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What Are Holistic Practices?

What Are Holistic Practices?

We are believers in holistic health and holistic medicine. This means treating the whole person with practices that address all the parts of you including physical, emotional, and spiritual.

Holistic practices are all of the different modalities and treatments outside of traditional medicine and surgery. We are not suggesting that one should abandon modern science, but rather to add to what modern science offers.

So, let’s take a look at some different examples of holistic practices.Read More

Ayahuasca: Plant Medicine of the Future

Plant MedicineAyahuasca is a strong plant medicine that has been used by indigenous people in the Amazon basin for hundreds if not thousands of years. It is a brewed drink made of several different plants, namely Banisteriopsis caapi and Psychotria viridis. Banisteriopsis caapi contains a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) and Psychotria viridis contains dimethyltryptamine (DMT) a psychedelic mind-altering drug. The MAOI is required in the brew because otherwise the DMT would be broken down by enzymes in the stomach.

We believe that Ayahuasca can benefit many people, and substantial research is happening right now to study the effects of Ayahuasca, especially related to addiction, depression, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Most people don’t realize that many common everyday drugs are derived from plants and have histories with indigenous populations. We thought it might be instructive to mention a few of these medicines and their origins.

Aspirin

Acetylsalicylic acid, commonly called aspirin, was first marketed by Bayer in 1899 and is on WHO’s list of Essential Medicines. Aspirin is derived from salicylic acid, which comes from the bark and sap of the willow tree, genus, Salix. There is written reference to it going back over 2000 years.

Morphine

Pure and natural morphine was first sold publicly by Merck in 1826. Morphine comes from the opium poppy, Papaver somniferum. Today most opium-derived drugs are produced synthetically, but the use of opium also dates back thousands of years.

Quinine

Quinine is used to treat babesiosis and malaria and comes from the cinchona tree. It was “discovered” in 1826 and is now still used commercially although synthetic versions are available. If you have ever tasted tonic water, then you know what it tastes like. It is also on WHO’s list of Essential Medicines.

Digitalis

Digitalis is a common heart medication that comes from the Foxglove family of flowers recognized by their tall stalks of vertical flower clusters. Digitalis was approved by the FDA for heart failure in 1998.

Colchicine

Colchicine comes from the Autumn crocus, genus Colchicum. It was written about in Greek medicinal documents about 2000 years ago. Now it’s marketed and sold for the treatment of gout, Mediterranean Fever, and other illnesses.

These are just a few of hundreds of examples beyond the scope of this article. We hope and believe that one day, Ayahuasca will be a household word, and people far beyond the Amazon basin will reap its benefits.

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What Is Ayahuasca?

Ayahuasca refers either to the plant Banisteriopsis caapi or a brewed liquid concoction made from this particular plant (or a close substitute) and some other plants. Ayahuasca translates to “vine of the soul.”

Banisteriopsis caapi is a vine native to the Amazon basin. The vine can be grown in USDA garden zone 10 or above.

The other plant most commonly found in the Ayahuasca drink is Psychotria viridis. This plant is a shrub, also native to the Amazon basin, and can also be grown in USDA garden zone 10 or above. Both of these plants can be cultivated easily.

Psychotria viridis contains DMT or dimethyltryptamine, and Banisteriopsis caapi contains some alkaloids that are MAOI or monoamine oxidase inhibitors. Sometimes Psychotria viridis is substituted with Diplopterys cabrerana, another local plant and also very high in DMT.

DMT is a powerful hallucinogenic medicine. If monoamine oxidase inhibitors were not included in the brew, then enzymes in our digestive tract would render the DMT inactive. This is why the Ayahuasca drink is always made from the combination of several plants and why this should only be attempted by an experienced hand. The chemical make-up of every batch of Ayahuasca (drink) can be significantly different from any other batch.

There are rumors that both of these plants have been exported and are growing in the southern United States and Hawaii, although this information has not been confirmed.

