Benefits of ayahuasca
Recent research shows therapeutic benefits in the consumption of ayahuasca for some cases of depression and to treat degenerative neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, among other benefits.
It is a psychoactive drink that for centuries has been a constituent part of the shamanic systems of the native populations of a good portion of the Amazon basin in countries such as Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.
Here are 3 of the great benefits of ayahuasca:
Promotes brain health
The study entitled “Effects of the Natural β-Carboline Alkaloid Harmine, a Main Constituent of Ayahuasca, in Memory and in the Hippocampus: A Systematic Literature Review of Preclinical Studies” found that the main β-carboline present in ayahuasca, known as “harmine,” generates anti-inflammatory effects, stimulates memory and has neuroprotective effects.
It means it can control the production of antioxidant compounds that protect brain cells while inhibiting neurodegeneration.
The study also yielded evidence on how ayahuasca or yagé can increase levels of the brain-derived neurotrophic factor. So, it increases the chances of survival of neurons while also intervening in the growth of nerve cells.
Generates psychological well-being
Psychological well-being is being well with oneself; taking ayahuasca helps with this goal and increases mindfulness capacity.
The above is also a finding of the study entitled “Four Weekly Ayahuasca Sessions Lead to Increases in “Acceptance” Capacities: A Comparison Study with a Standard 8-Week Mindfulness Training Program”.
So ayahuasca, according to this and other studies, can improve emotional regulation, mindfulness, and mood.
This benefit is undoubtedly an excellent initial step leading to a complete life.
It helps overcome depression and post-traumatic stress disorder
A single intake of ayahuasca can help people suffering from depression, even when it is resistant to treatments.
We must clarify that in no way are we promoting self-medication, nor do we encourage treatments to be replaced by ayahuasca. However, there is scientific evidence of the fast-acting antidepressant effects of yagé.
Remember that in order to enjoy all these benefits it is essential that the taking is done in the middle of a ritual guided by an expert who is responsible for guiding and directing the ceremony to have a safe, transcendental, and unforgettable experience.