5 Things You Should Know About Iboga

Iboga Shrub

Iboga Shrub

 
1. Iboga is a tool. Iboga is a visionary plant medicine that is on this earth for all who seek it. Iboga is not a magic bullet and it is important to meet it halfway. You can learn from it and use the spirit of iboga’s help and guidance to heal on a physical, mental and spiritual level.

 

 
“Think of your brain as like a hard drive on a computer. Iboga is like the software that de-programs the hard drive and gets rid of viruses. It processes through all of the prior information (past traumas, belief systems, learned behavior…). It is a re-set so the new programming can take effect.”
– Gary Cook, Shamanic Iboga Provider at Iboga Wellness Center, Costa Rica

 

 
2. Know your facility/provider. Do research on where you would like to take your journey and go with a place you resonate with. Take the time to read different facilities’ websites, listen to testimonials and look at pictures of the facility. Most importantly, ask hard questions. Will you be guided through a journey or will you be just monitored by medical staff? How much experience does the provider have? If those things are important to you, definitely ask. And remember, how you are treated before your retreat is a direct reflection of how you will be treated during your experience.

 

 
“I love it when people call or email with a lot of questions about iboga and our facility. It really shows that they are taking it seriously. I want them to know as much as they can because trust is so important when a person is being guided through the experience.”
– Jeanie Blend, Director of Guest Services at Iboga Wellness Center
 

 

3. Safety first. Ask if a facility has medical supervision and how far away the nearest hospital is for your own peace of mind. There are some exclusions that would make a person not a good candidate to take iboga such as heart problems, certain medications, pregnancy and very high liver enzymes. Every center may have a different safety protocol so it is important to find out what that protocol is.

 

 
4. Set your intention. It is important to want to undergo an iboga experience 100%. Think about why you would like to take iboga and life questions you may have about yourself. Go into it with a willingness and an open mind without distractions. It should be noted that people should not be coerced into taking iboga, it is a choice that only that person can make.
 

 

5. Normal physical effects. Some normal effects include possible nausea, temporary vomitting, dizziness, a faster heart rate, light sensitivity, some sweating and cold hands and feet. Some people feel all of these symptoms and some people don’t. These effects are just part of the process and all are normal. However, it is important to not have expectations about how your actual journey should go. Some people have more of a visual journey and for some people it is more of a day-dream type introspection that takes place. Just go with the flow.
 
 

Though everyone’s experience is different, we are all searching for the same thing – happiness and peace.  Each of us will will take a different path to get there but we will all arrive at the same place inside.  Iboga is used in a ceremonial, sacred, spiritual and traditional setting which allows for this deep and profound process.  Iboga is an incredible teacher plant that helps us to zoom out of our lives and to be a witness of who we are and life around us. Once you embrace your happiness and who you are on a deep level this journey called life becomes simple and clear.  Iboga is an amazing tool to help you get to this place.
-Written by the Iboga Wellness Center Team

Iboga / Ibogaine Aftercare – Acceptance

Iboga Aftercare

Iboga Aftercare


Practicing Acceptance

Whether you have undergone an iboga journey for addiction, depression or for personal exploration at Iboga Wellness Center, there are a few principles you will have learned that can be put into practice in everyday life for your own happiness. Acceptance is one of those principles that we will touch on in this post. Please see our other “Aftercare” blog posts where we touch on many other helpful principles.

We all have that acquaintance, family member, boss or co-worker that can really get under our skin. We ask ourselves, “Why are they like that?” “Why did they do that?” “How can I make them change?” But the real question is, “is it their fault or my fault that I am upset about it?” The answer is never easy to hear but simply put, it is your fault. We each have to take responsibility for our own feelings and thoughts. You only have control over yourself and how you react to things. You have no control over other people. So instead of trying and failing to change them which will only hurt you, just accept them and their actions. Is it really that simple? Yes, it is. By not accepting them and their actions you will only accomplish one thing, destroying your own peace.

Acceptance is just one truth and lesson of many in what we call the “Art of Living Life” at Iboga Wellness Center. So the next time you find yourself upset or disappointed with another person, try practicing some acceptance and before you know it, it will be a habit. And always remember that life is a gift. Love yourself enough to live your life being happy.

“When I accepted the things I couldn’t change, they were no longer problems, just facts to deal with accordingly” – unknown

Depression and Losing Control

iboga and depression

losing control of your own thoughts

People from all walks of life come to the Iboga Wellness Center. Some people come for problems with addiction, depression, anxiety or all the above and everything in between. All of these problems are manifestations of one larger, underlying core issue which is losing control of your own thoughts. Instead of focusing on the “why” (such as chemical imbalances or past trauma), it can be beneficial to focus on the solution.

