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Testimony of a patient of the Takiwasi Center - September 2021

Luis is a 23-year-old from the town of Chazuta in the Amazon region of San Martin, Peru. He came to Takiwasi to get out of his addiction to drugs, mainly PBC and cocaine, and successfully completed a 9-month treatment which combines the use of medicinal plants and psychotherapy. Despite having relatives that are considered healers and use Ayahuasca, he tried this sacred brew for the first time only once he entered Takiwasi. This experience helped him open his eyes to his problem and facilitate certain changes within him, starting with learning to ask for forgiveness and allowing him to approach spirituality again. This is his testimony.

Author : Fabio Friso

Audio : Spanish

Subtitle : English, Français, Italiano

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Cat's Claw - Promoting Sustainable Development in the Peruvian Amazon - August 2021

The chain of sustainable use of the Cat's Claw contributes to conserving the forest where this medicinal plant grows and enhancing the immense heritage represented by the knowledge of traditional Amazonian medicine that is put at the service of the entire Peruvian population. The ancestral knowledge of the indigenous communities has allowed to know and study the great curative properties of the medicinal plants of the Amazonian rainforest. In the San Martín region of Peru, the native community of Chirik Sacha, together with the Association of Producers of Medicinal Plants "Ampik Sacha" and the Takiwasi Laboratory, has been using Cat's Claw, one of the Amazonian medicinal plants best known in the world, through a sustainable management plan.

Author : Lenin Quevedo

Audio : Spanish

Subtitle : English, Français

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Talking about plant spirits and ikaros - June 2021

A conversation about plant spirits and ikaros with Edgardo Tuanama, assistant healer at the Takiwasi Center. In the Peruvian Amazon, it is considered that a certain group of medicinal plants, known as master plants, have the power to teach and heal the individual through their spirit, which is responsible for transmitting to the healer also the ikaros or sacred songs that are used precisely for “call” the spirit of the plant and receive its help. Contribution for the event “Diálogos: Mente de las Plantas” organized by The Mind of Plants.

Author : Fabio Friso, Gary Saucedo

Audio : Spanish

Subtitle : English, Français

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Amazonian plants to help the spirit - May 2021

In the north of South America, the Amazonian people see nature as a higher entity that they call "Mother Earth" and collect plants for healing. The Amazon Basin crosses nine countries and spans seven million square kilometers. It stands on more than half of Peruvian territory and constitutes a huge open-air pharmacopoeia with free access for residents and researchers. A specific documentary on Takiwasi is part of the series "Amazonia, evils and plants". Written and directed by Emilie Grange.

Author : Emilie Grange

Audio : Spanish

Subtitle : Français

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Adopt an Ayahuasca - April 2021

At Takiwasi we have been planting Ayahuasca and other master plants for more than 25 years in our Botanical Reserve, a protected area of 54 hectares located inside the Cordillera Escalera conservation area. Our desire to protect and preserve Ayahuasca is also expressed through the advocacy work we carry out. We have been the main promoters of the recognition of Ayahuasca as "Cultural Heritage of the Peruvian Nation" in 2008. Support us and our conservation actions by adopting an Ayahuasca vine or another teacher plant.
More Information: Adopt an Ayahuasca

Author : Gary Saucedo

Audio : Spanish

Subtitle : English, Français, Italiano, Português

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Participation of researchers from the Takiwasi Center in the United Amazon Colloquium - April 2021

Researchers interested in issues related to the Amazon have been invited to the first edition of the United Amazon Colloquium, which was held on a virtual platform on March 31 and April 1, 2021. The Takiwasi Center has been represented by the scientific director Matteo Politi who presented the lecture "Biodiversity, traditional Amazonian medicine and benefit-sharing", and by the psychologist Uriel López Legaria who presented the lecture "Amazonian master plants in containment mode as a vehicle for accompaniment in therapeutic processes". Also included is this video presentation is the lecture by Tereza Rumlerová, PhD candidate, Department of Psychology, Palacky University, Czech Republic, who has carried out an investigation on the experience of the participants in the master plants diet at the Takiwasi Center.

Author : UNIDA - United fo the Development of the Amazon

Audio : Spanish

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Takiwasi: Traditional Amazonian Medicine and Mental Health - April 2021

Dr. Rosa Giove participated in the 4th Edition of the International Congress of Integrative Medicine with the presentation: "Takiwasi: Traditional Amazonian Medicine and mental health". Traditional Medicines have been in force since time immemorial and some of them are currently recognized and incorporated into health systems. Mental pathology is an important cause of morbidity and mortality, finding insufficient response in official medicine. This presentation aims to reveal the therapeutic potential of traditional Amazonian medicine for the treatment of addiction and mental health, based on the experience of the Takiwasi Center in the Peruvian Amazon.

Author : Asociación Profesional Española de Naturopatía y Bioterapia

Audio : Spanish

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The Mind of Plants - April 2021

The Mind of Plants brings together a collection of short essays, narratives and poetry on plants and their interaction with humans. An online symposium has been hosted on April 9, 2021, to bring together all the contributors of the Mind of Plants to share their reflections and various approaches to plants. Matteo Politi, scientific director of Takiwasi Center, offered a contribution on Ushpwasha Sanango (Tabernaemontana undulata), a so-called “teacher plant” used in therapeutic practices derived from traditional Amazonian medicine such as the dieta. Another contribution has been offered by research associate and environmental anthropologist Giorgia Tresca on Silver Fir (Adies Alba) an evergreen tree native to Europe and Asia.

Author : The Mind of Plants

Audio : English

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Master Plant Diet Participant Testimonial - Karla - March 2021

Brazilian psychologist Karla Perdigão offers a testimonial about her experience in the master plant diets in Takiwasi. Karla came to Takiwasi as part of her personal professional journey, researching the therapeutic interaction between medicinal plants and psychology. The master plant diets offered her the possibility of working on herself, reaching certain inner contents that she had not been able to deal with during her classic personal therapeutic process, and at the same time the diets gave her greater motivation and direction to continue with her research and with her profession, also allowing Karla to attend to her patients in a more comprehensive way.

Author : Martín Huamán, Gary Saucedo

Audio : Spanish

Subtitle : English, Français, Italiano, Português

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Metamorphosis - March 2021

Artist Arno Louis has created some short one minute animations on different types of spiritual healing retreats. One of these animations shows the experience lived by D.S., who participated in a personal development seminar at the Takiwasi Center. A stop-motion that transcribes three different spiritual retreats. We immerse ourselves in a visual universe between collage and painting, these two visual languages have their symbolism and give life to various characters. All of them have their own metamorphoses according to their retreat contexts.

Author : Arno Louis

Audio : French

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