Ayahuasca usually starts with a cleanse: the purification of your physical body. This is known amongst people in many parts of the Amazon as ‘La Purga’. You may have heard of the purging during a ceremony. This may entail considerable vomiting or even diarrhea. What fewer people know is that this is a cleansing process which will continue, though in a subtler form, even after the ceremony. Therefore, AyaCura recommends a diet for a period before and after the ceremony. The more diligently you follow the AyaCura diet recommendations before the ceremony, the easier the cleansing phase may be.
The MAO inhibitor we use in the holy medicine can lead to (serious) complaints in combination with certain foods. It is important to refrain from ingesting certain foods for at least 3, but preferably 7 days before the ceremony. Even after the ceremony, we recommend that you keep to this diet for 1 to 3 days.
We advise you to avoid animal based food.
Stop medication use, such as Antidepressants or anxiety suppressors.
Do you use supplements, medication or drugs? Please read our [Health and Ayahuasca] page for our recommendations.
NOTE: DON’T START THIS ON YOUR OWN, ALWAYS ASK FOR ADVICE AND HELP FROM YOUR DOCTOR.
Take enough rest. Take time to listen to your thoughts, feelings and body. Meditate, go wander in nature and let your phone and tv be, as much as possible. Your journey with Aya starts the minute you decide to join a ceremony.
Stop eating pork meat. Even better: Stop eating meat!
Lower the consumption of animal based food. Even better: Stop eating animal based foods.
No hard drugs, marihuana, LSD, of magic truffles / mushrooms. Try to stop drinking alcohol (drinking alcohol 4 days before ceremony is not allowed).
All the previously mentioned things, and if possible, no sexual activity.
Try to eat plant based food as much as possible.
Try minimising salt, pepper and spicy herbs usage.
Try to avoid coffee and other caffeine products such as energy drinks etc.
Avoid sugar consumption.
All of the previously mentioned and:
Old and perennial cheese, farmer cheese or other unpasteurized cheeses
Meat (very heavy on the stomach)
Fermented foods (Sauerkraut, soya, kimchi, vinegar , tempé
The following types of fruit: figs, bananas, pineapples, avocados, raisins, and plums.
Peanuts and take it easy on other nuts
LSA (morning glory and baby Hawaiian woodrose seeds)
MDA-related herbs (calamus and nutmeg)
Avoid too much caffeine (max. 1 cup a day, if you are really addicted to coffee).
St John’s wort
Certain medicines for cough, cold and hay fever that can be obtained without prescription such as: Otrivin and dextromethorphan-containing agents (Dampo, apoTab “Vicks”, Darolan et al.).
Other MAO-inhibiting products
Obviously, the whole list of contraindications.
On the day of the ceremony
Eat light. And don’t eat 4 hours before the ceremony time. (this means: eat the last meal at 14.00).You can drink water or herb teas the whole day.
What can you eat during your fast period?
2 or 3 days leading up to the ceremony: It is best to stick to a soup- and juice-based diet. Otherwise see list below.