Whenever you read about ayahuasca you usually see words such as ‘life-changing’, ‘transformative’, ‘healing’ and ‘enlightening’. However, these terms are pretty vague in their meaning.
So what are the effects of ayahuasca on people? What are the real benefits that people often experience after drinking? What are the health benefits of ayahuasca? How about therapeutic use of ayahausca? What are the mental health benefits?
These answers variy from person to person. It’s impossible to predict what any one person will have happen during their ayahuasca experience. However, I’ve facilitated hundreds of people on ayahuasca retreats since 2012, and based on all the many comments and testimonies I’ve heard, I want to outline some of the most common benefits that I’ve heard people report over the years. You can find other articles on our sites describing ayahuasca effects and potential benefits of this amazing medicinal plant.
1) Deep Cleansing and Purification
Most people who take part in several Ayahuasca ceremonies will experience some heavy purging. You could say an ayahuasca purge is a bit like a car service for a human being. An ayahuasca purge usually involves a lot of vomiting (and sometimes a lot of shitting) but you’re not just ejecting physical stuff. Other forms of purging can include crying, laughing, shaking, coughing and sweating. The ayahuasca purge clears you of all the toxic energy and emotions that have clogged up your whole being over a lifetime, often with you unawares. For some people this can be one of the strongest emotional processes they experience often helping with some mental health issues. Many report taking ayahuasca as a psychological and spiritual process helping to resolve a range of health issues.
I know the idea of purging sounds a little gross, and it’s true that purging is never fun or pleasant; however, it’s ALWAYS extremely worth it. Often after purging you feel like you’ve been given a brand new body and you feel a profound sense of well being that often lasts for many weeks, months or even years afterward.
Just like your car feels like new after a good service, your whole being can feel new after a good ayahuasca purge!
2) Physical, Mental & Emotional Healing
Unlike with most plant psychedelic medicines, the chemistry of ayahuasca has no known healing properties (though scientific benefits are being researched and some scientific evidence is becoming available); however, there are countless numbers of people who have experienced incredible ayahuasca healings after drinking the ayahuasca tea. These healings broadly fit into different categories – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing, although they are all usually interconnected in some way.
People have successfully used ayahuasca to cure all kinds of physical ailments including chronic and terminal illness such as tumors and cancer. There is not much in the way of hard scientific data to verify this claim, but if you speak to absolutely anyone who has significant experiences with ayahuasca, they will most likely tell you that they’ve personally witnessed a high number of incredible healings take place.
Ayahuasca is even more effective at healing mental and emotional issues. Most people have experienced some form of trauma in their lives such as physical, emotional or sexual abuse, or the loss of a loved one, and ayahuasca is often incredibly effective at helping them get over whatever issues that still remain.
It’s not uncommon to hear people claim that just one ayahuasca ceremony was far more effective and beneficial to them than 10 years of psychotherapy!