Throughout history, indigenous people have known about the great healing power in ancestral medicines. Whether it be for physical, mental or spiritual ailments, Mother Earth provides all the healing we need.
The Ancestral Medicines that we share at our Arkana Ayahuasca Spiritual Retreat Centers include; San Pedro or "Huachuma" (originally from the Andes Mountains of Peru). Kambo, or "Frog Medicine/Venom", a secretion from (Phyllomedusa bicolor—also known as the giant leaf frog). Sapo, or also known as "Bufo" are from the secretions of the Sonoran Desert Toad which contain an extremely potent and powerful medicine known as 5-MeO-DMT. Nunu (Rape') which is composed of tobacco (as its primary ingredient) macambo nut, cacao, as well as barks and leaves of numerous medicinal trees from the Amazon jungle. And of course Ayahuasca, or "Yage" (originally from the Amazon jungle.)
Ayahuasca (Yagé) is a tea-like brew used by shamans in the jungles of Amazon-basin countries. Many visitors to ayahuasca retreats today seek the powerful healing it is known to bring. It can cure chronic depression, drug addiction or alcoholism to physical illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease, psoriasis and even cancer. Clinical researchers are investigating claims, some of which remain anecdotal, but there’s compelling evidence that shamanic healing works and is especially effective for emotional and psychological issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
San Pedro (Huachuma) cactus contains a variety of alkaloids, including the well-known compound, Mescaline. Psychedelic journeys are similar to Peyote however, San Pedro’s effects are much more gentle and grounding. Some drinkers report that their experience with this medicine as like being held in the loving embrace of an ethereal goddess.
Sapo (Bufo) from the Bufo Aavarius toad in the Sonoran desert, has the ingredient (5-MeO-DMT) which is also known as the "God molecule". This short but profoundly healing & intense ceremony offers deeply profound experiences which are said to be comparable to mystical Hindu experiences of Moksha or Buddhist experiences of Samadhi and Nirvana.
Kambo (frog medicine/venom) is the secretion from the bright green giant monkey frog (Phyllomedusa bicolor—also known as the giant leaf frog) that lives in the north-west area of the Amazon rain forest. Indigenous tribes have used it as a prophylactic against malaria, and also to boost strength and stamina. The frogs are not injured from the collection of their secretions, which are obtained via scraping onto wooden “Kambo sticks”.
Nunu (Rape') is something we are also offering at our centre in the beginning of your Ayahuasca Retreat, and before each ceremony. Nunu is also known as the “Dust of The Elders”. This medicine is native to the Matses tribe and has been used by their people for thousands of years. Its primary ingredient tobacco, which is mixed with macambo nut, cacao, and the barks and leaves of medicinal trees from the Amazon jungle.
Also included in with your retreat, are personal plant Dieta's that our shaman may prescribe for your particular aliment(s) when you are at our center and speak with them. As there are many plants in the Amazon which can heal, and may be better for you.
* PLEASE NOTE THESE EXCEPTIONS:
Guests who are staying more than 1 week at the jungle, might open up to a diet (the shaman offers this in almost 100% of the cases, and it is not offered to the ones staying only 1 week). These guests who will be on a diet, will NOT be taking the second or third Kambo OR Nunu OR Sonoran Desert Toad ceremonies. As they cannot take any other plants/medicines besides Ayahuasca.
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