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Healing Powers of the Vine of the Soul

We know that indigenous people of the Amazon basin have been consuming Ayahuasca for centuries. And we know that modern science is beginning to show evidence that Ayahuasca may be helpful in treating many mental illnesses including PTSD, depression, and addiction.

So, what then is the extent of Ayahuasca’s healing properties? The answer is we don’t know yet.

Modern-day Ayahuasca is a drink made from the cooking together of at least two plants, Banisteriopsis caapi and usually Psychotria viridis. Psychotria viridis contains dimethyltryptamine (DMT) a noted psychedelic drug, and Banisteriopsis caapi contains a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI). If the DMT-containing plant is consumed alone, then enzymes in the stomach would break it down and no psychedelic effects would be felt. The addition of the MAOI-containing plant inhibits these enzymes in the stomach and allows the mind-bending effects of DMT to be felt.Read More

Ayahuasca Sacred Songs

Sacred Songs

An essential part of the Ayahuasca ceremony is the shaman singing sacred songs. But what are they? What do they mean?

Sacred songs or icaros are the shaman’s way of communicating with and invoking the spirit world. Every shaman has his or her own songs, and the shaman will tell you that he learned the songs directly and personally from the plant world.Read More

What is Shamanism? Part 2

Last time we started talking about Shamanism. We learned that shamanism has been practiced around the world by different indigenous peoples in different countries for around 20,000 years.

While experts disagree on exactly what Shamanism is and even on the origin of the word “shaman,” there is agreement that most indigenous cultures have someone playing the role of shaman or medicine man/woman or healer. (In North America, the only reference to “shaman” is when we impose that label on the healer.)

And we also suggested that the shaman is able to travel back and forth between the spirit world and real world in order to do good or ill, heal, and help solve problems facing the group.

So how do you become a shaman?

There is great variation across different cultures in how people become shamans.Read More

What is Shamanism? Part 1

Shamanism is a complicated topic, and the experts do not all agree on what it is exactly. The word itself, shaman, may come from the Tungu language and was brought back to the western world in the 17th century by a Dutch explorer, or it may not. Some scholars believe “shaman” is a word borrowed from the Manchu language.

One thing that academics seem to agree upon is that Shamanism predates all the modern religions, and there is clear evidence of a shamanic burial from the Upper Paleolithic Era or Late Stone Age, or between 10 and 50 thousand years ago.

But what is it?

In simple terms, a shaman is someone who (in theory) travels between the spirit world and the real world to do good or ill. The shaman’s role is typical to use his or her powers and knowledge to heal an individual’s body and mind and/or solve other problems facing the tribe and/or community.

So, then shamanism is the religion of all the people who accept and believe in their community’s shaman and shamanic powers and the belief in this other world inhabited by spirits. You could say it’s the mother of all religions.

Where are there shamans?

Everywhere. If we use this very broad definition, then shamans can be found among indigenous people on all the continents.Read More

Trying Ayahuasca for Business Insights

Ayahuasca for Business InsightsAyahuasca is entering the mainstream and becoming a trend as researchers explore its use for the treatment of depression, PTSD, eating disorders and addiction. But there is another trend in Ayahuasca use and experimentation: business owners hoping to gain insight into improving their performance.

Ayahuasca has become very popular in Silicon Valley and among the entrepreneurial set. Whether in the hopes of increasing sales or solving business problems, more and more business folks are turning to Ayahuasca.

As a participant, you are more likely to learn about your place in the universe or gain insight into how to exercise more compassion with your employees.Read More

Participating in Ayahuasca Research

Participating in Ayahuasca ResearchThere is more and more research being done and being planned for Ayahausca. This centuries-old drink originating from the Amazon basin has long been used by indigenous people as strong medicine. Now, Ayahuasca is entering the mainstream and becoming a trend as researchers explore its use for the treatment of depression, PTSD, eating disorders and addiction.

In order for scientists to do research, they often need people to participate in their studies. Depending on the type of research, usually, you have to live in the city where the research is being conducted. If you don’t live there, you would have to travel there on a regular basis. Rarely, you can participate in a study at a distance.

It doesn’t cost anything to participate in research. Often the researchers will pay you a small stipend to cover your incidental costs. Sometimes you may even get different types of medical testing or treatment if needed for free while participating in a study.

If you’re interested in participating in Ayahuasca research, here is how you do it:

The US Portal

Through this link, is a worldwide search engine for studies. Just enter “Ayahuasca” in the “Other Terms” search box, and you can see what is available worldwide. You can filter your results for location or, for example, which studies are recruiting. You can contact the person running the study or you can ask your doctor to contact the person for you.

MAPS

MAPS, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, is another organization where you can find research studies. Note that there are studies other than just with Ayahuasca. On the previous clinicaltrials.gov website, you can also search for other medicines like LSD, MDMA, ketamine or Psilocybin mushrooms, for example, which MAPS freely lists.

The advantage of participating in research is that you can help modern science to move ahead. You can participate in the cutting edge of research, and you often meet experts in the field. Sometimes you will have access to treatments that aren’t available to the public yet. It’s exciting and it’s useful. You are performing a public service. And helping others is what we’re all about.

Contact Us

We can give you all kinds of information, and we urge you to contact us and let us answer your questions or address any concerns. Our email address is info@eastwestlodge.com . Your safety is our first priority.

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2018 Wellness Trends

2018 Wellness TrendsWe already know that Ayahuasca is an important trend in 2018 as more and more people are becoming aware of its potential to help us in a myriad of ways, psychologically, spiritually, and emotionally. There is increasing research supporting the further investigation of Ayahuasca to help with addiction, eating disorders, depression, and PTSD.

In addition to Ayahuasca, the Global Wellness Institute, a 501(c)(3) non-profit with the mission to empower worldwide wellness, has defined several other interesting ideas as current wellness trends for 2018. Here are a few of them.

Mushrooms

All kinds. Supported by clinical evidence, we are learning that mushrooms have all kinds of health benefits, physically, neurologically, and spiritually. As a result, we are starting to see mushrooms as ingredients in foods and drinks and creams and ointments where they have never been used before.Read More

What is an Ayahuasca Retreat?

What is an Ayahuasca Retreat?

Ceremony Begins

The retreat of ayahuasca healing is that which ancient people believe that their elders have a spiritual conversation with their god’s. The Shamans will be preparing medicines for the healing treatment process with the medicinal plants which are widely found in the Amazon forest.

The retreat beings with an ayahuasca ceremony process in that all the people will get a natural herbal bath which is used to clean the body and to harmonize them. IN the ceremony process the shamans and the elders will guide the people to take them to the spiritual journey of their life.Read More

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