Rodrigo Moreiras is a Brazilian independent researcher, that over two decades studied entheogens. Rodrigo received his psychology degree in 2004 from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica from Rio de Janeiro and his mastership in archaeology in 2015 from the department of anthropology of Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro/ UFRJ- National Museum. Since 2006 works with the Huni Kuin People of the Jordão river and is one of the founders of the ‘guardiões Huni Kuin’ group in Rio the Janeiro, and also the Institute Guardians of the Forest (IGF) and the TXAI (shamanic traditions of indigenous America).
Ayahuasca Therapics: traditional approaches on clinic
For over a decade the group entitled “Guardiões da Floresta” has hosting in Rio de Janeiro ayahuasca rituals with shamans of various tribes of the Amazon basin such as the Huni Kuin people from the Jordan river- Acre, Brazil. Some members are therapists, who decided to bring some of their own patients to the ceremonies. In time, the results have shown the improve of most the cases including some serious cases, that some people discourages the use of ayahuasca. The therapist in this case is just a copilot in this process, once the ritual and the medicines are ministered by the shaman, besides his performance, the chanting, healing techniques, smoking, as well the use of combined medicines such as kampu, sananga, snuff and xuru. The experience demonstrated the importance of combining the ritual and therapy for the patients, that described the relevance of the sessions after the ritual, where they could elaborate better the insights and the information obtained during the ceremony, and also is a way of the psychologist monitoring the effects in the following weeks. Finally, as ayahuasca therapists, we believe the context of its use is a fundamental key for an endurable and safe journey. A doctor do not have the same knowledge of an ancient shaman. Nevertheless, as therapists we must learn from the experts and develop our own tools creating an environment where the true healer, the plants, can manifested its power.
Ayahuasca: Traditional Knowledge in modern culture
Nowadays, most of the effort made on ayahuasca research focus on scientific perspectives, such as the functioning of chemical substances in the brain and the possible benefits in the healing of know diseases. Although its importance is undeniable, mainly in the way of ayahuasca acceptance in society, as well the pursuit of new clinic treatments, many of the of the modern approaches has been negligent with the traditional knowledge associated with consumption of ayahuasca, missing important aspects of it, such as shamanism, ritual and the utilization of combined substances (the snuff, sananga, kampu, tobacco and cannabis). The performance of the shaman, the chanting, healing techniques, smoking and baths take a central role in the process of the cure. Even if someone makes a ayahuasca pill, it will never contain the ancestral song of healing of the Huni Kuin, neither will a doctor or a psychologist have the knowledge of an ancient shaman. Therefore, is crucial to understand the importance of learning with traditional societies so the spirit of ayahuasca itself can manifest its true healing power.