Amazon Jungle, an hour south of Iquitos, Peru, September 14, 2013 - A view of the medicines of shaman Percy Garcia Lozano at Dios Ayahuasca Sanaciones (DAS) Ayahuasca Healing Center.
Ayahuasca is a hallucinogenic decotion made from the Banisteriopsis caapi vine, also known as Ayuhuasca or Caapi. The extracted liquid is mixed with leaves of DMT (dimethyltryptamine) - containing plant, such as Psychotria viridis, known locally as chacrona. It has been reported that some effects can be had from consuming the caapi vine alone, but that DMT-containing plants (such as Psychotria) remain inactive when drunk as a brew without a source of monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as B. caapi. How indigenous peoples discovered the synergistic properties of the plants used in the ayahuasca brew remains a mystery, though indigenous Amazonian people say they received the instructions directly from plants and plant spirits.
People who have tried ayahuasca say they have undergone spriritual revelations, including giving them greater understanding as to the meaning of life and their purpose on Earth. After purging (vomiting that occurs shortly after consuming the ayahuasca that is believed to be a purging of negative energy) many claim to be visited by the plants goddess who leads the participant on their discovery.