Iboga does many things to the body and brain physically speaking, but it is important to realize the mind, body, soul connection since they are all dependent on each other. Reconnecting with yourself and your soul is necessary to heal. This is one of the things that iboga can help with.

At Iboga Wellness Center we talk a lot about regaining the power of controlling your thoughts. It is something that becomes a habit once people realize that your thoughts are like trains coming and going at a train station. You can choose which train to get on and which train to let pass. You have the power to choose whether that process is very complicated or very simple. During an iboga retreat you can learn so much about yourself and break the cycle of negative thinking. The process can have its ups and downs but one thing is for sure, it is worth it.

Life is too short to not live it to its fullest. Living life is an art.

Chronic Pain and Iboga / Ibogaine

iboga / ibogaine for painThere are two indole alkaloids within the iboga root that have been studied for treating pain. The two alkaloids that have shown the highest analgesic effects are Tabernanthine and Ibogaine. This is also a reason why the use of the iboga root total alkaloid extract (TA) can be more useful than Ibogaine alone. This can be an alternative to morphine and other narcotics that have the potential to cause respiratory depression as well as addiction. In fact, iboga is considered an “anti-addictive” substance. We have noticed many people that came to an iboga retreat for addiction, spiritual exploration or depression and they have noticed that any chronic pain also suddenly was better.

Below is a link to a patent that was filed for the use of iboga for analgesia:

http://worldwide.espacenet.com

Iboga / Ibogaine Aftercare – Staying Clean

freedomSo I talked about this last night at our Bwiti Iboga Fire Ceremony here at the Iboga Wellness Center. We talk about lots of things during ceremony, mostly just about life, thats what Bwiti is: The Study of Life. Bwiti is not a religion like you may read on the internet. Its just a way of life, its how we live here at our center and how they live back in Gabon, Africa.

So during ceremony I talked about my Golden Key to staying clean. This is the biggest one of them all, TRUST ME, I know. So after people come here and detox off drugs with Iboga, the battle is only half way done. The next step is to go inside yourself and find your underlying issues, we use Iboga to achieve this, to find your naked truth. This is how and when you can find your inner peace. Ok so thats great! but now how do you keep that, keep that inner peace? I will tell you, from here on out, anytime something comes up in life, something hard or something you don’t want to deal with, you can’t push it off until tomorrow. You have to deal with it THAT day before you go to sleep. You see, if you just say “ahh I’ll just deal with it tomorrow…” It never goes away…and then when you let another issue pile up on top of the last one, then another…it piles up until your FUCT. At that point there are just to many things going on in your mind and you will break, snap, say fuck it, I can’t deal with this shit no more…Then that little voice, that monkey on your back, Mr Brownstone, he’ll start calling you and calling you until you give in. Trust me, I know. So think easy and live easy. Life will be throwing challenges at you for the rest of your life, you can not escape that…You just need to know how to handle it…then its a piece a cake – Pura Vida by Jeff Cook

Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) and Iboga / Ibogaine

Post Acute Withdrawal SyndromeMany people are aware of the first stage of withdrawal when detoxing from drugs and/or medications such as opiates. But doctors and rehabilitation centers may not educate patients on the second stage of withdrawals which is called Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome or PAWS for short. During this stage you’ll have less intense physical symptoms, but more emotional and psychological withdrawal symptoms.

Post-acute withdrawal occurs because your brain’s receptor sites are repairing, your brain chemistry still isn’t at normal levels. When a person becomes addicted to opiates, their brain doesn’t make as many receptor sites that control pleasure. It does this due to the body’s defense mechanism since the brain was being flooded with opiates continuously. This lack of pleasure is also called dysphoria. As you heal, the levels of your brain chemicals fluctuate as they approach the new equilibrium causing post-acute withdrawal symptoms.

The Symptoms of Post-Acute Withdrawal

The most common post-acute withdrawal symptoms are:

• Mood swings

• Anxiety and/or panic attacks

• Irritability and feelings of hopelessness

• Physical and mental fatigue

• Variable energy

• Low enthusiasm and motivation

• Decreased concentration

• Disturbed sleep

Post-acute withdrawal can be challenging. In the beginning, your symptoms will change minute to minute and hour to hour. Later as you recover further they will disappear for a few weeks or months only to return again. There is no obvious trigger for most episodes and symptoms can come and go throughout the day. Post-acute withdrawal symptoms can last for 2 years depending on the individual and damage that was done to the body. It is important to know this because it is easy to get frustrated when symptoms linger, which increases relapse rates.

