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Sacred Plants for Addiction Treatment: Ayahuasca and Ibogaine

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Many holistic healing centres use sacred medicines like ayahuasca, Changa DMT, Psilocybin, Kambo, and Ibogaine in their detox and addiction treatment programmes. They have created the best, safest, and most effective medicinal plant treatment protocols. You can visit ibogaine treatment centres that offer the most perfected plant medicine protocol, and most of them include one on one sessions every day. Some holistic addiction treatment centres do not have any group meetings and work solely on one-on-one sessions so that you have a unique and complete healing journey.

If you visit ibogaine treatment centers, most will have separate, toxic-free zones for Ibogaine and ayahuasca treatments, mostly through IV drips. At the same time, you get deep tissue massage or Reiki, after which you will be sent for HBOT therapy that kills pathogens, and anaerobic bacteria and helps rebuild brain cells by activating stem cell production. Coffee enemas may also accompany this. The best holistic treatment facilities will also offer daily yoga, meditation, and mindfulness sessions, carbon infrared sauna sessions, and cardio at the gym.

Patients suffering from depression, PTSD, and trauma and those who are heavily dependent on alcohol, opioids, and other drugs are first treated to reset their brains to the pre-addict state before the sacred plant medicine protocol starts. This helps the patients get healthy, healed, transformed, and happy without pain, side effects, horrific withdrawals, or cravings. Ayahuasca and ibogaine treatments have shown to be extremely effective when combined with the Pouyan Method and IV drip treatment. These UV drips are infused with powerful proprietary peptides and amino acids. This sacred plant treatment can help you recover quickly by supporting your life’s purpose and calling. These ceremonies should be respected and honoured.


Ayahuasca, also known as Vegetal, Daime, Hoasca, Huni, etc., is a plant-based psychoactive decoction that indigenous Amazonians have used for centuries for spiritual and therapeutic purposes. It is now used by Western scientists and rich urbanites for its medicinal and therapeutic potential like aunty-anxiety, antidepressant, and anti-addiction elements. Some experts are also undertaking trials on ayahuasca for treatment-resistant major depressive disorder as well as addiction. 

Ayahuasca is perceived as both a medicine and a sacred plant. In the indigenous world, it is used to contact the supernatural. Even today, it is used by the rural, poor, and those with limited hospital access. These ceremonies included shamans invoking specific spirits to heal their patients. 

Now, after oral intake, the effects of ayahuasca include pleasant experiences and mood boosts, which indicate that these psychoactive effects could be therapeutic for humans. For therapeutic purposes, ayahuasca is made by mixing leaves of Psychotria viridis, which contains the hallucinogen DMT, Banisteriopsis caapi, a jungle vine that is rich in a group of alkaloids called beta-carbolines. Studies suggest that ayahuasca may have antidepressant, anti-anxiety, and anti-addiction properties due to the alkaloids. Studies have also claimed that the Brazilian ayahuasca religions have recovered from anxiety, depression, and drug dependence. This makes it suitable for treating people with depression, anxiety, mood disorder, drug dependence, and other mental health issues. Its psychoactive power seems to hold therapeutic potential, which is an alternative way to address common disorders by helping us find the sacred within us, something that modern medicine has found difficult to treat. 


Iboga is a potent psychedelic drug obtained from the root bark of the Tabernanthe iboga, an African plant. It is considered a miracle substance because it instantly eliminates cravings and withdrawal symptoms for addicted opioid users. Within 24 hours after ingesting Ibogaine, the alkaloids produced by it lead to significant fading of opioid withdrawal symptoms. It also reduces the self-administration of other potent drugs like meth, cocaine, alcohol, amphetamine, and nicotine. A large number of opioid users have been shown to cease the use of the drug. 

Research is being continued around the world to explore Ibogaine’s potential medical uses, particularly in treating addiction and neuropsychiatric conditions. Some researchers also suggest that ibogaine changes addiction-related or promoting pathways between nerve cells in the brain and also affects the signalling in the brain regions that play a role in the behavioural drug effects of addictive substances. It also activates serotonin receptors, a hormone that improves mood, well-being, and happiness. Moreover, Ibogaine has also been shown to improve symptoms of opioid withdrawal and reduce subsequent drug dependence in people who found other treatment options ineffective. Researchers are trying to modify Ibogaine to make it safer by reducing its ability to cause hallucinations. 


Sacred plants like ayahuasca and Ibogaine make up a large part of holistic addiction treatments, especially in cases where the traditional 12-step programs have failed. Medicinal plants make up an important part of holistic healing programmes.

Adam Mulligan, a psychology graduate from the University of Hertfordshire, has a keen interest in the fields of mental health, wellness, and lifestyle.

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