Science shows: The effectiveness of Ayahuasca is comparable to several years of meditation.

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A recently conducted study as part of the Beckley scientific program (Sant Pau) under the leadership of Jorge Riba confirmed that the healing properties of Ayahuasca resemble another disciplined therapy with a long history: meditative practice (Soler et al., 2016).
When scientist Judson Brewer from Yale University conducted MRI analyses of the brains of people who meditated, he concluded that prolonged practices of this therapeutic discipline slow down the activity of the passive brain network responsible for the formation of our ego.
In science, this condition is called “decentering,” which practically means that the individual distances themselves from their self. In such a state, a person perceives their thoughts and feelings as if coming from outside, which weakens the emotional response and reduces the intensity of the reaction. People who meditate regularly and over an extended period can easily enter a state of decentering.

Experiments conducted during the acute phase of a person’s interaction with Ayahuasca on healthy volunteers confirmed that Ayahuasca reduces the activity of the main nodes of the passive brain network (Valle et al., 2016; Sampedro et al., 2017), which is responsible for the formation of our self (Vogt and Laureys, 2005). Additionally, the results of the studies indicate blood flow to specific brain regions responsible for controlling intellectual activities, regulating the emotional sphere, and memory (Riba et al., 2006; Sanches et al., 2016).

Studies have shown that the consumption of Ayahuasca induces a state of decentering similar to what can be achieved through meditative practices. The difference is that Ayahuasca can naturally bring about such a state in individuals after only a few sessions of interaction with the plant, whereas a similar effect through meditation requires years of intensive training.

Experimental data suggest that decentering increases throughout the day after consuming Ayahuasca: study participants demonstrated a greater willingness to accept mental experiences, reduced “internal reactivity,” and an increased ability to perceive their thoughts and experiences “from the outside.” These abilities persist for up to eight weeks after consuming the beverage (Sampedro et al., 2017).

In other words, even a few sessions with Ayahuasca can lead to profound internal changes reminiscent of years of meditation.

 

Source:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5869920/#B38

Additional articles on scientific studies on Ayahuasca:

Influence of Ayahuasca on Thinking and Other Brain Functions

Part 1: Ayahuasca Enhances Creative Thinking: Scientific Basis for Accessing the “Ocean of New Ideas”

Part 2: Ayahuasca Enhances Long-Term Logical Thinking Abilities and Attention through “Ego Dissolution”

Part 3: Ayahuasca brings the brain closer to Einstein’s genius through the thickening of the corpus callosum

 

 

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