brew uses in ceremonies among the indigenous peoples of the Amazon basin as a traditional spiritual medicine. The tea is brewed for several hours by infusing the pounded stems of Banisteriopsis caapi in combination with Psychotria viridis or other plants.
Traditionally, a shaman or curandero is an experienced healer who leads Ayahuasca ceremonies and he/she prepares the brew by boiling torn leaves of the Psychotria viridis shrub and stalks of the Banisteriopsis caapi vine in water. It cleaned and smashed before boil to increase the extraction of its medicinal compounds
When the brew has reduced to the shaman’s liking, the water is removed and reserved, leaving behind the plant material. This process repeates until a highly concentrated liquid is produced and once cooled, the brew is strained to remove impurities.
What does Ayahuasca contain?
It contains several alkaloids that act as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). Psychotria viridian shrub is another ingredient in ayahuasca and contains psychoactive, dimethyltryptamine (DMT) that needs MAOIs and it’s orally active. DMT can enter the circulatory system and penetrate the blood–brain barrier, thereby producing its effects.
Ayahuasca has used for a number of centuries by traditional healers as a medicine and in religious ceremonies. Interest in the therapeutic benefits of ayahuasca has been increasing in Western countries and treats to help alcohol, drug dependence.