Page 54 Rituals
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The shaman can also put the participants of the ritual into a trance, which allows them to contact the spirits of their ancestors and magical beings, who offer advice and serve as spiritual guides. Sometimes the brew also gives the ability to see the future or tap into the collective memory of an entire tribe or even humanity. Some gain memories of their past selves this way.
Vomiting and diarrhea are both important elements of the ceremony. Induced by digesting the brew, they are supposed to cleanse the body of negative energy and emotions, and quite literally expel them from the system. This may seems unpleasant, but bot vomiting and diarrhea have an important medicinal effect for the people living in a tropical jungle, as they help clean the body of many dangerous parasites; harmine and harmaline are practically lethal to these organisms. Although ayahuasca is mainly seen as a religious ritual, it's worth it to consider its medicinal use.
Only recently has western medicine started to appreciate ayahuasca. The first conducted studies showed that it can significantly help patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression, anxiety and trauma. The effect of the brew on memory is truly fascinating. Patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often experience amnesia, as they push the traumatic memories into their subconsciousness and aren't able to recall them. Those given ayahuasca not only reported regaining the lost memories, but also stopped experiencing fear ad got rid of panic attacks. This is probably due to the fact that ayahuasca activates the areas in the brain responsible for memory and emotional reactions. It enhances the neuroplasticity of the brain and the process of neurogenesis, and triggers dopaminergic neurotransmission. These processes, in turn, lead to recovery of memories and memory consolidation. In the case of trauma, they additionally reprogram the emotional reaction and alleviate fear. The memory itself is intact, but the negative emotions associated with it are removed.
It is true that the members of the Yabahuaca who take ayahuasca exhibit good spirits, calmness and stability, and are better at social interactions. they also have excellent memory and concentration.
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