PREPARATION AND GUIDELINES

Before you participate in this or any other ceremony about medicinal plants we suggest you look for the approval of a doctor.

Ambi Wasi suggests you follow this preparation diet 2 weeks before your arrival.

RECOMMENDED DIET PREVIOUSLY THE RETREAT

  • Basically avoid processed foods, garlic, onions, heavy meats, grease and fast food.
  •  Avoid all coercive substances such as marijuana and alcohol, for at least 10 days prior to your arrival at Ambi Wasi. In order to improve your experience with the sacred plant.
  • The sexual energy is consider a powerful medicine, for this reason the taitas, healers and grandparents recommended avoid sex at least one week before the yagé ceremonies.
  •  Don’t consume caffeine a week before the yagé ceremonies.
  •  Don’t use other medicinal or sacred plants a week before, during your stay and a week after because the combination of them can interfere with your healing process.
  • Feed yourself with a low diet in salt and sodium. Although it is not pharmacologically contraindicated, salt and sodium are traditionally avoided entirely for 10 days before and for a week after. Salt or sodium-laden foods can interfere with “pinta” (vision) during yagé ceremonies.
  • It is recommended to eat fresh food and not mature, conserved, smoked, salted or spoiled in any way.
  • To help you comfort during the ceremony cycles, the sautéed, steamed or raw vegetables work better for maintaining an alkaline body maximizing the cleaning and detoxification. Millet, brown rice, quinoa, and other whole grains, especially sprouted grains, are beneficial.
  • If you digest properly raw food, eat: salads, fruits, vegetables and juices.
  • If you digest properly eggs, chicken, fish and others withe meats, eat in small quantities, this allows you been stronger while you clean up other areas of your diet.
  • The fresh dairy products, like tender cheese, yogurt and curd, made locally, are good. Remember, the aging process of any food is where the contraindicated substance originates.
  • If you consume Kombucha, make sure it doesn’t contain tyramine amino acid tyramine.

RECOMMENDED DIET PREVIOUSLY THE RETREAT

  • Basically avoid processed foods, garlic, onions, heavy meats, grease and fast food.
  •  Avoid all coercive substances such as marijuana and alcohol, for at least 10 days prior to your arrival at Ambi Wasi. At least one week, in order to improve your experience with the sacred plant.
  • The sexual energy is consider a powerful medicine, for this reason the taitas, healers and grandparents recommended avoid sex at least one week before the yagé ceremonies.
  •  Don’t consume caffeine a week before the yagé ceremonies.
  •  Don’t use other medicinal or sacred plants a week before, during your stay and a week after because the combination of them can interfere with your healing process.
  • Feed yourself with a low diet in salt and sodium. Although it is not pharmacologically contraindicated, salt and sodium are traditionally avoided entirely for 10 days before and for a week after. Salt or sodium-laden foods can interfere with “pinta” (vision) during yagé ceremonies.
  • It is recommended to eat fresh food and not mature, conserved, smoked, salted or spoiled in any way.
  • To help you comfort during the ceremony cycles, the sautéed, steamed or raw vegetables work better for maintaining an alkaline body maximizing the cleaning and detoxification. Millet, brown rice, quinoa, and other whole grains, especially sprouted grains, are beneficial.
  • If you digest properly raw food, eat: salads, fruits, vegetables and juices.
  • If you digest properly eggs, chicken, fish and others withe meats, eat in small quantities, this allows you been stronger while you clean up other areas of your diet.
  • The fresh dairy products, like tender cheese, yogurt and curd, made locally, are good. Remember, the aging process of any food is where the contraindicated substance originates.
  • If you consume Kombucha, make sure it doesn’t contain tyramine amino acid tyramine.
 

REQUIREMENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE YAGÉ (AYAHUASCA) CEREMONIES

  • Ambi Wasi ceremonial centers base their retreats, treatments and ceremonies on ancestral knowledge for this reason is very important for pregnant women not to participate in yagé ceremony because pregnancy is a divine moment of creation that must have its own time and space.
  • Ambi Wasi based on ancestral knowledge recommended the women on the moon or menstruation period not participate in yagé ceremonies. The moon (menstruation) is a sacred natural ceremony. If you are in the moon (menstruation) during the retreat, Ambi Wasi will give you a different ceremony with a different power plant, if you have any question, please contact us.
  • It is necessary that in a confidential way you let us know any medical condition that you know you have and any medicine you take at the moment you make the reservation.
  • People with tuberculosis should not take ayahuasca.
  • People with hepatic conditions should consult with our head healer first.

