We have received many e-mails from people who have read the article: Ayahuasca: Dispelling Myth – Harm vs. Healing
We created this new page on 12-19-2015 – to share some of the e-mails and messages which are frequently sent to us from numerous individuals who have been traumatized, hospitalized, harmed, or induced into psychosis via. Ayahuasca “healing” ceremonies and retreats.
They asked us to share their experiences; to further inform others of the dangers, contraindications, and illegitimacy which can be involved in this practice.
If you would like to submit an experience or expose, please use the “Leave a Reply” box at the bottom of this page.
Do not hesitate to include information about the retreat center you attended. Many of these operations are endangering the health of fellow human beings, and taking no responsibility- which is a quality that should never be acceptable in authentic healing arts practice.
You can submit your report anonymously or request for your e-mail to be made public as a resource for others.
12/25/15 – E-mail from Elsa (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thank you for writing this. I read your story on Ayahuasca, your words couldn’t have hit closer to home.
I’ve been experiencing depression, anxiety, depersonalization disorder, panic and distorted vision since my ceremony. Its been 3 weeks since I did it and I’ve been to countless shamans, spiritual healers and even a transcendental psychologist. I feel better for a moment and then it goes down hill again. I’m becoming more scared and freaked out about this.
I asked the shaman before doing it if anything like this could happened and he swore nooooo, never, everything will be fine!
He no longer takes responsibility and he said that If I wanted to fix myself it would cost me an extra 500 dollars. I don’t know what to do anymore. I had never suffered from mental illness before and I had never taken drugs. I’m thinking about going to a psychiatrist and but I’m afraid I’ll get medication that could make it worst or prevent from getting better on the long run. If anyone can help me, I would really appreciate it.
12/20/15 E-mail from P.J. (Remaining Anonymous)
12/19/15 – Facebook Message from Samuel Garcia (Sam2320@outlook.com)
Hey, I saw your post on the Ayahuasca group. I took ayahuasca a year and a half ago back in Colombia, and was really bad, I’d say I was in a psycothic state. I am taking medication because of this, but I still can’t be the same or have a good quality life. My friend also from Colombia, is still experiencing these kind of symptoms and she took ayahuasca around 7 years ago. Do you know anyone who can help us either in South America or North America or anywhere but we need help. Please . I cannot function normally, my mind…. It has been like hell
12/17/15 – E-Mail from D.B. (Remaining Anonymous)
Thanks for your article anyway, well written, dispassionate and very informative.