Within Amazonian shamanic culture, the use of master plants for knowledge and healing have been a part of tradition for thousands of years. Trees, shrubs and vines make up many of these master plants and they are known for their powerful teaching and healing effects.
Plants such as Ayahuasca, bobinsana, chiric sanango, ajo sacha, and chuchuhuasi are some of the perhaps best known. These plants can teach and heal the body in unique ways and each one has its own quality and vibration, some are well known for teaching visionary knowledge, others for creating energy in the body, some for cleansing and releasing and some for healing specific ailments, conditions or illnesses in the body.
The teachings of the plants are both powerful and subtle at the same time, they can communicate with you on a subconscious or conscious, insightful, dream, visionary, perceptive and awareness levels and they can work in your body on a cellular level as well as an outwardly level such as sweats or shaking.
The master plant will usually be ingested for the first 3 days, sometimes depending on circumstances this can be extended. After this time, you will have the next 7 days to be with the vibration of that plant within your body and during this time the master plant can start to reveal itself.
Master plants require a more stricter diet regime than Ayahuasca, the food regime that you would keep during this time is called a dieta. A dieta requires you to eat a very bland diet of food that has ‘no personality’ such as rice and lentils, this is due to the vibration of the food being consumed and it interfering with the vibration of the master plant that is being ingested. Usually you would only have food once per day, again to help you keep true to the vibration of the master plant. The food will be without any type of seasoning such as salt, pepper, herbs, which can all constitute to a change in vibration.
The environment that you are in within this time is very important, you should be kept in an environment that is away from all forms of interference as this can easily effect the communication of the plant with you. Being submerged completely in nature, within the jungle or forest is usual for a master plant dieta. You should be away from interference such as roads, houses, people, TV, mobile phones, Wi-Fi and anything that can emit a vibration. It is important you do not have interaction with humans as they can influence and interfere with your vibration and the vibration of the plant, so usually you will be visited once or twice a day by a shaman or facilitator who is aware of their own energy and projections and the process and vibrations that you are going through.
During this time, the plant will start to vibrate on a cellular level through the body and bring its healing or knowledge to you through dreams or visions or physical vibrations or sweats as stated above. It is also possible for the plant to teach you a song (icaro) which you can use to call the energy of the plant from, that icaro whenever sung from that time onwards at any time in your life will invoke the spirit of that plant and it will come to your aid. In essence you make an agreement with the plant, you create a connection with it that is always there, for as long as you live. The plant can also show you visions of its vibration which you can draw, in Shippibo culture many tapestries are sewn with the icaros and vibrations of these plants such as Ayahuasca or Chiric Sanango.
During these 10 days, you will also take part in Ayahuasca ceremonies and although Ayahuasca has its own vibration, in the context of dietas, it works as a connector to deeper levels with your master plant. Within these ceremonies and afterwards you can find deeper levels of connection with your master plant which will show you deeper levels of what makes you are, what you are made of, your strength, your soul, what is really important in your life, your connection to consciousness, your connection to love.
Dietas are something that is usually considered after taking part in an Ayahuasca ceremony where you are ready to experience the next level of evolution for your soul, for your connection to this world and to start understanding the connection your soul has with consciousness.
Master Plants and Their Uses
Below are some of the different master plants we use at our dietas and their qualities, please note there are other master plants that are used for specific conditions, so please contact us if you have a specific condition.
Ajo Sacha (Bignoniaceae) or (Mansoa alliacea) is the mildest of all the diets offered and does not necessarily require isolation. We do suggest a lot of self-reflection during this dieta nonetheless.
It invigorates and cleanses the body of negative energy and cleanse the blood, it will also cure fevers, colds and headaches, it is considered analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-rheumatic and is widely used to treat arthritis, rheumatism, body aches and pain, injuries, colds, uterine disorders, epilepsy, inflammation, and digestive issues such as Candida overgrowth. The indigenous elders of the Amazon consider the plant to have the power to be able to chase away negative spirits, and purify the body. It also opens up the psyche and other channels, allowing the Ayahuasca to integrate properly in the physical body thus providing a more beneficial experience with the medicine.
It is best used prior to or during a retreat, as it helps the body receive Ayahuasca with more ease and comfort. The dieta will consist of drinking a cold maceration of the roots, normally soaked in water for 12-24 hours. The diet consists of 1 dose for 3 consecutive days.
Chiri Sanango is a flowering shrub with white and purple flowers from the nightshade family. It is native to South America. In English, it is known by the common names Royal Purple Brunfelsa grandiflora, kiss-me-quick and yesterday-today-and-tomorrow. This dieta should be approached with total commitment and you should make sure to be away from any forms of interference and people.
Chiri Sanango is prescribed for colds and arthritis. The word “Chiric” in Quechua means ‘itchy’ or ‘tickling’, which refers to the sensation of the brew being swallowed and also to the feeling as it starts to integrate into the body. Chiri Sanango can help towards emotional healing, as it is associated with the sacral chakra. It can help to raise your self-esteem levels which in turn can affect the level of healing you grant towards yourself, as well as your state of mind towards yourself and others. It can also give you a better connection to all living things, in turn which can provide you with better clarity to life. With this clarity, you can also start to feel more connectedness to others also. Some of the physical effects that may be felt include dizziness, chills, fatigue, and releasing of oppressed emotions. These are a direct result of the medicine cleansing the body of toxins and negative energies.
The Chiri Sanango diet will consists of isolation from all sources of interference. For each dose, three large roots are peeled and the shavings are soaked in water for up to 8 hours and then it is consumed over a period of 3 days.
Its other common names are Balata, Bobensana, Bushiglla, Capabo, Chipero, Kori-Sacha, Latin-Calliandra angustifolia. The bark, leaf and flower are usually used of this plant.
The properties of bobinsana are that it is an anti-rheumatic, anti-arthritic, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancerous(used to treat cancer), contraceptive, stimulant for the nervous system, purify, detoxify, it can also help to Induces dreams during sleep. If macerated into a tea it can be used for arthritis, rheumatism, minor pains, aches, fevers, uterine disorders and a general energy tonic. Bobinsana is also said to open the heart and give space for it to heal from intense grief, loss and sadness. It can also be added to Ayahuasca to help open the heart and for clearer visions through an Ayahuasca ceremony.
It is best used prior to or during a retreat, as it can help with clearer visions through an Ayahuasca ceremony. The dieta will consist of drinking a cold maceration of the bark, leaf or flower, normally soaked in water for 12-24 hours. The diet consists of 1 dose for 3 consecutive days.
Chuchuhuasi is from the Celastraceae family, some of its synonyms are Maytenus ebenifolia, M.laevis and M.macrocarpa. The Bark, root and leaves are all used within its treatment.
Indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest have been using the bark of chuchuhuasi medicinally for centuries. Its Peruvian name, chuchuhuasi, means “trembling back,” which refers to its long-standing use for arthritis, rheumatism, and back pain. It is also believed that it has an aphrodisiac quality. It can relieve pain and muscle aches and can help to “keep going” during long treks. Usually the bark is boiled down in water and then the decoction drunk for general aches and pains, rheumatism, sore muscles, menstrual pain, and stomach aches. It is also used as a muscle relaxant, aphrodisiac, and pain-reliever, for adrenal support and as an immune stimulant. In Peruvian herbal medicine systems, chuchuhuasi alcohol extracts are used to treat osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bronchitis, diarrhoea, haemorrhoids, and menstrual irregularities and pain.
The dieta will consist of drinking a boiled decoction of the bark. The diet consists of 1 dose for 3 consecutive days, but can be extended depending on the condition it is being used for.