Ayahuasca is a form of dimethlytryptamine (DMT) which is a mixture of two plants: Ayahuasca vine and chacruna shrub. These are said to be native to the jungles of the Amazon. The indigenous people of the said region were the first to discover the healing effects of this mystical plant thousands of years ago.

Today, it is rapidly growing more popular as people from different parts of the world travel to the indigenous sites of Peru and neighboring countries to learn about the various health benefits of Ayahuasca, also locally referred to as yagé.

This powerful substance is an ancient psychoactive brew commonly prepared by shamans in many countries in South America. Being a form of DMT, it is not legal in most countries as it is known to cause hallucination, diarrhea, and other conditions.

However, the many people who have undergone an Ayahuasca retreat in Peru have found it to be wonderful, and as some would say, life-altering effects not only on the physical body but also on the mind and spirit.

Here are 3 Reasons Why You Should Try an Ayahuasca Retreat in Peru:

1. An enhanced psychological well-being and expanded consciousness

One of the more prevalent psychological illnesses of our time today is depression. Ayahuasca is believed to be able to provide cure for depression-inflicted people as well as for other mental conditions. Ayahuasca brew has the power to enhance the consciousness of a person which makes an individual more aware of his or her thought process thus eliminating confusions, denials and pretensions that cloud their judgment or causes them to make poor decisions. For a lot of regular attendees of Ayahuasca retreats, they believe that this experience helped them to get to know their true selves, make peace with their past, identify clearly their aspirations and passions and many other beneficial revelations about themselves.  Here is a look at what happens at a retreat.

2. Medical healing

One of the most common death-causing diseases for humans, which up to now do not have any actual cure is cancer. This diseases is proven to be caused by high levels of stress, anger, hate and resentment. Although not scientifically proven, there are patients who claim to have been healed by undergoing Ayahuasca retreats specifically in Peru. Partnered with effective medical treatments and necessary surgical procedures, Ayahuasca becomes effective in curing cancer as it makes the patient gain higher consciousness and eliminating the causes of anger, hate and resentment.

3. A rich traditional experience

For some people, mostly tourists, going to an Ayahuasca retreat is merely for the experience or a one-time occasion. This is the case for many people especially those coming from Europe. Most retreat packages include accommodation in a tranquil and relaxing site commonly with a view of lush spaces, wildlife and rich biodiversity. Packages also include food as well as other additional amenities such as the practice of traditional meditation techniques, traditional baths, or healing rituals.