Ayahuasca, Iboga, and Other Sacred Indigenous Medicines to Cure Addiction


NOTE: In addition to the sacred indigenous medicines that we talk about below for the treatment of addiction and in our book The Anti-Addiction Encyclopedia, Lydi and I have also recently finished developing the DreamLight.app, an addiction guided meditation tool that uses brain entrainment strategies to create a powerful trance state. The DreamLight.app uses metaphor (in the guided meditation), hypnotic music, and light patterns that mimic natural phenomena such as light passing through the leaves in the trees, or the flickering light of a fire to give users access to their subconscious minds. This tool used to be available only to healers and therapists for thousands of dollars, but we felt like a safe tool like this should be available to average people too. Whereas in many countries of the world, there are sacred indigenous medicines like Iboga or Ayahuasca that can be used to overcome addictions, in many developed countries, these medicines have been made illegal. So our goal was to create a tech-based-Iboga-or-Ayahuasca-analogue that people struggling with addiction can use at home. Please contact us for information if you’d like to know more about how to gain access to high-quality Ayahuasca, Sapito, Kambo, Salvia Divinorum, or Iboga ceremonies/treatments in Mexico. 

Addiction is a major issue worldwide. Nearly everyone is touched by addiction in some way or another. Treating addiction often requires a multi-faceted approach, but many Americans aren’t aware of the potential benefits of sacred indigenous medicines in treating addictions. These plant and animal-based medicines have the most profound effects against addiction when they’re administered in a ceremonial context by knowledgeable “guides” who are familiar with the effects of the medicine. In some cases, only one dose of a sacred plant or animal medicine is enough to stop the addictive behavior.

My own experience with sacred indigenous medicines is that they tend to speak directly and their messages are no-nonsense. During one Ayahuasca ceremony, the plant medicine actually spoke to me both audibly and using subtitles. One of the reasons why these plant and animal medicines are so powerful is because they speak personally to the one who partakes in them. The messages and assistance regarding how to break addiction literally come from within. 


Iboga and Ibogaine

Iboga or the pharmaceutical equivalent, Ibogaine are powerful indigenous medicines used to cure addictions to a variety of different substances. It’s important to seek out a facility that will check you for congenital heart problems and calculate a proper dosage. The addict must abstain from taking drugs for about a week before the ceremony. Ibogaine works by rewiring the brain and often, the effects are long-lasting with just one dose. Addicts who go through the process often emerge from the experience without withdrawals or cravings. Typically, one dose is enough to cure addiction. Experts emphasize the importance of following up the Iboga or Ibogaine experience with psychosocial treatment to maintain the effects, but sometimes this isn’t necessary. There are Iboga and Ibogaine treatment centers for addiction in Mexico and Africa that work with both addiction to both stimulants and narcotics.



Ayahuasca is actually a combination of two or more plants that include Banisteriopsis caapi leaves and Psychotria viridis (chacruna shrub) leaves. Banisteriopsis caapi is known as the “vine of the soul”. The plant contains dimethyltryptamine (DMT) and experts on addiction believe it works to cure addiction because all addictions stem from some kind of childhood trauma. Ayahuasca helps addicts get in touch with deep pain by removing self-created barriers. Ayahuasca is available in Mexico, Central, and South America.



Sapito is an excretion of a specific toad found in Sonora Mexico. This entheogen is used to treat a number of mental or emotional issues including depression, anxiety, and addiction to stimulants, alcohol, and narcotics. This animal medicine can lead to complete ego dissolution and a feeling of being “One with the Universe”. It has been used with iboga at some addiction treatment centers. 

Studies have shown that sapito reduces the level of a receptor that’s involved in addiction. Researchers have theorized that sapito was able to reduce the level of involvement of the mGluR5 receptor. Approximately 66% of alcoholics showed improvement after a dose of sapito, though often multiple doses are necessary. It’s important to find someone trustworthy who is knowledgeable about set and setting to administer this medication. Sapito ceremonies are available throughout Mexico and other parts of the world.



Kambo is a sacred animal medicine derived as venom from the Giant Green Monkey Tree Frog. The scientific name for the frog is Phyllomedusa Bicolor. It is found throughout the Upper Amazon rainforest in Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, French Guiana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela. There are contraindications to taking Kambo for addiction. 

Kambo contains a cocktail of medicinal substances that have a strong effect on opioid receptors. Synthetic derivatives of sixteen of the peptides found in Kambo have been patented mainly in the United States. This medicine works as a Jungle Vaccine or “vaccine of the forest” while purging the mind and the body of toxins and toxic energies. Most people feel calm and clearer after a Kambo session. It has been used to treat not only addiction, but also blood circulation diseases, depression, migraines, fertility issues, and cancer. It is a natural and holistic painkiller. 

