Drinking the Ayahuasca brew is said to have many (potential) health benefits on the physical, psychological, mental, and spiritual level.
Nonetheless, many things about the workings of Ayahuasca are still not clear, and there’s a lot of ongoing scientific research about the beneficial effects of Ayahuasca as medicine.
Apart from the scientific viewpoint, mind that there’s also quite a lot of “evidence” going around based on individual experiences and/or observations, the so-called anecdotal evidence. In fact, many of those who have drunk Ayahuasca asserted that it prompted positive, long-term, life-changing effects.
In any case, we’ll give you a range of findings about the supposed benefits of taking Ayahuasca. For instance, it’s thought that the brew may be beneficial in the treatment of addictions, depression (Ayahuasca raises the amount of serotonin in the brain, which is how most typical antidepressants work), burn-out, grief, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), emotional trauma, anxiety, panic attacks, fears, low self-esteem, hopelessness, mood disorders, listlessness, inflammations, infections, and eating disorders, while also protecting brain cells, stimulating new brain cell growth, and boosting creativity.
Additionally, it’s thought that Ayahuasca is a so-called Master Teacher Plant, one that invokes an inner journey and is able to “reveal” or clarify certain things about the user who drinks Ayahuasca, their relationships, the world, and about nature.
As such, the plant can show people what is needed to heal, and help them to break through inner blockages, problems, and dysfunctional behavior, find more meaning on one’s life path, become more mindful and aware, understand one’s subconscious patterns and desires, and gain clarity, focus, and inspiration in life to achieve increased psychological wellness and spiritual growth.
However, the efficacy and effects of Ayahuasca depend on quite a lot of factors. For example, there are not only different strains of the Ayahuasca Banisteriopsis caapi vine, but also the type of DMT-plant, the dose of the brew, the added ingredients (which depends on a Shaman’s tradition, for instance), the intention and mindset of the user, the setting and environment in which Ayahuasca is taken, and the personal physical, mental and spiritual condition of the user or patient will define what the exact result of drinking Ayahuasca will be.
Moreover, it’s generally known that each Ayahuasca ceremony or session brings different effects, even for the same person who takes the same recipe and dose, for instance on the next day in the same environment.
In fact, it’s thought that there’s some sort of “progress” in the working of Ayahuasca for a person, which is explained by the idea that one has already purified or cleared certain aspects on the physical or mental level in previous sessions, or because Ayahuasca subsequently reveals other aspects of one’s being, and so on.