The History of Cupping

Cupping is a medical practice that has been around for thousands of years. There is evidence of the ancient Egyptians using it around 3000 B.C., traditional Iranian medicine mentions it, and cupping appears in the writings of Maimonides from around A.D. 1175. In traditional Chinese Medicine, cupping is supposed to help with the circulation of […]

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What to Expect During an Ayahuasca Retreat

What you can expect during an Ayahuasca retreat depends entirely on which retreat you choose. Some retreats may have several activities to offer. Other retreats are mainly centered on the Ayahuasca experience. At our retreat, we have jungle trails that you can explore and a beautiful fruit garden that you have free access to where […]

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East West Lodge Creates Annual Cash Scholarship Award

East West Lodge, announced today plans for $1,000 total in scholarship awards to be awarded annually to and divided between two full-time university students enrolled in U.S. or Canadian accredited institutions who demonstrate an interest in bringing awareness to Amazonian plant medicine. The winners will be announced on March 1, 2018.  Click here to download the […]

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How Can I Learn About Ayahuasca?

Ayahuasca is big news these days. It is featured in books, magazines, and in medical journal articles. People are flocking to South America to live first-hand the Ayahuasca experience. We’re going to give you some tips for learning more about Ayahuasca. Google Search A simple Google search will bring all kinds of articles to your […]

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Ayahuasca for Beginners: Preparing for an Ayahuasca Journey

If you’re considering a trip to an Ayahuasca retreat, there are many things you can do to prepare. You want to learn as much as you can about Ayahuasca, choose a retreat, plan the logistics of travel, and prepare physically and emotionally. Educate Yourself We encourage travelers to educate themselves, especially on how you can […]

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Can Ayahuasca Relieve Depression?

A preliminary report from a 2015 study completed in Brazil suggests that yes, Ayahuasca does appear to help depression, and especially hard-to-treat depression. This is wonderful news, and those of us who have suspected this for years are celebrating. However, the scientific method requires many rigorous replications of this study and further research covering longer […]

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The Ayahuasca Experience

What is Ayahuasca? Ayahuasca, as you may already know, is a brewed tea made out of at least one dimethyltryptamine (DMT)-containing plant, usually Psychotria viridis (chacuna), and the Banisteriopsis caapi vine. Depending on who is creating the concoction, and that person’s background and training, there may be other plants with other psychoactive ingredients included in […]

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Guide to Ayahuasca Retreats in South America

Long before Western scientists became aware of Ayahuasca in South America in the middle of the nineteenth century, Ayahuasca was already being used by many indigenous groups in the Amazon basin for hundreds if not thousands of years. No one knows how far back the history of Ayahuasca reaches into the jungle. The Amazon basin […]

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Self-Optimization: The Ayahuasca Enlightenment

Most people want clarity in life, but few are willing to take the steps to achieve heightened self-awareness. There are countless people content with the idea of working their 9 to 5 jobs and taking a two-week vacation to the beach once a year to satisfy their leisure needs. But, does that brief getaway provide […]

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Ayahuasca and Your Journey Toward Self Enrichment

The inherent desire to achieve comprehensive fulfillment and serenity is a life-long struggle that often goes unresolved. Across the globe, antidepressant usage rates are skyrocketing in an attempt to ease numerous psychosomatic conditions, including chronic depression, anxiety, or social phobias. Lack of enthusiasm, dwindled assurance, stifled innovation and inward criticism are the most common side […]

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