If you are in any kind of psycho-pharmaceutical or depression treatment, it’s necessary to tell us at the moment of the reservation.

IMPORTANT MEDICAL PRECAUTIONS

It is completely necessary that you tell us in a confidential way any medical condition that you know you have and any medicine you take at the moment you make the reservation. At the moment to attend this retreat are you declaring that you are in an appropriate physical and mental condition to do all the activities described previously. You are accepting participation under your own risk and we won’t take responsibility over any accident or injury. You should take doctor advice regarding the preparative, including vaccinations, which you need to travel to Colombia like yellow fever. We need you to take this advice on these conditions to guarantee your own safety and the wellness of the group.

If you have any hepatic, cardiac, kidney problem or other illness, you have to inform us at the first opportunity and talk about it with a doctor, that have knowledge of the effects of ayahuasca to let you know  what problems can provoke  the  effects of ayahuasca in your treatment and health.

Our priority is your safety and wellness whereby at the yagé ceremonies we will give you the most safety environment and we guarantee your wellness. In exchange we ask you to be responsible and don´t put yourself or any other in danger, please give all the information of your medical conditions.

IMPORTANT MEDICAL PRECAUTIONS

  • It is completely necessary that you tell us in a confidential way any medical condition that you know you have and any medicine you take at the moment you make the reservation. At the moment to attend this retreat are you declaring that you are in an appropriate physical and mental condition to do all the activities described previously. You are accepting participation under your own risk and we won’t take responsibility over any accident or injury. You should take doctor advice regarding the preparative, including vaccinations, which you need to travel to Colombia like yellow fever. We need you to take this advice on these conditions to guarantee your own safety and the wellness of the group.

    If you have any hepatic, cardiac, kidney problem or other illness, you have to inform us at the first opportunity and talk about it with a doctor, that have knowledge of the effects of ayahuasca to let you know  what problems can provoke  the  effects of ayahuasca in your treatment and health.

    Our priority is your safety and wellness whereby at the yagé ceremonies we will give you the most safety environment and we guarantee your wellness. In exchange we ask you to be responsible and don´t put yourself or any other in danger, please give all the information of your medical conditions.

THESE DRUGS AND MEDICINES ARE POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS WITH THE MAOIS

Other MAOIs – SSRIs (any selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) – Antihypertensive (medicine for high blood pressure) – Appetite suppressants (diet pills) – Medicines for asthma, bronchitis or other respiratory problems; antihistamines, medications for colds, sinus problems, hay fever, or allergies (Actifed DM, Benadryl, Benylin, Chlor-Trimeton, Compoz, a These include Bromarest-DM or -DX, Dimetane-DX cough syrup, Dristan Cold & Flu, Phenergan with Dextromethorphan, Robitussin-DM, Vicks Formula 44-D, various Tylenol preparations for cold, cough and flu, and many others (any medication with DM or Tuss in their name). Central nervous system depressants (CNS) Antipsychotics Barbiturates Alcohol.

ILLEGAL OR RECREATIONAL DRUGS THAT ARE VERY DANGEROUS TO COMBINE WITH MAOIs

  • Cocaine- Amphetamines (met-, dex-, amphetamine), MDMA (ecstasy), MDA, MDEA, PMA – Dextromethorphan (DXM)
  • Opioids – Mescaline (any phenethylamine) – Barbiturates
  • Other psychoactive substances that should not be combined with MAOIs: – Kratom – Kava
 

