A researcher and university instructor in ethnobotany says that ayahuasca is helping contribute to modern medicine, and that experts in mainstream science are looking more closely at how this ancient rainforest concoction can help reduce many different forms of suffering. Chris Kilham recently wrote at length on ayahuasca in an article published by Fox News. Here are some highlights…

In the great Amazon rainforest, native people have long used a large array of psychoactive medicinal agents, from frog secretions to potent snuffs, to various items that can be smoked, applied to skin, or otherwise ingested.

Among these agents, the best-known of all is ayahuasca, a fluid potion. Also known as “La Medicina” (The Medicine), ayahuasca is a combinatory preparation, made from the pounded vines of Banisteropsis caapi, and the leaves of Psyhcotria viridis. Large quantities of both are placed into a pot with a large amount of water, and the entire potion is boiled down, until the remaining fluid is thick, bitter, a bit oily, and sadly quite nasty to the taste.

In recent years ayahuasca, which has been prepared by native people for well over 1,000 years, has become vastly popular. Today, two large Brazilian churches utilize ayahuasca as a sacrament. Both churches, Santo Daime and Uniao de Vegetal, boast millions of followers, and on weekends both churches hold ceremonies all over the world. Both churches have become well known for helping people to overcome potentially deadly addictions to cigarettes, alcohol, cocaine, and other dangerous drugs, reputedly with very good success. Additionally, many tens of thousands of pilgrims every year are venturing to Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Brazil to sit with shamans in dark huts and drink the fabled ayahuasca brew at night, for the purposes of both healing and spiritual discovery.

In my own observations of people who have participated in ayahuasca ceremonies over the past eight years, I have seen people resolve grief over the death of a loved one, become free of long-standing antidepressant drug addiction, the total clearing up of psoriasis, relief from psychological disturbances resulting from traumas and abuse, and improvement in cases of stomach disorders, sleep problems, headaches, and more. Thus there is a great deal to investigate with this Amazonian brew.

For sure, ayahuasca is not for everyone. Extremely potent and vision-promoting, the brew is a powerful psychedelic, and must be treated with great respect and administered by someone who is trained to do so. Still, the medicine holds enormous promise for helping with health problems that do not respond well to conventional drugs and therapies.

Today, a potion that was once consumed solely by tribal people in the Amazon rainforest is now more widely available, and many non-natives are making the journey to South America to experience the potential healing benefits of the brew. It already appears that ayahuasca is making a significant contribution to the field of healing and pharmacology. With researchers and medical experts worldwide now turning their attention to this rainforest prescription, we are likely to discover a great many ways that this strange potion can help to relieve suffering in many forms.

You can read the complete article online at http://www.foxnews.com/health/2015/02/18/psychoactive-amazonian-medicine-gaining-popularity-may-treat-health-disorders