Natives of the Amazon basin have been using and drinking Ayahuasca for hundreds if not thousands of years for religious and medical reasons. Ayahuasca has only become known outside of the Amazon since about 1850.

The Amazon basin itself covers roughly 40 percent of South America and much of the north-west central areas including parts of Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia, and Brazil. These are all places where Ayahuasca is an integral part of the indigenous culture.

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Tips for Creating Your Best Possible Life

Tips for Creating Your Best Possible LifeJanuary is the month when many people in the western world make resolutions to make changes and improvements in their lives. Here are some tips to create the best possible life and future for you before January rolls around.

Vision Board

Therapists often recommend creating a “vision board”. This could be a notebook of clippings or a collage of how you want your life to be with pictures or notes of what you want in your future. You don’t have to be Van Gogh to glue some images that you have cut out of magazines onto a poster board.

The idea here is to visualize your success. You need to identify what you want in order to take steps to attain it. A vision board can be a terrific reminder of what you’re striving for in the long term.

Mindset

Part of preparing for success means cultivating a new mindset. You need to be open to success in order to achieve it. You need to banish negative thoughts that you tell yourself like, “you’ll never make it” or “you’re not smart enough” or “you never finish anything.”

No one achieves anything without first believing they can do it. Getting rid of negative thoughts is a learned skill. It means first identifying self-defeating phrases and making a concerted effort to get them out of your head when they appear. Maybe you need to write reminders in a journal to spur positive thinking or tape a reminder to your bathroom mirror that says, “you are worth it” or “you can do it.”

Facing Fears

Part of creating a new mindset is facing your fears. Write them down so you can identify them. Talk to a trusted friend. Only by admitting to fears can you learn new ways of thinking and adapting. You can conquer fear when you face it head on.

Open Up to New Experiences

Everyone can benefit from new experiences, new feelings, or new friends. Open yourself up to a new life with new experiences. Consider visiting us and trying the healing journey of Ayahuasca under the supervision of a trained and experienced shaman, who has your healing as his focus.

We want you to have the best life you can have. We wish you a wonderful holiday season and a new year full of love and success.

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3 Ways to Practice Self-Care in 2018

3 Ways to Practice Self-Care in 2018Self-improvement boils down to slowly developed, small increments – our precious, overlooked hours, and the gradual evolution of self.

1. Express gratitude.

Whether it be an appreciation phone call, surprise flowers or a smile prayer to emit positive energy toward our loved ones, gratitude helps us to see the world differently, and allow ups to open up and become more vulnerable.Read More

Ayahuasca Ceremony Guidelines

Ayahuasca Ceremony - Shaman Every Ayahuasca retreat is different, and Ayahuasca ceremonies will be different depending on the retreat you visit. In addition, even at the same ceremony, each individual experiences something completely different. Here’s a brief outline of what to expect during an East West Lodge ceremony.

Groups

We limit our group size to between six and eight participants. Historically, shamans prescribed Ayahuasca for individuals or very small groups. There can be an advantage to the shared energy of a large group, but we try to honor tradition by limiting group size. We prefer the personalization and intimacy that only a small group can achieve.Read More

Coping with Post-Holiday Blues

Coping with Post Holiday BluesThanksgiving and Christmas are coming up soon. For many people this is the most wonderful time of the year. For others, the holidays are not so much fun, and many people feel a real letdown after the holidays are over. Whether you love the holidays or hate them, we want you to feel the best you can all year round. So, we’re going to give you some hints on coping with post-holiday blues.

  1. Plan Something Fun for January or February

If you often feel the blues after November and December, have something to look forward to in January or February. How about a little vacation or long weekend somewhere fun? How about a class you’ve been wanting to take or a get together with some old friends? Plan for something to look forward to.Read More

Integration: After the Ayahuasca Journey

Integration: After the Ayahuasca JourneyWe believe that Ayahuasca can be life-changing for many individuals. But these changes in one’s attitude, beliefs, or feelings of connectedness is a process. A person does not magically change in a few hours after one experience with Ayahuasca. You may gain insight, but the changes occur slowly and subtly as you integrate your experience into the rest of your life away from the jungle.

