Ayahuasca Retreat Add-OnsWe recommend these two additional medicines to receive maximum benefits from your Ayahuasca ceremonies
Ayahuasca Retreat Add-Ons
We offer additional Amazonian medicines that compliment Ayahuasca as add-ons for our guests. In our experience, most of our guests decide to add these treatments onto their retreats, and have beneficial results. Working Ayahuasca and Master Plants can at times result in a sense of ungroundedness and physical exhaustion. In some cases, additional cleansing is also needed in order to help the body and mind to surrender to Ayahuasca. These suggested retreat additions can aid your Ayahuasca journey by the medicine to work more efficiently and provide you with grounding and protection.
Ajo Sacha (Mansoa alliacea) is a mild, three day plant diet used to cleanse your digestive system to help facilitate and enhance the healing and cleansing properties of Ayahuasca.
A shrub native to the Amazon rainforest, Ajo Sacha leaves and roots are used culinarily and medicinally. The plant has a smell and taste resembling garlic. “Ajo” is garlic in Spanish and “Sacha” means “wild” in Quechua, the indigenous language of much of Peru.
Guests prepare their own Ajo Sacha by scraping roots collected and blessed by the Shaman. After all the roots are scraped clean they are collected and steeped in water. At dawn the following day, the Shaman will sing medicine songs to the “tea” and the guest will drink the liquid. This repeats two more times to complete the ritual.
Kambo, aka Sapo, is unique in that it is not a plant medicine but frog medicine. This docile nocturnal tree frog (Phyllomedusa bicolor) emits a powerful venom when irritated that has been used for thousands of years by indigenous Amazonian peoples for its ability to cleanse the body, heighten senses and help see visions of prey before a hunt.
At Rainforest Healing Center we have initiated and trained staff who prepare the frog medicine and administer it during ceremony. Like Ajo Sacha, Kambo helps cleanse the body and blood in a powerful, 15-20 minute experience that rids it of toxins. This cleanse allows guests to surrender more fully during ceremony and helps enhance the effects of Ayahuasca.
Kambo is topically administered through small burns, usually on the shoulder (or ankle for females if they desire). A paste is made of the guest’s saliva and dried venom and then applied to the fresh burn. The ceremony is powerful and guests may experience accelerated heart rates, sweating, swelling of the face/feet/hands, nausea, dizziness and/or vomiting. Many guests are well and spritely following a ceremony, while others may need more time and quietude for integration. There is no wrong experience as each is unique to the individual experiencing it.