Peru Ayahuasca Retreat Medical Guidelines

Our healing work is based on traditional Amazonian shamanic plant medicine. The medicinal plants we use, including but not limited to Ayahuasca, are biochemically and energetically very powerful and do not mix well with all other substances.

Many pharmaceutical drugs are not compatible with Ayahuasca and Ayahuasca is not appropiate for treatment of certain medical or psychological conditions. 

It is the responsibility of all guests to consult with us and their doctors about the safety of ceasing medications within the time frames required by our center.

If you need to stop taking any medications prior to your Ayahuasca experience, please consult with your doctor about stopping such medications, at least one month before attending the retreat. Please advise us of any medications you have taken or are taking as far in advance as possible and we can discuss your individual situation.

Also, full disclosure of medical conditions past and present are mandatory at the time of application for our retreats and it’s pertinent that you understand our guest guidelines.

Below is a list of SOME medical conditions, pharmaceuticals and supplements that are not compatible with drinking Ayahuasca.

Medical Conditions

Psychological conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, psychosis
Heart conditions (including high blood pressure)
Liver and Kidney conditions

Pharmaceuticals and Supplements

We require all guests to refrain from taking any pharmaceuticals or supplements during their stay. However, some medications need to be stopped well in advance of drinking Ayahuasca or other master plants.

Different substances require longer to clear from your system so please speak with us and consult your doctor to establish how long you need to stop taking them before working with us.

        SSRI’s (any selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor)
        amphetamines (meth-, dex-, amphetamine)
        antihypertensives (high blood pressure medicine)
        appetite suppressants (diet pills)
        medicine for asthma, bronchitis, or other breathing problems
        antihistamines, medicines for colds, sinus problems, hay fever, or allergies (Actifed DM, Benadryl, Benylin, Chlor-Trimeton, Compoz, etc.)
        CNS (central nervous system) depressants

Specific Drugs

        Amantadine hydrochloride (Symmetrel)
        Amoxapine (Asendin)
        Bupropion (Wellbutrin)
        Buspirone (BuSpar)
        Carbamazepine (Tegretol, Epitol)
        Clomipramine (Anafranil)
        Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril)
        Cyclizine (Marezine)
        Desipramine (Pertofrane)
        Dextromethorphan (DXM)
        Disopyramide (Norpace)
        Doxepin (Sinequan)
        Flavoxate Hydrochloride (Urispas)
        Fluoxetine (Prozac)
        Imipramine (Tofranil)
        Isocarboxazid (Marplan)
        Levodopa (Dopar, Larodopa)
        Loratadine (Claritin)
        Maprotiline (Ludiomil)
        Meperidine (Demerol)
        Methylphenidate (Ritalin)
        Nortriptyline (Aventyl)
        Oxybutynin chloride (Ditropan)
        Orphenadrine (Norflex)
        Paroxetine (Paxil)
        Phenelzine (Nardil)
        Procainamide (Pronestyl)
        Protriptyline (Vivactil)
        Quinidine (Quinidex)
        Selegiline (Eldepryl)
        Sertraline (Zoloft)
        Tranylcypromine (Parnate)
        Tricyclic antidepressants (Amitriptyline, Elavil)
        Trimipramine (Surmontil)

Herbs and supplements

        St. Johns Wort

If you have any questions or concerns, or want any clarification in any way about your current medical status and if you are suitable to take Ayahuasca and attend one of our Master Plant retreats, please contact us directly.

At the end of the day, we’re here to help you, so please just disclose everything to us about your current medical status and any medications you are taking, and we’ll do our best to accommodate your specific situation, if possible.
If in doubt, please contact us before applying.

Many blessings and so much love,
The Ayahuasca Healings Family