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Ayahuasca es considerada como ” Abuela de las plantas. Es una medicina que le ayuda a encontrar el origen del karma negativo y enseña cómo transformarlo en positivo.

Esta medicina ancestral es utilizada por los chamanes para curar una variedad de enfermedades psicológicas y espirituales. También se utiliza para iniciar a la gente, en su proceso de desarrollo personal y enseña el camino para curarse de las dolencias físicas.

El nombre ” Ayahuasca ” viene del quechua (lengua inca), que significa ” soga de la Muerte ” ( Aya = Muerte y Huasca = soga ) . Este nombre no supone una muerte física, sino más bien una oportunidad de renacimiento psicológico y espiritual.

Ayahuasca Plant DMT
Ayahuasca – Banisteriopsis caapi
chacruna plant
Chacruna – Psychotria viridis
ayahuasca preparation
Ayahuasca heart

La preparación de la Ayahuasca se lleva a cabo por chamanes; se hierve durante varias horas con otra planta llamada Chacruna (Psychotria viridis) que le da el efecto psicoactivo. Este proceso es acompañado por cantos chamánicos o ” Iqaros ” (oraciones o mantras propios de la cultura amazónica Shipibo).
Ayahuasca es conocida por muchos nombres a lo largo de la cuenca del Amazonas. En el idioma shipibo que se conoce como ” nishi rao “, que significa ” soga medicinal”. En Ecuador se le llama ” natema “, en Brasil “, ” jurema “,” cha “, o” Daime “, y en Colombia es ” Yagüe”. El nombre latino o científico de Ayahuasca es Banisteriopsis caapi “.

Los efectos de la ayahuasca son muy fuertes. Esta provoca vómitos y efectos psicoactivos de hasta cuatro horas. Por tanto, es importante tomarlo con un chamán que pueda orientar y garantizar la seguridad durante la experiencia.

cutting the ayahuasca to be boiled
Peeling Ayahuasca
chopped ayahuasca
Chacruna – Psychotria viridis
chacruna leaves
Chacruna Leaves
Chacruna and Ayahuasca neccesaries to heling poisson
Chacruna and Ayahuasca
ayahuasca prepartion
Preparing to cook the medicine
cooking ayahuasca naturally
Cooking the medicine

Botanical, Chemical and Pharmacological Aspects of Ayahuasca

Ayahuasca is unique in that its pharmacological activity is dependent on a synergistic interaction between the active alkaloids in the plants. One of the components, the bark of Banisteriopsis caapi, contains ß-carboline alkaloids, which are potent MAO-An inhibitors; the other component, the leaves of Psychotria viridis or related species, contains the potent short-acting psychoactive agent N, N- dimethyltryptamine (DMT). DMT is not orally active when ingested by itself, but can be rendered orally active in the presence of a peripheral MAO inhibitor – and this interaction is the basis of the psychotropic action of ayahuasca.


The Brain Science of Ayahuasca Experiences

Most people report revisiting the most significant events of their lives, like sequences in a chaotic film. The drinker [ayahuasca is a tea] is vaulted from one subconscious vision to the next, and as buried memories rise to the surface, it often leads to acute emotional catharsis.

Dr. Riba and his team have found that ayahuasca hyper-activates the highly evolved neo-cortex, the area of the brain that makes us human. This is where we perceive, reason and make decisions.

the amygdala
Neo cortex:what makes us human

“Ayahuasca also activates regions like the amygdala, which acts as a storehouse for early emotional memories, specifically the most traumatic or significant ones, like the loss of a parent.

“Finally, ayahuasca activates the insula [also known as the insular cortex], which is believed to create a bridge between our emotional impulses and our decision-making capacities.

“According to many neuroscientists, our decision-making process has a powerful emotional component. When any stimulus enters the brain, the brain tries to understand it based on previous experience.

Neo cortex:The amygdala

“In early life, powerful or traumatic events, create an imprint on the brain, a pattern. This pattern is like a shortcut, activated every time we face a similar situation. For example, if we were once attacked by a dog, our brain might harbour a set of pathways that associate that dog with all dogs, making us fear them in general. We might even react adversely to a distant bark. Repeated events cause these neural patterns to reinforce their connections, binding them with protein, and building them up like scar tissue.”

The insula

“If this is how these traumas are rooted in our brains, how does ayahuasca affect those ingrained patterns? Ayahuasca hyper-activates the entire brain region where we store and process emotional memory, often uncovering long forgotten memories. This hyper-activation enables the conscious part of the new brain to temporarily override previously entrenched patterns, allowing new connections to be made. Dogs, for example, may no longer be feared as these new connections are created and memories, reevaluated. In field studies, ayahuasca users typically describe having new perspectives on past experiences, and deeply rooted patterns of behaviour.”

Synapse making a repeated connection
Synapsemaking a repeated connection
Synapse making a repeated connection
Synapsemaking a new connection

SOURCE : beamsandstruts

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