Medication and Health Concerns

Medication and Health Concerns

It’s important to address health concerns seriously before someone drinks ayahuasca, as this plant can have intense psychological and physical effects. Here are some important considerations:

Medical Evaluation:

Before participating in an ayahuasca ceremony, it’s crucial to undergo a complete medical evaluation to ensure there are no pre-existing medical conditions that could interact negatively with ayahuasca. This includes heart issues, high blood pressure, neuropsychiatric disorders, and any other health problems.


You should inform the shaman and facilitators about any medications you’re taking since some drugs can have dangerous interactions with ayahuasca. In particular, monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) and antidepressants can interact harmfully with ayahuasca.

Mental Health Issues:

If you have a history of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, or others, it’s crucial to discuss this with a mental health professional and the shaman. Ayahuasca can intensify mental and emotional states, which could be risky in the case of pre-existing mental health conditions.

Psychological Preparation:

Ayahuasca can lead to deep and challenging experiences. We recommend psychological preparation before drinking ayahuasca, which may include psychological therapy, meditation, and mindfulness practices to develop emotional resilience.

Professional Guidance:

It’s essential that ayahuasca ceremonies are conducted under the supervision of experienced shamans who can provide emotional and spiritual support during the experience.

Post-Ayahuasca Integration:

After the ceremony, it’s crucial to have follow-up to integrate the experiences and insights gained. This may involve psychological therapy sessions to process the insights acquired.

Respect for Tradition:

It’s important to respect the traditions and rituals associated with ayahuasca, as they have deep spiritual and cultural significance.

Before drink ayahuasca, it’s essential to address health concerns appropriately and consider both the psychological and spiritual aspects of the experience. The safety and well-being of the person participating in the ceremony should be the top priority.

Jaguar Shaman Denis Montes

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