A diet in the context of amazon shamanism science means a set of specific rules concerning lifestyle and diet including being around nature during the whole period of dieting and absolute refrain from:
any animal products except bocachico – an algae-eating fish;
salt, sugar, oil, any chemical additives or any food that may contain any of the above;
any drugs, stimulants and mind-altering substances, including pepper and all kinds of tea and coffee;
use of inorganic hygiene products including toothpaste and shower gels;
sexual activity including masturbation;
any communication including eye contact with anyone who may be within sight except the healer (curandero);
any negative or mind-altering information coming from outside including books, music, etc.;
excessive physical activity and heavy exercise.
DURATION OF THE DIET
Curandero (the healer) sets the duration of the diet depending on the purpose.Typically, it is ￼health treatment, obtaining certain personal qualities and protection. To do this, at a certain moment of diet, usually in the beginning, a dieting person takes infusion of roots, leaves, stem or flowers from one of hundreds of selva plant types chosen by curandero. The purpose of diet is to get to know the nature of the plant spirit which is achieved by means of compliance with the rules above. Basically, by dieting a person invites the spirit of plants to live in his/her body and must show respect to it. Otherwise, the diet may have a negative impact on health and life itself. There are tens of jungle plants in the body of experienced shaman who is called palero (spanish palo-tree).