Treatment Option for Post-Acute Withdrawal

There is an option for treatment of PAWS with the use of Iboga, an herb that possesses powerful anti-addictive properties. Iboga can help a person physically by detoxing their body of residual chemicals. It also binds to receptor sites in the pleasure center of the brain, the same part of the brain that most addictive drugs affect. Iboga can help you mentally and spiritually by allowing you to work on underlying issues that is causing the addictive behavior. Iboga stays in an individual’s system for months, which is a critical time and when most relapses happen. Iboga can be a powerful tool to aid a person through these though times.

PAWS is also a reason why Iboga Wellness Center offers a 30 day program for people that have been on longer acting opiates or people that have many years of opiate abuse. Please see our protocol for Suboxone and Methadone iboga treatments.

Iboga / Ibogaine for PTSD

Iboga for PTSD

Iboga for PTSD

How can iboga / ibogaine help with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? People that have gone through the iboga process to work on their PTSD describe the experience as comparable to 10 years of therapy compacted into a week. Iboga gives you a chance to go deep. It not only helps with detoxing the body, but the mind as well. As long as the person is open and willing to work on themselves, iboga is a powerful tool. Many people have said that it gave them a chance to relive a traumatic event from an observer’s point of view. During a retreat they were able to forgive and move on, experiencing closure for the first time. Also, it gave their body a chance to detox from anti-depressants that they have tried with no success. Every person has a unique life, therefore every person has a unique journey.

Trust and the Iboga Journey

Iboga Wellness Center

The amazing Iboga Journey


Trust is a very important component to having an amazing, life-changing iboga retreat. When you trust your provider and feel like your are in a safe and comfortable environment, you will calm your mind and focus on the “task at hand”. The task is connecting to your soul and finding out your true life path. It is to de-program from past beliefs and learned behavior and re-program yourself into a new, positive way of life.

It is important to research iboga and ibogaine facilities with that in mind. You should ask yourself, “Where would I be most comfortable?” and “Which facility do I resonate the best with?” and go with your heart. A good iboga or ibogaine retreat center will take the time to answer all of your questions and concerns. The more questions you ask and the more research you do, will help ensure yourself that you are making the correct choice. Some people may feel more comfortable with a medical facility, others may feel more comfortable with a shamanic center, or a mix of both. Trusting the provider that will guide you, will help with unblocking your mind from fear. Being guided through an iboga journey can be a priceless self adventure and should always be done in a positive, tranquil environment.

Activating the Pineal Gland / Third Eye with Iboga / Ibogaine

Third Eye

Pineal Gland

The pineal gland, also known as the Third Eye or the Seat of the Soul, is a small gland inside your brain that secretes hormones like melatonin, serotonin and DMT (Dimethyltryptamine). It also contains rods and cones similar to the human eye. Melatonin and serotonin are responsible for sleep and meditative states, emotional states of well-being such as pleasure and euphoria. DMT effects range from time dilation and spiritual travel or journeying.

Cleaning up the pineal gland is useful for those wishing to develop their multidimensional perception, for further spiritual exploration. Although there have not been any studies proving that iboga can de-calcify the pineal gland, Iboga is used as a tool to detoxify the body and mind. Iboga is a visionary plant medicine. An awakened third eye brings the ability to consciously speak with your soul for those that are ready to listen.

It is said that when the pineal gland or third eye is awakened, one is able to see beyond space time into time space….even go to the beginning of time. You can see the truth for yourself, with your own eyes. It raises the frequency on which one operates and moves one into a higher consciousness. When you experience iboga, you will actually feel your vibration increasing. You will feel the “iboga buzz” in your body and hear it in your ears.

While the physiological function of the pineal gland has been unknown until recent times, many traditions and shamans have long known this area to be the connecting link between the physical and spiritual worlds. The Bwiti from Gabon, Africa have used Iboga for hundreds of years to do just that. During an iboga journey, a person is given Iboga to enter the spiritual world where they can connect with ancestors, explore their own soul and see the beginning of time itself.

Iboga / Ibogaine for Depression, Anxiety & PTSD

Iboga for DepressionIboga for PTSD, Anxiety, and Depression
People from all walks of life come to the Iboga Wellness Center. Some people come for problems with addictions, depression, anxiety, PTSD, belief systems, or all the above and everything in between. All of these problems are manifestations of a one larger, underlying core issue which is losing control of your own thoughts and how we perceive them. Instead of focusing on the “why” (such as making decisions based on past trauma and reliving them over and over or past trauma belief systems around who we are), it can be beneficial to focus on the solution. What do we want rather than what do we not want.