SOME SPECIFIC PHARMACEUTICAL DRUGS THAT SHOULD NOT BE COMBINED WITH MAOIS

Actifed- Adderall- Alaproclate- Albuterol (Proventil, Ventolin) – Amantadine Hydrochloride (Symmetrel) – Amineptine- Amitriptyline- Amoxapine (Asendin) – Atomoxetine- Parts of the parts of the parts of the parts of the nature: (Wellbutrin ) – Buspirone (BuSpar) – Butriptyline- Carbamazepine (Tegretol, Epitol) – Chlorpheniramine- Chlor-Trimeton- Cimoxetone- Citalopram- Clomizbration of the people from whom it is inspired or inspired. , Norpramin) – Desvenlafaxine- Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) – Dextromethorphan (DXM) – Dibenzepin- Dienolide kavapyrone desmethoxypensationperthonspiration (Disopyramide) (Disopyramide) Ephedrine – Epinephrine (Adrenaline) – Phenoxymorine – Phenoxymorine – Phenoxymondin – Smoxymoxy (Prozac) – Fluvoxamine – Furazolidone (Furoxone) – Guanethidine- Guanadrel (Hylorel) – Guanethidine (Ismelin) – Hydralazine (Apresoline) – 5-Hydroxytryptophan- Imipramine (Tofranil) – Iprindole- Iproniazid Ca, United States) Iproniazid Ca , Rep. Piece (p.). Laniazid, Nydrazid) – Isoniazid rifampin (Rifamate, Rimactane) – Isoproterenol (Isuprel) – L-dopa (Sinemet) – Levodopa (Dopar, Larodopa) – Linezolid (Zyvox, Neo-Synephrine) – Phenylpropanolamine (in many areas) Handkerchiefs – Procarbazine (Matulane) – Procainamide (Pronestyl) – Protriptyline (Vivactil) – Pseudoephedrine – Oxymetazoline (Afrin) – Quinidine (Quinidex) – Latest surcharges in nature’s play areas (Azilect) – Reboxetine – Reserpine (Serpasil) – Sertraline (Zoloft) – Sibutramine – Sumatriptan (Imitrex) – Terfenadine (Seldane-D) – Tegretol- Temaril- Tesofensine- Theophylline (Theo-Dur) in a variety of germs in which is inspired or found in a workplace. , Elavil) – Trimipramine (Surmontil) – Triptans- Vanoxerine- Venlafaxine (Effexor) – Viloxazine- Yohimbine- Zimelidine- Ziprasidone (Geodon)

BEST TO ALSO AVOID THE FOLLOWING HERBS: ALSO AVOID THE FOLLOWING HERBS

St. John’s Wort, Kava, Kratom, Ephedra, Ginseng, Yohimbe, Sinicuichi, Rhodiola, Rosea, Kanna, Boswellia, Nutmeg, Broom, Licorice Root, Ginseng, Yohimbe, Sinicuichi.

The use of stimulants with MAOIs is particularly dangerous and can be potentially fatal. Using cocaine, amphetamines, or MDMA (ecstasy) with MAOIs can cause a severe rise in blood pressure, increasing the chances of stroke and brain hemorrhage and making it possible to overdose on a relatively small amount of cocaine. (A mortality related to the combination of Peganum harmala and cocaine has been recorded. Deaths caused by the combination of amphetamines with pharmaceutical MAOIs are recorded in the medical literature). The use of other serotonin agonists or precursors with an MAOI can cause serotonin syndrome. The main symptom of serotonin symptoms can be a severe and prolonged headache (the same symptom as the interaction of tryptamine with MAOIs) and / or fever (up to 40 ° C / 104 ° F or more). Other symptoms of serotonin syndrome can include rapid symptoms. Heartbeat, tremors, sweating, dilated pupils, intermittent tremor or spasms, overactive or over responsive reflexes, overactive bowel sounds, high blood pressure. Severe serotonin syndrome can cause shock, agitated delirium, muscle stiffness, and elevated muscle tension. Kidney failure, seizures, and can be life threatening. Using tricyclic antidepressants within two weeks after taking MAOIs can cause serious side effects  like fever, extremely high blood pressure, seizures, and death.

Using fluoxetine (Prozac) within five weeks of taking MAOIs can cause high fever, stiffness, high blood pressure, mental changes, confusion, and hypomania.

Using Benzedrine, Benzphetamine, Desipramine, Desoxyn, Dexedrine, Dopamine, Ephedrine (contained in Marax, Quadrinal, and other asthma medications), Epinephrine, Guanadrel, Guanethidine, Hydralazine, Hydralazine, Parazina, Mexico Phendimentermine, Phendimetrazine, Phentermine, Phendimetrazine, Pseudoephedrine, Ritalin, or Venlafaxine with MAOIs can cause a hypertensive crisis (several increase in blood pressure).

Adderall with MAOIs can lead to high body temperature, seizures, and in some cases, coma.

Using Bupropion (Wellbutrin) within two weeks of taking MAOIs can cause serious side effects, such as seizures.

Using buspirone (Buspar) with MAOIs can cause high blood pressure and increased sedative effects.

The use of carbamazepine (Tegretol) with MAOIs can cause fever and can increase seizures, especially in epileptics.

The use of clomipramine with MAOIs can cause high fever (hyperpyrexic crisis) and seizures.

The use of CNS depressants with MAOIs may increase the depressant effects.

The use of desipramine (Norpramin, Pertofrane) with MAOIs can cause a hypertensive crisis. The use of Dextromethorphan with MAOIs can cause excitement, high blood pressure and fever, or episodes of psychosis.

