take with yourself
Here a list of things that we recommend to take along the journey besides basic traveller’s set. Remember that you are going to remote places away from civilization, so try to take only the most necessary things.
1. Copies of passport and insurance.
2. A small amount of cash for souvenir shopping.
3. Clothing for ceremonies.
5. Waterproof plastic raincoat.
6. Rubber boots (you can buy it in Iquitos, the approximate price is 7 USD).
PREPARATION FOR THE CEREMONY: MEDICAL ADVICE AND PRECAUTIONS
It should be understood that Ayahuasca – is not done for entertainment. It is a serious tool to work with body and mind, the history of the use of which has gone beyond tens of centuries. During this time many generations of shamans have developed a set of rules for interaction with Ayahuasca, the importance of which is confirmed by modern researches. In this memo we have collected the most important rules.
Ayahuasca (Banisteriopsis caapi) contains monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) in the form of harmine and harmaline. Due to this fact, there are some limitations in the diet for MAOI inhibits the breaking down of certain substances contained in food, primarily – tyramine. In high concentration- tyramine effects hormonal regulation, which can lead to a hypertensive crisis – a sharp increase in blood pressure and heart rate, severe headache, internal bleeding is possible in some cases, heart attack, an aneurysm and in severe cases – death (although we are not aware of such cases).
It is required to follow a low tyramine diet the 3 days prior to a ceremony. Please read more about low tyramine diet here: http://www.nmh.org/ccurl/504/151/Low-tyramine-diet-08.pdf
The best food that fits the diet requirements is simple vegetarian food – boiled, steamed or raw with a minimum of oil or without it: boiled rice or potatoes, fresh vegetables and fruits, cereals (buckwheat, millet, amaranth, quinoa).
In case of using any medicine that can affect your level of serotonin, we strongly recommend that you consult your doctor, since the combination of these substances with MAOIs can have a negative impact on your health.
Use of non-prescription antibiotics, antidepressants and certain herbal medicines and their derivatives (e.g., those containing ephedrine, high levels of caffeine and other stimulants) should be discontinued one month prior of use of Ayahuasca.
Ayahuasca, as well as the diet, is not always combined with certain medical conditions (eg, ulcer, gastritis, heart disease or mental disorders). Please confirm your decision to participate in a session with your doctor. You must pre-notify the administration of “Kamalampi” about any circumstances of this kind.
A very important part of the traditional approach to the preparation before the ceremony is complete abstinence from sexual activity of any kind, including mental. A minimum term is one week before the ceremony it will enhance your experience if longer. An abstinence for 4-7 days after the ceremony will benefit too.
Avoid all chemicals recreational psychoactive substances, in particular: MDMA (ecstasy, etc), cocaine, amphetamine, methamphetamine and heroin. The use of non-chemical substances recreational nature, such as marijuana, hashish, alcohol, opium, etc. It must also be avoided for not less than 2 weeks before and after the program.
During the preparation period you should also be selective in information entering your mind – it is desirable to reduce the overall emotional levels, do not watch TV, do not read news, and stay in a calm and meditative state of mind, if possible.
Full adherence to these guidelines will not only protect you from possible threats to well-being and health but also will help you to get the most complete experience of ceremonies. Otherwise, you are depriving yourself of the opportunity to explore the deep healing and visionary potential of ayahuasca.