Ayahuasca Planta

Risks and contraindications of Ayahuasca

Ayahuasca is not for everyone, it is a very deep experience, we must have a clear intention of why we want to submit the body, mind and soul to such a complex concoction.

It can be tried just out of curiosity, of course, however, keep in mind that the first thing that attacks Ayahuasca are fears and traumas, so if you do not have a clear intention, it is better not to perform an Ayahuasca ceremony.

The main contraindication is not wanting to take it and doing it under pressure. Also, according to medical studies, if you are taking anti-depressants and have hereditary psychological problems or psychological problems such as schizophrenia, you should not risk it.

Ikaro Ayahuasca Retreat is a responsible organization with all its patients. For greater security we have the services of a 24-hour hospital and also a basic team of emergency medical equipment and well-trained first aid coordinators. A requirement to book with us is that you bring a certificate from your doctor that proves the good condition of your heart and also adequate mental health.

If you do not have this medical certificate, we will go to a private clinic where a specialist will perform a cardiac and psychological examination. This exam has an additional cost of 50 USD. (If you feel that you are not physically well and want more security, request a medical examination).

Information prior to taking Ayahuasca and Wachuma.

Patients dependent on any type of medicine, vitamin or supplement prescribed by a doctor should consult their doctor before consuming medicinal sacred plants. If you want to stop your medication to participate in the Ayahuasca or Wachuma ceremonies. Talk to your doctor before the retreat. You should not use medications such as pills, injections of any kind, contraceptives, thyroid and other medications not mentioned in this document. Other substances that you cannot consume at least 1 week before an Ayahuasca retreat

Prescription Drugs

2 weeks leading up to the Ayahuasca ceremony; we strongly suggest that you stop the following prescription drugs:

  • Antidepressants like SSRIs.
  • MAO-inhibitors.
  • Sleep medications.
  • Barbiturates.
  • Alpha- and beta-blockers.

Street Drugs

These includes:

  • Cocaine.
  • Alcohol.
  • Cigarette.
  • Amphetamines.
  • Heroin.
  • Cannabis.
  • MDMA.
  • Ecstasy.
  • LSD.


You cannot be part of an Ayahuasca ceremony, if you have?

Heart problems

If you suffer from tachycardia, murmur, pacemaker, surgery or other heart ailment, you cannot ingest Ayahuasca. If you are in treatment with prescription drugs for serious health problems, infectious diseases or contagion, avoid doing Ayahuasca. If you are a consumer and have consumed cocaine 1 day before ingesting Ayahuasca, this would cause death by cardiac arrest, or it could give you a stroke. Be honest with us because your life comes first. Inform us, to avoid problems and setbacks before taking Ayahuasca or Wachuma. When you complete your 2-week diet and adhere to our guidelines, you will have no problem experiencing Ayahuasca. For more information, read Ayahuasca Restrictions and recommendations.

Other illness.

Those people who suffer from high or low blood pressure, schizophrenia or other health conditions listed above, or any vulnerable condition that has been previously diagnosed. Includes advanced diabetes and pregnancy Ayahuasca or Wachuma should not be taken. If you use inhibitors of the nervous system, antipsychotics, have epilepsy, stroke or serious cancer, you should not take Ayahuasca or Wachuma.Mental illness.

If you are undergoing treatment for mental illness, you should consult your doctor. You must authorize the consumption of Wachuma or Ayahuasca. You should know that you must stop taking all kinds of medications, contraceptives or treatments that alter your mental stability at least 1 week before the ritual.

Liver disease, or others not mentioned.

If you have liver disease and are receiving medical treatment with pills. If you had a recent operation in any part of the digestive system less than 3 months ago (when you make an effort to vomit you can untie or break the surgery). You will not be able to do Ayahuasca.

Sensitivity to tobacco.

Please consider the organic tobacco that the Master Shaman uses in the ceremony is an integral part of the treatment and frequently used by the Shamans during the Ayahuasca ritual. If you have allergies or are hypersensitive to tobacco smoke, you should inform us before making your reservation or journey to the Ayahuasca center. You may request private service of Ayahuasca and the Shaman will not use tobacco.

The contraindications of Ayahuasca be taken very seriously

Ikaro Ayahuasca Retreat is not a health center or hospital, therefore we do not have a sophisticated equipment to attend an emergency, if you are not in good health. The Ayahuasca Retreat where we practice the Ayahuasca rituals is 40 minutes from the nearest hospital. We cannot be held responsible for your personal negligence. You must inform us of any health problems before making your reservation. Clients who cannot consume Ayahuasca or Wachuma, can choose other ancient rituals such as: coca leaf reading, negative energy cleansing ritual, flowering bath, offerings to the Mother or use the retreat to practice yoga and meditation.