Drink employed in ritual therapy and master plant, since unmemorable time. It is made of two plants:

  • Banisteriopsis Caapi (Ayahuasca) Malpiguiaceas liana family. Active principle: harmaline, harmine, tetrahydroharmine. Part used: crushed lianas.
  • Psychotria Viridis (Chacruna) shrub of Rubiaceae botanical family. Active principle: Dimethyltryptamine. Part used: leaves.

Both plants are boiled in water for several hours, giving three waters which are then refined.
Depending on the criteria of each vegetalista and the cases to be treated, other plants can be added.

Active ingredients of the Banisteriopsis caapi, by inhibiting the segregation of the endogenous enzyme Mono Amine Oxidase (MAO), responsible for the disintegration of the Dimethyltryptamine (DMT), allow DMT to get into the bloodstream, brain and the central nervous system, leading to an Expanded State of Consciousness.

DMT is considered a neurotransmitter that produces dreams during sleep in mammals.
According to Amazonian traditional understanding, Ayahuasca is the Master Plant (the teacher), while Chacruna is the plant painting the the visions' colours.