Ayahuasca ceremonies form the foundation of an ancient medical tradition, one that is still currently employed and developed in the Amazon region, especially Peru. ‘Ayahuasca’ is the most common name for a medicinal plant beverage used by indigenous tribes. Although the botanical, chemical, and pharmacological aspects of the plant have been studied and the results have been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, little to no research has been done on the healing tradition within which the medicine is employed. This profound tradition is called curanderismo, and ayahuasca is a mere part of it.
The Riosbo Ayahuasca Research Center seeks to better understand the ideology and methodology of this indigenous healing tradition so that new models can be developed that integrate ancient traditional principles into modern medical practices to enhance the healing benefit of any and all treatment. The Center is currently attempting to complete its funding for this project via the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. Within the tradition of curanderismo, ayahuasca is taken in healing ceremonies, where shamans sing particular songs, called icaros, to communicate with the spirits of plants and animals. It is believed that the ayahuasca ceremonies enable people to have out of body experiences, to see inside the physical body to diagnose conditions, to relive past events and release emotional traumas, to find solutions or cures for afflictions using various plant treatments, and to better understand one’s life, path, and existence. There is clearly potential for great benefits to be unlocked from the wider study of the practices associated with this tradition. Perhaps this project will help to merge together two medical worlds and improve our current understanding of human healing. Check it out for yourself at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ayahuasca-research-center#/