Ayahuasca is an Amazonian plant mixture that is capable of inducing altered states of consciousness, usually lasting between 4-8 hours after ingestion. Ranging from mildly stimulating to extremely visionary, Ayahuasca is used primarily as a medicine and as a Shamanic means of communication in a ceremonial session under the guidance of an experienced Shaman/guide/drinker.
The main ingredient of this jungle tea is a vine, Banisteriopsis caapi, which like the tea-like brew itself is also called Ayahuasca (meaning ‘vine of the soul’ or ‘vine with a soul’). The secondary ingredient is either Chacruna (Psychotria viridis) or Chagropanga (Diplopterys cabrerana), plants that contain a relatively high amount of the psychedelic substance DMT.
There are many fascinating reports about people who have been healed from comprehensive problems, like addiction or depression, during one or more sessions with Ayahuasca. This can also be achieved using Psilocybin mushrooms, Iboga, San Pedro, Peyote or various breathing/meditation techniques. Make no mistake, this is no party drug and ALWAYS involves heavy psychological (inner) work in conjunction with respect and preferably a sacred ceremony.
Ayahuasca is not a miracle cure in the sense that you drink the brew and all your troubles have vanished within a couple of hours but it is a miracle cure in the sense that it brings unconscious and seemingly other-worldly processes to the surface which enable you to work with it while the effects last.