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:

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 and Anxiety

Iboga for Depression
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, now science may be catching up with what has always been known by shamans. The difference in the schools of thought between science and shamanism may never mesh, but the more studies that are conducted and published is a step in the right direction to help spread awareness and in turn, enable many more people to get the help they need. At Iboga Wellness Center, we view iboga as more of a visionary herb instead of a “psychedelic”. We treat people on a mental, physical and spiritual level. We feel that all three are important and necessary.

Whereas scientists tend to focus more on synthetic psychedelics and observe changes in the brain regarding neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin and document various physiological and behavioral changes, shamans offer a spiritual approach regarding working with the “spirit of the plant” and “breaking open one’s mind” to help the individual. 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. There are many psychedelic substances that science has researched to treat conditions such as depression, post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, addiction, schizophrenia and more. 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.

Psycho-Spiritual Therapy to treat the Western World for Treating Depression and Anxiety

Iboga and Ibogaine are not “magic bullets”, it is not as simple as ingesting a pill and all symptoms are gone. It definitely takes work and an individual has to be committed to trusting the process and listen to their soul without distractions. Every single person is unique, no two journeys are the same. When you hear people say that their iboga experience was like 10 years of therapy in one night, some people do experience that. Some people have life reviews and identify negative thought and behavioral patterns, where those patterns started and why. Some people have a slower “de-programming” process, and that is okay too. Iboga is an herb that was put on this earth to help anyone that is ready. The best way to describe iboga is a “tool” for helping yourself.

Opiate Addiction and Iboga / Ibogaine

opiate addiction

opiate addiction

Overdose deaths from OxyContin and other opioid prescription pain relievers have quadrupled in the last decade within the United States. Currently, these deaths now exceed the number of overdose deaths of heroin and cocaine combined, according to the CDC. Did you ever think you would live to see a day when annual auto accident deaths almost equal prescription pain reliever deaths? Welcome to 2012, the age of self-medicating and addiction that is literally taking over whole communities and generations…it truly is an epidemic. The statisitics are shocking and the scary part is that they are grossly under-reported due to autopsy reports not listing accurate causes of death on death certificates.

The Problem

OxyContin is Purdue Pharma’s brand for time released, oral oxycodone. It is basically pharmaceutical grade heroin and also know as “hillbilly heroin”. OxyContin is just as addictive as heroin but even deadlier since it is more pure, as the statistics show. Even when taken as prescribed by a person that has never before had addictive behavior, it will turn you into an “addict”. Not only that, but if taken for pain, studies have shown that the actual pain will end up getting worse due to a condition called opioid-induced hyperalgesia. Other side effects include kidney and liver damage, crippling addiction and the potential for lethal overdose. Also, just one pill can kill an individual that is not opioid tolerant. It really makes you wonder why this medication was released in the first place. Purdue Pharma actually pled guilty to a felony in 2007 and paid a $680 million fine for saying OxyContin was safer than other analgesic alternatives. Think about how many doctors bought into this idea before it came out that the statement was totally false. How many people did this company kill in the name of corporate greed?

People addicted to OxyContin will do just about anything to get the drug. There have been huge problems within states such as Florida, allowing pain clinics to prescribe OxyContin to just about anyone that says they are in pain. In some cases no x-rays or MRIs are required. Right now there are over 700 pain clinics operating in Florida, also known as “pill mills”. This has attracted many addicts from Kentucky and Tennessee to travel down the “pain pill pipeline” which is I-75, into Florida once a month to get their scripts. In fact, 60% of Kentucky’s OxyContin prescriptions come from Florida. This is making the epidemic even worse despite the fact that many of these clinics are getting raided by the DEA and shut down.

Time for Change

Florida is trying to change its laws to get these pill mills shut down. In March 2012, Ontario, Canada passed a law banning OxyContin. Cold-turkey started April 3, 2012 for those Canadians unlucky enough to be addicted to the drug, which is pretty much everyone that holds a prescription for it. The countdown begins to a very rude awakening once OxyContin bans go through. We believe it is just a matter of time before the United States follows suit, the statistics are just too staggering. It is pretty obvious that we have reached a turning point that needs to take place.

The Solution

So, what do these people do once an OxyContin ban goes through? Many will turn to heroin or other drugs, some will go to traditional rehabs, but the lucky ones will find Iboga. How can we make a statement like this you wonder? First of all, look at the statistics. Most people that go through a drug rehabilitation program end up relapsing. You can find different figures all over the internet, but sucesss rate range from 3% – 20%, depending on the demographic and website you look at. That is not a good figure. And although there aren’t many studies available yet showing Iboga/Ibogaine relapse rates, so far the results are promising…as long as a person is 100% ready to get clean for themselves and nobody else.

What is Iboga?

The Iboga root comes from the Tabernanthe Iboga shrub native to western Central Africa. Tribes in the area practice a tradition called Bwiti, in which they use the iboga root for rites of passage, initiations and for healings. The Bwiti have used iboga for the past 1,000 years and Bwiti Shamans are considered experts on the subject. The use of iboga and ibogaine (one of the alkaloids in the root) to treat opiate addiction was only recently discovered in the 1960s by a former drug addict that just happened to cure his heroin addiction by using iboga for recreational purposes. Iboga does cause some hallucinogenic symptoms in which the user may experience powerful visions. For example, many people that have used iboga have said that they experienced a life review where they were able to identify the point in time and the cause of negative thought or behavioral patterns and in turn, correct them.

What is Iboga Used For?

Iboga and Ibogaine are mostly used to treat and cure addictions of all kinds and to detoxify the body and mind. Opiate addiction is not the only addiction that is treated. Iboga has been shown to be successful in treating alcohol, nicotine and methamphetamine addictions as well. However, other U.S. patents exist to treat many other illnesses and conditions. Some of those conditions include: neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzhiemer’s, Parkinsons disease and dementia, depression, OCD, post traumatic stress disorder and criminal behavior. Many people have also reported on the successful relief of chronic pain and chronic fatigue. Iboga also has powerful antifungal and antiviral properties as well. The Bwiti have used iboga to treat infertility. We know what you are thinking, it sounds too good to be true. Or, if the iboga root can do all of that, why isn’t it used all of the world within the medical profession?

Ibogaine vs. Total Alkaloid Iboga (TA)

IBOGAThe Iboga Wellness Center is a shamanic healing facility that also has a medical doctor on staff. We administer the highest quality iboga in the TA (total alkaloid) form that has been grown naturally in the jungle. We do the extraction on the fresh rootbark ourselves to ensure the process is done correctly. After the extraction we take the TA powder and fill clear capsules so guests can swallow them without tasting the bitterness. The iboga shrubs we use are not harmed in the process and the harvesting involves a Bwiti Ceremony. Many people ask the question, “Why don’t you use Ibogaine?” Ibogaine is just one chemically isolated alkaloid from the second layer of the iboga root. 65% of the TA (total alkaloid) that we use consists of Ibogaine. However, there are at least 11 other alkaloids that have been identified, and many have healing properties. For example, there 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 a reason why the use of the iboga root total alkaloid extract (TA) can be more useful than Ibogaine alone. Iboga TA for treating pain 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.