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Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual Model: the approach to the inconceivable and the pragmatic mystique - September 2020

Intervention by Dr. Manuel Almendro during the II Encounter of Dialogues between Medicines "The spiritual approach to addictions", held on September 26, 2020. After four decades of work in the world of clinical psychology, Zen meditation and indigenous medicines it seems crystal clear that these three streams of service can be integrated. There is a point of connection between all of them: spirituality as the search for the ultimate meaning of existence. The abandonment by Western society of this search has constituted and is the root of extreme suffering, addiction as a negative path of this search, and machine-like and suicidal materialism.

Author : Asociación GASS

Audio : Spanish

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Spiritual illness from the perspective of a traditional Amazonian doctor - September 2020

Lecture by Jordi Trainé at the II Days of Dialogues between Medicines "The spiritual approach to addictions", Barcelona, September 26, 2020. Some of the topics addressed: the human being as body, soul and spirit; mental contamination, and emotional differentiation from energetic and spiritual parasitization; diseases of the spirit and diseases of the soul and their manifestations; somatization of spiritual and soul illnesses; personal experience of Christian spirituality in traditional Amazonian medicine practice; therapeutic and personal experiences.

Author : Asociación GASS

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The approach to diseases and evil from the Asheninka and Christian indigenous spirituality - September 2020

Lecture by the Claretian Father Rosendo Gualima from Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, presented during the II Day of Dialogues between Medicines. Father Rosendo provides a testimony about how there is no contradiction, quite the contrary, between his Amazonian roots and Christian spirituality. A position that is not always well understood, but that is of vital importance for the communion of knowledge and the medicine of the soul.

Author : Asociación GASS

Audio : Spanish

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Analytical Psychology, Addictions and Traditional Medicine - August 2020

Interview with Dr. Rosa Giove for the Eleusis Institute - Jungian Analytical Psychology, with Jorge Santamaría and Gabriela Milatic, August 29, 2020.

Author : Instituto Eleusis

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Ábrete Corazón - February 2020

The "ikaro" is the song or melody used by healers during ritual works, especially during ayahuasca ceremonies. The ikaros are key elements of traditional Amazonian medicine and represent the essential means for transmitting wisdom and healing knowledge. In this interview Dr. Rosa Giove, co-founder and responsible for the biomedical monitoring of the Takiwasi Center, tells us about the origin of the ikaros she sings, what is their role and what is the message of Ábrete Corazón, her most famous ikaro.

Author : Gary Saucedo, Fabio Friso

Audio : Spanish

Subtitle : English, Français, Italiano, Português

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Ayahuasca: political, legal and health concerns - December 2019

Lecture given by Manuel Almendro, PhD in psychology, clinical psychologist, founder of the Oxígeme Process, held on November 13, 2019 in the auditorium of the Takiwasi Center, Tarapoto, Peru. Starting from some themes presented in his latest book “The labyrinth of ayahuasca. Research on shamanism and indigenous medicines”, Almendro synthesizes almost forty years of coexistence and scientific research with traditional healers and shamans of the Peruvian Amazon and the Sierra Mazateca in Mexico. Intermingling solid academic rigor and personal accounts, the author introduces us to indigenous worldviews, making a critical reflection that highlights the general decline and the abuse in the use of sacred plants that is causing death and desolation worldwide, while delving into the therapeutic potential that permeates the traditional medicines. Combining his experience in the psychological field with medical research in indigenous traditions, Almendro points to the creation of new protocols for healing mental and body diseases.

Author : Martín Huamán

Audio : Spanish

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The ritual ceremony of purgahuasca - November 2019

The ritual ceremony of purgahuasca is one of the therapeutic procedures from the traditional medicine of the Awajún ethnic group that was included in the therapeutic protocol of the Takiwasi Center, thanks to the teachings provided by the master healer Walter Cuñachi. Purgahuasca is a little concentrated ayahuasca preparation that is taken as in a purge session. This preparation mainly has a great vomitive effect, with secondary visionary or teaching effects. In the Awajún tradition, purgahuasca is an initiation ritual, so that through this means young people can discover their vocation and know the way to follow in their adult lives. More information: Drug addiction treatment by the traditional medicine of the Awajún tribe.

Author : Gary Saucedo, Fabio Friso

Audio : Spanish

Subtitle : English, Français, Italiano

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Cat’s Claw – From the forest to the world - November 2019

Takiwasi Laboratory has been working since 2011 with Chirik Sacha native community located in the Peruvian Amazonian region of San Martin to formalize the commercial use of Cat’s Claw. Cat’s Claw (Uncaria tormentosa) is one of the most studied Amazonian medicinal plant in the world. Thanks to these studies we were able to understand the biological mechanisms that lie beneath the many properties that Amazonian inhabitants have identified in this plant since ancient times. Cat’s Claw stimulates and strengthens the immune system, it’s an adjuvant in treatments for aids, cancer and autoimmune diseases, it’s an anti-inflammatory for joints and effective against arthritis, arthrosis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. After several years of legal procedures, and with the support of National Forest Authority, Serfor, in November 2018 the Cat’s Claw forest management plan has been officially approved. This will give to the Chirik Sacha native community the chance of generating a new source of economic income through the responsible use of the Cat’s Claw trees and at the same time conserving its communal forest. Surprisingly, it is also a great achievement for the country as whole, as it is the first exploitation license of a non-timber forest medicinal resource in the entire Peruvian Amazon.

Author : Lenin Quevedo

Audio : English

Subtitle : Español, Francés

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The Forest of the Nuwas - October 2019

The Nuwas Forest is a successful example of a process involving recovering biodiversity and ancestral knowledge. With the help of Indecopi and Takiwasi Laboratory, and the financial support of Conservation International, the Nuwas (women) of the native Awajún community of Shampuyacu, in the Peruvian Amazon, have managed to identify and register 110 species of medicinal and aromatic plants. Since 2015, the Nuwas, with the help of Takiwasi technicians, specifically investigate which plants could be used to be marketed as infusions. The infusions, registered under the brand “Nuwa” and owned by the community, are based on clavo huasca and ginger, combined with aguaymanto, cocoa husk and vanilla. They have already been presented at some local fairs such as ExpoAmazonica in Iquitos, and will be released for commercial sale in 2020.

Author : Oscar Miranada & Andrés Merino

Audio : Spanish

Subtitle : English, Français, Italiano

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Retreat/Diet Testimonial - Eugenio - October 2019

In his testimonial about the retreat/diet in Takiwasi, Eugenio tells us that diet is one of those experiences that marks a before and after. This process allows to find in the plants some travel fellows that provide particular characteristics such as sensitivity, emotions and firmness, useful to walk the path of life.
More testimonials about the retreat/diet: Testimonials.

Author : Gary Saucedo, Fabio Friso

Audio : Spanish

Subtitle : English, Français, Italiano

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