The use of fenfluramine with MAOIs can cause fever (hyperpyrexic crisis). The use of Kava with MAOIs can cause a hypotensive crisis (severe drop in blood pressure). Using lithium with MAOIs can cause fever and serotonin syndrome.

The use of meperidine (Demerol) with pharmaceutical MAOIs has resulted in deaths with a single dose.

The use of metaproterenol or other beta-adrenergic bronchodilators with MAOIs can cause an increase in blood pressure and a fast heart rate. The use of mirtazapine (Remeron) with MAOIs can cause a hypertensive crisis.

The use of Nefazodone (Serzona) can cause a high fever.

The use of Temaril with MAOIs may increase the possibility of side effects.

The use of Terfenadine with MAOIs can cause an increase in the blood levels of MAOIs.

Using theophylline with MAOIs can cause a fast heartbeat and anxiety. Using trazodone (Desyrel) with MAOIs may cause a high fever.

The use of tryptophan or L-tryptophan with MAOIs can cause disorientation, confusion, amnesia, agitation of delirium, memory impairment, hypomanic signs, chills.

The use of venlafaxine (Effexor) with MAOIs can cause a hypertensive crisis.

Using Ziprasidone (Geodon) with MAOIs can cause serotonin syndrome. Using alcohol with MAOIs can cause side effects such as angina (chest pain) or headaches.

The headache can be masked or confused with a hypertensive crisis caused by the interaction of MAOI. MAOIs can also increase the sedative effect of alcohol.

The use of opioids with MAOIs carries a risk of respiratory depression.

The use of diuretics with MAOIs can cause a greater drop in blood pressure than normal and increase the levels of MAOIs in the blood.

The use of anesthetics with MAOIs can enhance the anesthetic effect.

The use of sleeping pills, tranquilizers (major or minor) or barbiturates with MAOIs can increase the sedative effect. Special note for diabetics: MAOIs can change the amount of insulin or oral antidiabetic medications you need.

MEDICINES

Pharmaceuticals to avoid include some over-the-counter medications, such as antihistamines, decongestants, and cough medications, but more dangerous are antidepressants (including over-the-counter medications like St. John’s wort). If you are taking prescription drugs (including antibiotics), are subject to high blood pressure or if you  have a heart problem or  you are under treatment for a health problem, ask your doctor about the use of temporary monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). Medical consultation is especially important if you are taking Prozac, Paxil, Wellbutrin, Effexor, Zoloft or other antidepressants that affect serotonin levels, that is selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). These medications can require a period of up to six weeks to completely clear the system and should be gradually reduced. DO NOT stop taking any medicine abruptly without the supervision of a professional doctor. 

**** Please note that MAOI and therefore the vine itself is not illegal; therefore, you should be able to speak to a professional about the contraindications of Caapi containing MAOI without fear… just don’t mention the “A” word. ***

Some medications can clear the system in a shorter period of time. But they still require a longer abstention than food. For example, avoid antidepressants for five weeks (35 days) with SSRIs other than fluoxetine (Prozac), 8 weeks (56 days) with the latter. Caapi itself is an effective antidepressant.

Medicine plantas lower your blood pressure to do its repair and rebuilding work; so please notify your host or guest ONE MONTH BEFORE THE CEREMONY if you are taking blood pressure medication.

There was a report several years ago of a death related to a steroid drug interaction, so notify your host if you have been using steroids within the month after withdrawal. This was not related to any of our group’s activities. We select our participants for these contraindications.

LIST OF CONTRAINDICATED MEDICATIONS AND SUBSTANCES:

* Other MAOIs

* SSRI (any selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor)

* Amphetamines (met-, dex-, amphetamine)

* Antihypertensive (medicine for high blood pressure)

* Appetite suppressants (diet pills)

* Medicine for asthma, bronchitis or other respiratory problems

* Antihistamines, medications for colds, sinus problems, hay fever or allergies (Actifed DM, Benadryl, Benylin, Chlor-Trimeton, Compoz, etc.)

* Central nervous system (CNS) depressants.

* Antipsychotics

* Alcohol and marijuana

Although antibiotics are considered safe in terms of drug interactions, keep in mind that a new antibiotic is being prescribed that is actually an MAOI: Linezolid is a reversible antibiotic based on a monoamine oxidase inhibitor that was developed as an antidepressant but was marketed as an antibiotic after it was found effective against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and other infections. Like other monoamine oxidase inhibitors, linezolid can interact with pressurizing or serotonergic agents to cause serotonin syndrome or, more rarely, hypertensive crises. All available antidepressants interact with monoamine oxidase inhibitors.