A Kambo ritual typically involves burning a small ⅛ dot of the venom into a part of the person’s body such as the back, leg, or shoulder. Within 2 minutes after the venom dot or dots are administered the participant begins to sweat, feel nauseated and hot, and often, they’ll vomit. The experience lasts between 10 to 20 minutes and the participant drinks a large quantity of water before beginning the process to encourage detoxification and purging. The Kambo is able to treat addiction by alleviating the emotional pain that causes the participant to seek out the addictive substance or behavior in the first place.

Kambo is available in Mexico and South America.


Magic Mushrooms

The Mazatec people of Oaxaca, Mexico have been using magic mushrooms for hundreds of years to accomplish a variety of goals related to healing. Shrooms, as they’re often called, contain psilocybin, a psychedelic chemical that can cause hallucinations. Magic Mushrooms are being studied for use in treating addiction to stimulants, alcohol, and narcotics. The effects of Magic Mushrooms on alcohol addiction has been compelling and Shrooms have been used to treat a variety of different addictions to other substances (stimulants and opioids) by allowing participants to access the core of their pain and the reason why they seek out the addictive substance or situation in the first place.


Salvia Divinorum

“Divine Sage” or Salvia Divinorum is a plant that is said to belong to the Virgin Mary. It is consumed in a ritual context to heal both the spirit and the physical body.  The ceremony around Salvia Divinorum involves singing and mental preparation beforehand and the Mazatec in Oaxaca, Mexico contact Catholic saints as well as indigenous spirits to assist with the healing process. Salvia Divinorum is particularly well-known for its ability to help in overcoming substance abuse and addiction by altering dopamine levels in areas of the brain that are responsible for motivation and reward. The feminine quality of the plant cures addiction to alcohol, stimulants like cocaine, and inhalants. Western medicine has developed treatment options for the abuse of opioids, tobacco, and alcohol, Salvia Divinorum is a potential cure for addiction to stimulants. When the plant is consumed, the plant spirit goes to the addict and teaches him or her what has caused and sustained the addiction and tells them how to recover and lead a balanced life.




Related Posts:

Can Entheogens Cure Addiction and PTSD?

Kratom, Akuamma, Iboga, and More for Addiction Treatments

How to Cure an Opiate Addiction at Home

Amino Acid Therapy for Addiction

What to Do If Your Child Is Addicted to Drugs

Is Meth Addiction Curable? The Mucuna pruriens, NAC, and 5-HTP Protocol for At-Home Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment

What is melatonin?…and how you can use it for at-home addiction treatment. 

Kambo for Cancer, Psoriasis, HIV, Infertility, Cataracts, Depression, Dementia, and Addictions

Dear Ellie: Email to a Friend about a Cure for Herpes

Is there a cure for psoriasis? 


Addy, P. H. & Maqueda, A. E. (2015). Traditional Medicine from Southern Mexico Offers Help with Addiction. Retrieved March 10, 2020 from https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/traditional-medicine-from-southern-mexico-offers-help-with-addiction/

Hannaford, A. (2017). Dying to get clean: Is Iboga the answer to heroin addiction? Retrieved March 10, 2020 from https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/dec/10/ibogaine-heroin-addiction-treatment-gabon-withdrawal-danger-death

Mash, D. C., Duque, L., Page, B., Allen-Ferdinand, K. (2018). Ibogaine Detoxification Transitions Opioid and Cocaine Abusers Between Dependence and Abstinence: Clinical Observations and Treatment Outcomes. Retrieved March 10, 2020 from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5996271/ 

Salmon, B. (2017). Combating Addiction with Ayahuasca. Retrieved March 10, 2020 from https://bodhitree.com/ayahuasca-plant-medicine-now-used-combat-addiction/

OhmStudio (2017). What is Sapito? Retrieved March 10, 2020 from https://www.ohmstudio.ca/page-1

Sun, N. (2018). Kambo, Entities, Addiction, and Other Miscellaneous Ravings. Retrieved March 10, 2020 from https://medium.com/@nicksun/kambo-entities-addiction-and-other-miscellanous-ravings-ca34460ede2e

International Association of Kambo Practitioners (2019). About Kambo ES. Retrieved March 10, 2020 from https://iakp.org/es/about-kambo-es/4584758432/

Meehl Foundation (2018). Kambo for Addiction. Retrieved March 10, 2020 from https://meehlfoundation.org/kambo-for-addiction/
Bleyer, J. (2017). A Radical New Approach to Beating Addiction. Retrieved March 10, 2020 from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/articles/201705/radical-new-approach-beating-addiction