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Takiwasi - 30 years of healing - September 2022

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Takiwasi Center, we propose this documentary that offers a retrospective of these three decades of intense clinical work and research on traditional Amazonian medicines that have allowed the institution to become a national and international reference. From the initial objectives and the vocation of service, to the excellent clinical results recorded in the most recent scientific studies, the film presents the various facets of Takiwasi: the therapeutic community for the treatment of drug addiction, the offer of personal development retreats, the combination of Western and Amazonian medical resources, the construction of gateways between representatives of different cultures, spiritualities and knowledge, the development of natural products based on medicinal plants and the projects developed in collaboration with local indigenous communities.

Author : Thibault Luycx

Audio : Spanish

Subtitle : English, Français

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Video tribute to Dr. Rosa Giove - March 2022

Video tribute to the memory of Dr. Rosa Giove, co-founder of the Takiwasi Center. Her activity was developed as a clinical doctor, psychotherapist, healer, researcher, professor, consultant.

Author : Martin Huamán

Audio : Spanish

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Welcome to the Takiwasi center - Those who wanted to heal - January 2022

The Takiwasi Center combines Western psychotherapy and traditional Amazonian medicine. This excerpt, taken from the beginning of the documentary “Those who wanted to heal”, immerses us in the moving story of two of the protagonists, Dio and Fernando, who came to the center to find the path to healing.

Author : Aurèlie Marques, Louis Bidou

Audio : Spanish

Subtitle : Français

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Testimony of a patient of the Takiwasi Center - September 2021

Luis is a 23-year-old from the town of Chazuta in the Amazon region of San Martin, Peru. He came to Takiwasi to get out of his addiction to drugs, mainly PBC and cocaine, and successfully completed a 9-month treatment which combines the use of medicinal plants and psychotherapy. Despite having relatives that are considered healers and use Ayahuasca, he tried this sacred brew for the first time only once he entered Takiwasi. This experience helped him open his eyes to his problem and facilitate certain changes within him, starting with learning to ask for forgiveness and allowing him to approach spirituality again. This is his testimony.

Author : Fabio Friso

Audio : Spanish

Subtitle : English, Français, Italiano

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Cat's Claw - Promoting Sustainable Development in the Peruvian Amazon - August 2021

The chain of sustainable use of the Cat's Claw contributes to conserving the forest where this medicinal plant grows and enhancing the immense heritage represented by the knowledge of traditional Amazonian medicine that is put at the service of the entire Peruvian population. The ancestral knowledge of the indigenous communities has allowed to know and study the great curative properties of the medicinal plants of the Amazonian rainforest. In the San Martín region of Peru, the native community of Chirik Sacha, together with the Association of Producers of Medicinal Plants "Ampik Sacha" and the Takiwasi Laboratory, has been using Cat's Claw, one of the Amazonian medicinal plants best known in the world, through a sustainable management plan.

Author : Lenin Quevedo

Audio : Spanish

Subtitle : English, Français

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Talking about plant spirits and ikaros - June 2021

A conversation about plant spirits and ikaros with Edgardo Tuanama, assistant healer at the Takiwasi Center. In the Peruvian Amazon, it is considered that a certain group of medicinal plants, known as master plants, have the power to teach and heal the individual through their spirit, which is responsible for transmitting to the healer also the ikaros or sacred songs that are used precisely for “call” the spirit of the plant and receive its help. Contribution for the event “Diálogos: Mente de las Plantas” organized by The Mind of Plants.

Author : Fabio Friso, Gary Saucedo

Audio : Spanish

Subtitle : English, Français

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Amazonian plants to help the spirit - May 2021

In the north of South America, the Amazonian people see nature as a higher entity that they call "Mother Earth" and collect plants for healing. The Amazon Basin crosses nine countries and spans seven million square kilometers. It stands on more than half of Peruvian territory and constitutes a huge open-air pharmacopoeia with free access for residents and researchers. A specific documentary on Takiwasi is part of the series "Amazonia, evils and plants". Written and directed by Emilie Grange.

Author : Emilie Grange

Audio : Spanish

Subtitle : Français

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Adopt an Ayahuasca - April 2021

At Takiwasi we have been planting Ayahuasca and other master plants for more than 25 years in our Botanical Reserve, a protected area of 54 hectares located inside the Cordillera Escalera conservation area. Our desire to protect and preserve Ayahuasca is also expressed through the advocacy work we carry out. We have been the main promoters of the recognition of Ayahuasca as "Cultural Heritage of the Peruvian Nation" in 2008. Support us and our conservation actions by adopting an Ayahuasca vine or another teacher plant.
More Information: Adopt an Ayahuasca

Author : Gary Saucedo

Audio : Spanish

Subtitle : English, Français, Italiano, Português

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Participation of researchers from the Takiwasi Center in the United Amazon Colloquium - April 2021

Researchers interested in issues related to the Amazon have been invited to the first edition of the United Amazon Colloquium, which was held on a virtual platform on March 31 and April 1, 2021. The Takiwasi Center has been represented by the scientific director Matteo Politi who presented the lecture "Biodiversity, traditional Amazonian medicine and benefit-sharing", and by the psychologist Uriel López Legaria who presented the lecture "Amazonian master plants in containment mode as a vehicle for accompaniment in therapeutic processes". Also included is this video presentation is the lecture by Tereza Rumlerová, PhD candidate, Department of Psychology, Palacky University, Czech Republic, who has carried out an investigation on the experience of the participants in the master plants diet at the Takiwasi Center.

Author : UNIDA - United fo the Development of the Amazon

Audio : Spanish

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Takiwasi: Traditional Amazonian Medicine and Mental Health - April 2021

Dr. Rosa Giove participated in the 4th Edition of the International Congress of Integrative Medicine with the presentation: "Takiwasi: Traditional Amazonian Medicine and mental health". Traditional Medicines have been in force since time immemorial and some of them are currently recognized and incorporated into health systems. Mental pathology is an important cause of morbidity and mortality, finding insufficient response in official medicine. This presentation aims to reveal the therapeutic potential of traditional Amazonian medicine for the treatment of addiction and mental health, based on the experience of the Takiwasi Center in the Peruvian Amazon.

Author : Asociación Profesional Española de Naturopatía y Bioterapia

Audio : Spanish

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