Preparing yourself for ayahuasca is essential. Recent scientific discoveries have shown that certain foods are contra-indicated for the type of spiritual practice that we will be engaged in. These foods increase the probability of purging, nausea, headache or increased heart rate. We recommend that you avoid these foods for 3-7 days prior to drinking ayahuasca.
You can read about the MAPS research into diet here.
All narcotics, barbiturates, antihistamines or analgesics, ephedrine (in some herbal stimulants and cold remedies and often times included in Chinese herbal remedies), and alcohol must be free from your system prior to drinking ayahuasca. Any prescription or other drug use must be discussed with the Spirit Vine facilitator prior to sessions.
Free Your Mind and Soul for your Iowaska Experience
We suggest abstinence from reading newspapers, watching TV, etc. the day of the ceremony and as many days before as you can. This will help to purge your mind of unwanted thoughts and influences.
Meditation is an ideal practice to prepare your mind, body, and spirit for the retreat.
Ayahuasca and Sex
It is required to abstain from sex before, during and after the retreat. Sexual orgasm is an intense energetic shift in the body’s energy field. It has been said by some shamans that it can create leaks or allow in other energies. Shamans explain that during the ayahuasca tea ceremony, the spirit healers also called Doctorcitos, come down to perform spiritual surgeries on participants. Preserving your energy field from others through sexual abstinence will enhance your focus in your own process and intentions.
There are many schools of thought on this and we recommend at least three days abstinence before and after an ayahuasca ceremony.
These guidelines can assist you in having a safe and productive ayahuasca experience.