Iboga heals many things in the body and brain physically speaking, but it is important to realize the mind, body, soul are connected and all a part of who we are. Iboga does have the properties to reset our brain chemistry back to the proper baseline state. Reconnecting with yourself, soul and managing the mind is necessary to heal. Iboga goes to work on all 3 mind, body, and soul.

At Iboga Wellness Center we talk a lot about regaining the power of managing your thoughts and what we do with our thoughts. It is something that becomes a habit once people realize that your thoughts are like trains coming and going at a train station. You can choose which train to get on and which train to let pass. You have the power to choose whether that process is very complicated or very simple. During an iboga retreat you can learn so much about yourself and break the cycle of negative thinking. The process can have its ups and downs but one thing is for sure, learning to manage the mind is the most important skill we can learn.

Shamans and Science

The use of psychedelic substances in the treatment of conditions such as depression, post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, addiction, and schizophrenia have been studied extensively by scientists around the world. Some recently published studies have tested the use of LSD to treat alcoholism and the use of MDMA to treat post traumatic stress. One substance in particular that has been studied in a wide range of areas is Ibogaine, which is one isolated alkaloid within the iboga TA or iboga rootbark.

Research studies regarding the use of psychedelics for the treatment of mental disorders and conditions are making a comeback, and the results thus far are more than promising. Shamans and indigenous tribes have known of the healing properties of their sacred herbs for centuries, but now science may be catching up with what has always been known by shamans. Scientists tend to focus on synthetic psychedelics and observe changes in the brain regarding neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin and document various physiological and behavioral changes. Shamans, by contrast, offer a spiritual approach based around working with the “spirit of the plant” and “breaking open one’s mind” to help achieve the individual’s goals of increased wellness. Spirituality is commonly left out of any scientific study, but shamans know there is a direct connection between the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of a person as a whole. The difference in the schools of thought between science and shamanism may never mesh, but each new study conducted and published is a step in the right direction to help educate and spread awareness.

The Iboga Therapy Process

It is important for any potential participant in iboga therapy to understand that partaking in a psycho-spiritual therapy to treat depression, anxiety, PTSD, or other mental health concerns doesn’t result in an instant solution. Iboga and Ibogaine are not “magic pills” that relieve all symptoms and struggles. While the properties of iboga and ibogaine can prove instrumental in sparking realizations, and aiding in the process of reprogramming thought patterns, it is merely one part of the entire experience.

The best results of an iboga therapy come when the participant is committed to the process, and prepared to maintain an open mind and heart while focusing on being an active player in their own healing. Each individual’s process can look different. Some may experience an immense amount of progress in a short period of time, while others need more time. No journey with iboga is the same, which is normal and expected. The best way to describe iboga is a “tool” for helping yourself. At Iboga Wellness Center, we view iboga as more of a visionary herb healing plant instead of a “psychedelic”. We treat people on a mental, physical and spiritual level. Providing attention to all three are important and necessary during the iboga therapy process.

Iboga for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

How can iboga treatment help with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? People who have participated in the iboga process to work through PTSD often describe the experience as comparable to 10 years of therapy compacted into a week. Many people who have undergone iboga treatment in the hopes of easing symptoms of PTSD, have said that the process gave them a chance to relive a traumatic event from an observer’s point of view. During the retreat they were able to process the situation from a different perspective, forgive, and release the pain of the traumatic event. The iboga process helped them to move on, and experience closure for the first time. While each individual’s journey is different when processing PTSD, iboga has proven a beneficial step in many of our guest’s experiences.

 

Iboga for Anxiety and Depression

Iboga therapy has been known to assist many individuals with their journey with overcoming anxiety and depression. Iboga treatment not only helps with detoxing the body, but the mind as well. For those approaching the iboga process with an open mind and willingness to work on themselves, it can be a powerful tool to aid in a path to increased wellness. Participants can explore the roots of each of these inflictions with a deep focus to determine what needs to be released and the path to move forward in a safe and supportive space. Additionally, experiencing the iboga process can provide a detox process for the body to rid itself of any anxiety or anti-depression medication that had been previously taken to work on these struggles. Life is too short to not live it to its fullest. Living life is an art. Iboga is here to teach us about ourselves in a deep way and show us how to live our best life.