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The personal history of a patient - July 2018

The personal experience of a patient at the final stage of the Ayahuasca-assisted treatment for addiction carried out at the Takiwasi Center. The addiction treatment protocol proposed here is adapted to people proceeding from different contexts and cultures. Many of the people who arrive at the Takiwasi Center have unsuccessfully tried several conventional treatments with pharmaceuticals before deciding to turn to plants. In this patient’s opinion conventional treatments are ineffective in addressing the issues that are at the root of the addiction problem.

Author : Gary Saucedo

Audio : English

Subtitle : Español, Français, Italiano

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Ayahuasca Treatment Outcome Project - ATOP Peru - May 2018

The Ayahuasca Treatment Outcome Project - ATOP is an international research project that started in 2013, in which several countries have been collaborating such as Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Peru. The objective is to systematically evaluate the therapeutic effects and the effectiveness of the treatment of addictions based on the articulation of traditional Amazonian medicine, including the use of ayahuasca, and modern psychotherapy.
We are now launching a fundraising campaign to cover all the expenses related to the project ATOP Peru for the years 2018, 2019 and 2020, thus including the stages of final data collection (during treatment and follow up), data analysis and publication of the results.
More information: ATOP

Author : Miguel Palomino

Audio : English

Subtitle : English, Español, Français, Italiano, Cesky

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Takiwasi Center - Research Department - April 2018

The Scientific Research Department of the Takiwasi Center is focused primarily on two main areas: the Clinical Area and the Medicinal Plants Area in collaboration with the Research & Development Unit of Takiwasi’ s Natural Products Laboratory.
The clinical protocol of Takiwasi is based on the combination of psychotherapeutic techniques with tools derived from Traditional Amazonian Medicine, including the ritual use of medicinal plants. The Natural Products Laboratory develops with commercial purpose herbal medicines based on local ancestral knowledge. Both activities have been developed over time, allocating little resources to the scientific dissemination of the results, despite the high value of the same and the great interest on our work on the part of international researchers.
The Scientific Research Department is now under the responsibility of PhD Matteo Politi, Italian Ethnopharmacologist. We are available to evaluate all forms of collaboration, such as welcoming students or researchers, participating in congresses and collaborating for publications, that point at traditional medicines in the broadest sense of the word, states of consciousness, health resources, while at the same time encompassing very different disciplines (botany, clinic, chemistry, anthropology, archeology, psychology, musicology, etc.).

Author : Gary Saucedo

Audio : English

Subtitle : English, Español, Français, Italiano

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The spiritual dimension in the work with sacred plants - April 2018

Interview with Veronika Kavenská during the Congress Sacred Plants in the Americas, February 2018. In traditional Amazonian medicine the spiritual dimension is considered as real as the material world or the internal psychological world. The healers take advantage of the contact with the spiritual world for a deeper understanding of the patient's problems and to search for possible tools of healing. The spiritual dimension is not separated from the treatment of psychological or physical problems, instead these are linked and related. Watch the full lecture: The spiritual dimension in the work with sacred plants

Author : Chacruna

Audio : Spanish

Subtitle : English, Español

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Evaluating the efficacy of Traditional Amazonian Medicine in relieving depression and anxiety - April 2018

Cécile Giovannetti is one of many health professionals who for the last 25 years have been interested in the work of the Takiwasi Center to develop their research.
Cécile's project is complementary to the Ayahuasca Treatment Outcome Project - ATOP Perú and aims to evaluate the efficacy of Traditional Amazonian Medicine, Ayahuasca and psychotherapy, in relieving depression and anxiety in patients undergoing the residential addiction treatment. This study is part of her Master's thesis in Public Health at the Faculty of Medicine, Charité University, Berlin, Germany.

Author : Miguel Palomino

Audio : English

Subtitle : Español, Français, Italiano

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Crowdfunding ATOP - Coming soon - March 2018

The Ayahuasca Treatment Outcome Project - ATOP is an international research project that started in 2013 in which several countries have been collaborating such as Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, among others. The objective is to systematically evaluate the therapeutic effects and the effectiveness of the treatment of addictions based on the articulation of traditional Amazonian medicine, including the use of ayahuasca, and modern psychotherapy. The aim of this crowdfunding is to raise enough money to cover all the expenses related to the project for the years 2018, 2019 and 2020, thus including the stages of final data collection (during treatment and follow up), data analysis and publication. Visit the official ATOP page.

Author : Miguel Palomino

Audio : Spanish

Subtitle : English

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The meeting of knowledges - February 2018

Structured around five episodes recorder in Latin America, the documentary series "The way of the plants" gives an account of the complexity of the debate around symbolic plants. Aurélie Marques and Louis Bidous are the directors of this project. On the outskirts of the Peruvian Amazon, in the Takiwasi Center, addicts from all over the world come together looking for a new treatment based on herbal care, psychotherapy and living together. In this episode, we explore the origins of drug addiction, the combination of conventional and traditional medicine, the power of visionary plants, the transformation of shamanic practices and scientific research on indigenous knowledge. This is a first trailer. More information on the web site: La Voie des Plantes

Author : Aurélie Marques, Louis Bidous

Audio : English

Subtitle : Français

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Interview with Jacques Mabit - January 2018

Interview with Dr. Jacques Mabit, MD and founder of the Takiwasi Center. Realized by Jean Damien Fleury in the environment of the botanical reserve of Takiwasi during the scheduled visits to the patients in condition of retreat/diet. Main topics approached include: traditional medicines and their use in modern times, curanderismo, spiritual search and drug addiction, among others. This video is part of the series "Encounters with remarkable men".

Author : Jean Damien Fleury

Audio : French

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Harvest of medicinal plants - 2018

Born as a strategic project to combine the conservation of the environment and the inclusive development of the indigenous communities, the Takiwasi Laboratory is now the productive unit of the Center, dedicated to Biotrade and the generation of added value in the sustainable use of Amazonian biodiversity resources. In order to produce high quality natural products, inspired by the ancestral knowledge of Traditional Amazonian Medicine, Takiwasi Laboratory works with families of agroforestry producers, in indigenous and mestizo communities, training them in the sustainable management of forest resources and guaranteeing a fair price for the harvest and care of medicinal plants, with a focus on the promotion of the women’s role. Through this strategy, Takiwasi also promotes the valorization and conservation of the Amazonian rainforest and ensures that the native communities gain control over their ancestral knowledge related to the use of medicinal plants. A close alliance has been developed with the association of medicinal plant producers "Ampik Sacha". One of the results of this work is the line of Amazonian infusions Sumak. More information: Takiwasi Laboratory

Author : Laboratorio Takiwasi

Audio : Spanish

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Ayahuasca use in the New Age context - September 2017

Speaker: Dr. Jacques Mabit. Founder and Executive President of the Takiwasi Center. Lecture delivered at the International Transpersonal Conference 2017, Track: Shamanism and Its Potential for Modern Man. Prague, Czech Republic. 29-09-2017. Interpreter: Susana Bustos, Ph.D. Over the last years, ayahuasca has come to represent the probably most widely-used substance in the context of the search for meaning and the mental health context on a global scale. This exponentially rising usage has so far mainly drawn on currents from the new-age movement, rather than on concepts from the scientific paradigm or from Judeo-Christian spiritual or religious traditions. Yet, some features of the new-age movement are in stark contrast to the traditional medicines paradigm, as well as to the indigenous groups this medicine originally stems from. We wish to highlight some of these contradictions, as well as the dangers and confusions they may hold. Another version of the video with slides: Ayahuasca use in the New Age context

Author : ITC 2017

Audio : Spanish

Subtitle : English

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