FOR ONE WEEK BEFORE IBOGA
Daily, take a balanced multivitamin and mineral complex. Male patients do not need to take a multivitamin that is supplemented with iron. Add to this 500 mg of magnesium, preferably magnesium citrate or another similar form. Do not take magnesium oxide unless there is no other option. This will help to protect your heart, balance your body’s electrolyte levels, and smooth muscle tissue.
A mostly vegetarian diet should be observed during the week before treatment. Eat properly portioned sizes of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and small portions of lean meats or fish.
Greasy foods, foods that have been heavily processed, and fatty foods should be avoided at all costs. You should also try to avoid excess sodium, caffeine, junk food, and sugar, as well as grapefruit and quinine, the latter of which is an ingredient in tonic water.
Make sure to drink at least 2 liters of water every day, and pay attention to your electrolytes. Drinks like Gatorade, Powerade, Emergen-C, and coconut water are good for replenishing your electrolytes (though some of these contain sugar). These should be drunk in the week leading up to your therapy.
If you have been prescribed any antidepressants or other psychoactive medications by your primary doctor, do not take any of these for at least 2 weeks prior to your visit to our facility.
IT IS RECCOMENDED TO MICRODOSE IBOGA FOR A MINIMUM OF 10 DAYS. The longer the better. Some people come without micro-dosing, you may end up purging a lot more during the ceremony.
Known as one of the world’s oldest visionary plant medicines used by humankind, the Iboga plant thrives in the jungles of West Africa. For thousands of years, this plant has been used for healing and initiation and is now coming forth offering it’s wisdom and healing properties to the modern world. In a time where depression, anxiety, addiction, and disease are all too common, this medicine is one of the keys to recreating and maintaining health within ourselves and our communities.
Iboga root is a powerful bitter herb, with the ability to rapidly detox the body and heal many physical ailments including: heavy metals build-up, HPV, herpes, acne, Lyme’s disease, chronic fatigue, insomnia, and digestive problems.
The spiritual nature of the plant often facilitates visions which enable the participant to clear past trauma, and get to the root of anything that is holding them back from living a life of joy and purpose. Iboga has the ability to treat many mental illnesses including: depression, anxiety, PTSD, bi-polar disorder, ADD, ADHD, addiction, and OCD.
Iboga is well-known for its anti-addictive properties and is crucial in the detox and rehabilitation of addiction from many drugs including : amphetamines, opiates, alcohol, nicotine, many pharmaceuticals, and more. Not only does it strip the harmful substances quickly from the body, and take away much of the discomfort of withdrawals, it also invites the participant to look within, at the original reason they made the choice to use.
Iboga Treatment for Acne and Candida
Candida causes other problems in addition to acne. They include chronic fatigue and depression. Candida and other parasites may also be secondary factors in other conditions. Flushing the body with ibogaine for acne gives your body a natural source of treatment for rapid and deep detox.
Candida infections are quite common as fungal infections in the human body. They may live in your mucosal membranes like the sinuses, nasal passages, vaginal walls and digestive tracts. Invasive Candidiasis can also affect organs. Your body normally has Candida present, but overgrowth causes problems like acne.
For the Iboga ceremony, the inner root bark of the Tabernanthe Iboga plant is stripped and ground into a powder and eaten. Although the experience is different for everyone, the common thread which presents is a journey inward, a journey of self discovery, where the participant is reconnected with their own soul and life purpose, grounding them into what’s true and important for them in this life, right now. Iboga and the Bwiti tradition and principles are rooted in the ability to feel truly grateful for life, the deep inner knowing that life itself is the greatest gift of all. Re-awakening our reverence and connection to the earth and ourselves, stripping away the build up that comes with life’s ups and downs.
There is another man made derivative of Iboga being used primarily for addiction called Ibogaine, this often takes place in a clinical rather than ceremonial setting. At Iboga Healing we believe that the intact Iboga root bark, containing all of it’s original alkaloids is the best way to access the myriad healing properties of this plant.
Did You Know?
- Iboga resets the brain when it comes to addiction and the success rate of addicts kicking their habit after iboga is extremely high.
- In some ways, iboga is more powerful than ayahuasca with trips lasting from 12-24 hours.
- Iboga is a very masculine medicine. If ayahuasca is the “mother” then iboga is definitely the “father”.
- Iboga stays in the bodily system for a long time after and can have an antidepressant effect.
GDNF (glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor) is a protein discovered in 1991 with an extraordinarily positive effect on nerve cell tissue. GDNF stimulates nerve cell growth, especially dopamine neurons. In addition to the ability to regenerate nerve cells in the brain, GDNF also appears to possess neuroprotective properties.
In an animal experiment in which rats with Parkinson’s disease had GDNF injected directly into the brain, a significant improvement in the symptoms was observed. After one year, there were still no undesirable side effects of GDNF administration. Initial studies have shown that GDNF significantly improves the overall condition of Parkinsonian patients. The resulting data suggests that new nerve cells had formed.
Ibogaine and its metabolite noribogaine lead to a substantial increase in GDNF levels in the brain. This indicates that ibogaine could provide a very effective treatment for neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinsons.
Until now, it was not possible to introduce GDNF directly into the desired regions of the brain. But Ibogaine stimulates the glial cells and neurons to produce GDNF itself, increasing GDNF levels throughout the brain. Phytostan, a pharmaceutical company focused on developing ibogaine, has developed an ibogaine-based medicine called CK-BR 12. This consists of Ibogaine HCL and a cocktail composed of 12 vitamins.
Patient D is a 69-year-old Parkinson’s disease patient and until now the only human treated with Ibogaine for his condition. Patient D reported numerous positive changes regarding his illness: he could swallow again, speech and facial expressions improved noticeably, the control of the hands increased and he could write again legibly. Also, his general motor skills increased.
At the Ibogaine conference in 2016, Dr. Ignacio Carrera from the Universidad de la Republica Uruguay presented the research of an interdisciplinary group. Novel variations of the ibogaine molecular structure have been developed that enhance the production of GDNF. The group of N-indolylethyl isoquinuclidines appears to be most promising. The synthesis of these molecules is far less complex than that of Ibogaine and there are several promising derivatives. Some of the analogues cause an even higher GDNF-release in vitro than Ibogaine does, but can have cytotoxic effects depending on the structure. The research in this field is still nascent, but it has enormous potential.