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The "cruzadera": negative interference according to the concept of traditional medicine - June 2018

Presentation of Fabienne Bâcle, member of the therapeutic team of the Takiwasi Center, in the Beyond Psychedelics congress, Prague, Czech Republic, 21-24 June, 2018.
The management of therapeutic use of the plants in traditional Amazonian medicine requires strict rules and precautions. The respect of these rules during and after the ritual, (be purges, diets, and ayahuasca), conditions the result of the process. These rules are of food and sexual order. Their transgression leads to disturbances/perturbations at the physical, psychological, energetic / spiritual level, from the lightest to the most severe. In the Amazonian healer tradition, these perturbations are called: “cruzaderas”. We will analyze this topic, starting by pointing out the ritual’s importance and the reasons behind the rules, using clinical examples.

Author : Beyond Psychedelics

Audio : English

Subtitle : Español

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Ayahuasca Treatment Outcome Project - ATOP Peru - May 2018

The Ayahuasca Treatment Outcome Project - ATOP is an international research project that started in 2013, in which several countries have been collaborating such as Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Peru. The objective is to systematically evaluate the therapeutic effects and the effectiveness of the treatment of addictions based on the articulation of traditional Amazonian medicine, including the use of ayahuasca, and modern psychotherapy.
We are now launching a fundraising campaign to cover all the expenses related to the project ATOP Peru for the years 2018, 2019 and 2020, thus including the stages of final data collection (during treatment and follow up), data analysis and publication of the results.
More information: ATOP

Author : Miguel Palomino

Audio : English

Subtitle : English, Español, Français, Italiano, Cesky

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The testimony of a patient undergoing treatment at the Takiwasi Center - Diogerlin - May 2018

The personal experience of a patient at the final stage of the Ayahuasca-assisted treatment for addiction carried out at the Takiwasi Center.

Author : Miguel Palomino

Audio : Spanish

Subtitle : English, Français, Italiano, Português

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The testimony of a patient undergoing treatment at the Takiwasi Center – Fernando - May 2018

Many of the patients who come to Takiwasi have unsuccessfully undergone various conventional drug addiction treatments before deciding to set out on the path of plants. Fernando's testimony is a clear example of how they feel that conventional treatments are ineffective in addressing the issues that are at the root of the addiction problem. The real medicine is what works and the experience of Takiwasi shows that Ayahuasca is effective in treating addictions and other mental health disorders.

Author : Miguel Palomino

Audio : Spanish

Subtitle : English, Français, Italiano

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Testimony of a former patient at the Takiwasi Center - Nicolas - May 2018

The addiction treatment proposed by the Takiwasi Center is adapted to people proceeding from different contexts and cultures.

Author : Miguel Palomino

Audio : Spanish

Subtitle : English, Français, Italiano

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Takiwasi Center - Research Department - April 2018

The Scientific Research Department of the Takiwasi Center is focused primarily on two main areas: the Clinical Area and the Medicinal Plants Area in collaboration with the Research & Development Unit of Takiwasi’ s Natural Products Laboratory.
The clinical protocol of Takiwasi is based on the combination of psychotherapeutic techniques with tools derived from Traditional Amazonian Medicine, including the ritual use of medicinal plants. The Natural Products Laboratory develops with commercial purpose herbal medicines based on local ancestral knowledge. Both activities have been developed over time, allocating little resources to the scientific dissemination of the results, despite the high value of the same and the great interest on our work on the part of international researchers.
The Scientific Research Department is now under the responsibility of PhD Matteo Politi, Italian Ethnopharmacologist. We are available to evaluate all forms of collaboration, such as welcoming students or researchers, participating in congresses and collaborating for publications, that point at traditional medicines in the broadest sense of the word, states of consciousness, health resources, while at the same time encompassing very different disciplines (botany, clinic, chemistry, anthropology, archeology, psychology, musicology, etc.).

Author : Gary Saucedo

Audio : English

Subtitle : English, Español, Français, Italiano, Português

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The spiritual dimension in the work with sacred plants - April 2018

Interview with Veronika Kavenská during the Congress Sacred Plants in the Americas, February 2018. In traditional Amazonian medicine the spiritual dimension is considered as real as the material world or the internal psychological world. The healers take advantage of the contact with the spiritual world for a deeper understanding of the patient's problems and to search for possible tools of healing. The spiritual dimension is not separated from the treatment of psychological or physical problems, instead these are linked and related. Watch the full lecture: The spiritual dimension in the work with sacred plants

Author : Chacruna

Audio : Spanish

Subtitle : English, Español

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Evaluating the efficacy of Traditional Amazonian Medicine in relieving depression and anxiety - April 2018

Cécile Giovannetti is one of many health professionals who for the last 25 years have been interested in the work of the Takiwasi Center to develop their research.
Cécile's project is complementary to the Ayahuasca Treatment Outcome Project - ATOP Perú and aims to evaluate the efficacy of Traditional Amazonian Medicine, Ayahuasca and psychotherapy, in relieving depression and anxiety in patients undergoing the residential addiction treatment. This study is part of her Master's thesis in Public Health at the Faculty of Medicine, Charité University, Berlin, Germany.

Author : Miguel Palomino

Audio : English

Subtitle : Español, Français, Italiano

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Curandero - February 2018

New documentary project by Ricardo D'Aguiar and Valentina Homem about the therapeutic practices of the Takiwasi Center. In the Amazon, some plant species are considered teachers and sentient beings. An entire medicinal practice arose around them and has been used for millennia. Its effectiveness is being carefully studied by Western scientists. The documentary looks more closely at how these two systems converge and interact to produce something new.

Author : Ricardo D’Aguiar, Valentina Homem

Audio : Spanish

Subtitle : Português

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Interview with Jacques Mabit - January 2018

Interview with Dr. Jacques Mabit, MD and founder of the Takiwasi Center. Realized by Jean Damien Fleury in the environment of the botanical reserve of Takiwasi during the scheduled visits to the patients in condition of retreat/diet. Main topics approached include: traditional medicines and their use in modern times, curanderismo, spiritual search and drug addiction, among others. This video is part of the series "Encounters with remarkable men".

Author : Jean Damien Fleury

Audio : French

Subtitle : Español

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