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Medical Precautions

At Aya Madre a traditional form of Shipibo plant medicine is practiced. Upon arrival, Maestra Estela will access the condition of each guest and determine the best treatment for any health conditions and for optimal well-being. Please note that these recommendations may or may not include hallucinogenic plants such as Ayahuasca. Aya Madre reserves the unrestricted right to deny participation in Ayahuasca ceremonies for those who may not be a good fit for the medicine.


Below is a rough overview of who should not participate in Ayahuasca ceremonies, and some basic medical precautions. It is your responsibility to read through this information and other information about potential adverse effects of Ayahuasca with certain medications and conditions. This is not an exhaustive list and in no way represents professional medical advice. You are expected to be fully transparent with Aya Madre staff about any conditions you have or medications you are taking and consult with your general physician for any specific medical questions you may have.


For those:


  • with communicable or highly contagious diseases, unfortunately at this time we cannot accommodate these types of patients.


  • with heart conditions, diabetes or very high blood pressure, it is not recommended one takes Ayahuasca.


  • taking any form of prescription medication, it is recommended that you cease taking these medicines 2-6 weeks before arriving at Aya Madre (depending on the medicine). Please read through the full list here.


  • diagnosed with dis-associative psychiatric conditions (bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, etc), it is not recommended you take Ayahuasca. In addition, at this time we cannot accommodate these types of conditions.


  • users of “street drugs”, it is expected you cease consumption of any drug for at least two weeks before arrival. It is expected that you disclose any substance addiction in your reservation form. Violation of this policy will result in the immediate dismissal from Aya Madre.


We thank you in advance for your thoroughness and seriousness with regard to these sacred medicines. Here at Aya Madre we want to ensure that the well-being of all is considered, and avoid any unnecessary risks. As Maestra Estela says, “there is a plant for everything,” and it's not always Ayahuasca.

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