Medically, it is important to note that there are very few risks involved when working with Ayahuasca. Although you must be aware that there are some factors applicable to certain participants that should be considered and prepared for prior to their commencing treatment at Maya.
We will now outline common contraindications that may bear relevance to yourself, though it is absolutely essential that you contact the Maya team before a attempting registration if you have any concerns about your medical state and Ayahuasca. We will respond promptly with further advice personal to your own medical state and advise how best to proceed prior to attendance. Those with highly serious cardiovascular problems are one of a minority of people that may need to completely avoid Ayahuasca treatment. Other physical ailments, such as problems with other organs and bodily systems, should have minimal adverse reactions to the plant when prepared for properly with consideration to medications used in conjunction with these issues. This being said it would still be imperative that anyone suffering a serious ailment consult in-depth with their physician before considering Ayahuasca.
Common Treatments for Depression
There are some chemically based treatments for depression that are known to be of particular issue when mixed with Ayahuasca, due to the main components of the plant, Harmine and Harmaline, which are Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs). MAOIs work similarly to SSRIs (another more common treatment for depression) and both work to increase the amount of seratonin and dopamine in the body. Due to Ayahuasca itself having a similar effect, the combination of both can cause overload in the neuro-pathways dealing with these chemicals and lead to serious adverse reactions. If you are taking either MAOIs or SSRIs it is essential that you consult with your doctor about your plans and work carefully to remove the medication from your system gradually, leading to a full 4-6 weeks of freedom from your body before arriving at Maya.
Recreational Drugs and Ayahuasca
It is highly advisable that any use of recreational drugs cease at least two weeks prior to attendance. Maya does not condone the general use of these but accepts the widespread intake and abuse of these substances and accepts openly all those affected by drugs who will without doubt take away a great deal of positive impact into their ongoing lives should this be a prevalent issue. The main substances to avoid are cocaine, heroin, speed/amphetamines, MDMA and all all forms of ecstacy. Marijuana should also be avoided at least two weeks prior to your stay due it’s potential to limit the visions and messages Ayahuasca may bring to you. Homeopathic and Herbal Treatments Those undergoing Homeopathic and Herbal Treatment should consult with their physician about the particular possible issue of maintaining treatment whilst staying at Maya. We would advise that the use of antihistamines, dietary aids and St Johns Wort should be discontinued at least one week prior to your stay (or longer if possible) but again this should be a personal precaution suited to the individual so please do bear all this in mind.
Central Nervous System Depressants and Sleeping Pills Use of any type of CNS and/or sleeping pill must be ceased a minimum of three weeks prior to your stay at Maya. Ayahuasca may increase the effect of these medications and can cause adverse reactions in the user due to system overload, thus slowing down important bodily functions and reactions. Blood Pressure Treatments Maya would recommend abstaining in full from all blood pressure related treatments before your stay, but of course this is without doubt a discussion that must be undertaken with your physician due to the varying severity of this disorder amongst sufferers.