This is why we encourage what’s called integration work after your trip here.Read More

Is Ayahuasca Right for Me?

Is Ayahuasca for me?Trying Ayahuasca is a uniquely personal choice. It’s difficult to articulate and it feels different for everyone. We recommend it for most people, and there’s a reason why shamans in the Amazon basin have been using it for centuries.

Good Reasons Not to Try Ayahuasca

  1. Age—Children should not be consuming a potent hallucinogenic brew.
  2. Certain Medical Conditions—Having some medical conditions and taking certain prescription or over-the-counter medicines would preclude you from trying Ayahuasca. We would encourage you to talk to your family doctor and to us to discuss it.
  3. Not Having Confidence in the Retreat or Shaman—You won’t have that problem if you visit us in Iquitos. Our shaman knows what he’s doing and has vast experience. On the other hand, we wouldn’t recommend that you try Ayahuasca if it was offered to you from a stranger on the street.
  4. Trying It Strictly for Amusement or Sport—We view Ayahuasca as a medicine, not a recreational drug. We treat the whole experience with respect, and you should, too.

Good Reasons to Try Ayahuasca

  1. Wanting to Improve Your Life—We believe that Ayahuasca can help the vast majority of people to feel better about themselves and their lives. Ayahuasca is life-changing.
  2. If You’re Suffering from Depression, PTSD, or Addiction—As we’ve mentioned before, there is good science to support the use of Ayahuasca to help treat these problems.
  3. If You Yearn for a Spiritual Awakening—the Ayahuasca experience here with us is definitely a spiritual or religious one led by an authentic shaman. You will interact with the shaman as he guides you on your journey.
  4. If You Desire a Stronger Relationship with Nature—Ayahuasca comes from nature and is viewed by the indigenous population as a gift from the earth mother. Part of the experience is the new connectedness you will feel with the world around you.

Although Ayahuasca is not for everyone, we believe that most people would benefit from it. We urge you to consider coming here to Peru and experiencing it for yourself. You will leave changed for the better.

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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.

The Ayahuasca Diet

Ayahuasca DietAs you begin your Ayahuasca journey, we encourage visitors to follow the Ayayhuasca diet for several weeks before coming and several weeks after the visit. Following the diet permanently is even better.

What is the Ayahuasca Diet?

When we say Ayahuasca Diet, we mean avoiding red meat, fatty and fried foods, and leaning heavily on organic fruits and vegetables, fish and chicken. We recommend no added salt or sugar and avoiding heavily refined foods that have had almost all of the nutrients processed and/or removed.

Why is the Ayahuasca Diet important?

We want you to be in tip top shape when you arrive here. You know how it feels after you’ve had a massive high-calorie holiday meal? Not so great. Your body has to work hard to process all that heavy food.

By eating lighter fare, you give your body a rest and free up your mind to process the events as they unfold. We want you to be kind to your body and allow it to digest the food easily. This diet rests your body and primes your mind.

Furthermore, shamans believe that eating a heavily plant-based diet helps you to connect with Mother Ayahuasca, which is derived from plants.

Tyramine

In addition to what is mentioned above, we recommend avoiding foods containing tyramine as much as possible. Tyramine is naturally found in many foods including red meats, beer, aged cheese, and many fermented foods. Since tyramine is also found in the Ayahuasca brew, it’s important not to have a lot of extra tyramine in your system when you have your Ayahuasca experience. Too much tyramine is toxic and is also a known trigger for migraine headaches.

As much as is possible, we want you to be ready for your Ayahuasca journey and have the best possible experience and outcome. In our experience, following these few, simple guidelines will make for a much more pleasurable trip.

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