The Medicines; Ayahausca, San Pedro (Huachuma), Kambo (Sapo), Coca and Cacao

San Pedro & Ayahuasca Ceremonies near Cusco, Peru

These plant medicines provide a connection with higher realms of consciousness and help us understand who or what we really are. They offer a platform for an individual to begin a life changing journey. 

Ayahuasca and San Pedro in particular offer opportunities for spiritual growth. Participants are free to explore the inner worlds of their psyche. The discovery of self-reveals so much that can change lives forever.

We facilitate, in comfort and safety, these magical medicines to create truly profound experiences.

We have found that through the practice of including these medicines in our diets we have come to a place of peace, understanding and acceptance for the world we live.

Tranquility and peace is a blessing we hope to share through your experience with us at Munay Medicine.

 Ayahuasca - The Amazonian Ally

Ayahuasca - plant medicine ceremonies Cusco, Peru

This extremely potent jungle medicine; Ayahuasca; translates as “the vine of the soul” or “the vine of the dead”. Regularly used as a part of healing, spiritual and other ceremonies throughout the upper amazon and beyond.

Ayahuasca is a brew made of two Amazonian jungle plants that work together to create the overall entheogenic effect. One plant contains dimethyltryptamine (DMT) and the other contains a monoamine oxidaze inhibiter (MAOI), which allows the DMT to take effect and avoid being quickly broken down by the stomach. The two plants are psychotria viridis (DMT) and banisteriopsis caapi (MAOI). It has been used for over 5 thousand years for physical, psychological and spiritual healing.

Ayahuasca is also known as “la purga” which translates to “the purge”. To indigenous cultures purging is a sacred act of liberation. it is when what no longer serves a person is let go of. the purge is a cleanse on a physical and psychological level.

Ayahuasca provides a profound spiritual experience in which a person may find meaning within their own life experiences. The medicine stimulates the psyche to reveal the subconscious, and through this process people discover whats truly important for themselves, sometimes one experience is enough to change an entire life of self depricating patterns into a harmonic growing experience free from old paradigms.

San Pedro / Huachuma

- Magical MescalineSan Pedro / Huachuma ceremonies, Cusco, Peru

Huachuma (better known by its Spanish name of San Pedro) is a type of mescaline cactus that grows in the Andes and famous for its psychedelic qualities and part of the Trichocereus species. It has a long history of indigenous use and regarded as a special plant teacher.

Our San Pedro medicine is prepared from individually selected cacti, chosen by genetics, as well as their medicinal qualities. San Pedro is prepared fresh for each retreat. Its an extensive process to prepare and has been perfected by Ken, who is pleased to share the medicine he has gained through many years of practice.

San Pedro is a teacher plant. When we participate with it, we are often found to experience personal growth and healing. San Pedro connects us to nature and the manifest world. Often memories and sensations come to the consciousness of the individual, which provide insights and release through experiencing those scenarios again in a safe and comfortable environment.

It is also a physical medicine. Many individuals find increased energy and appreciation of kinetic practices like yoga and dance. Both psychologically and physically San Pedro offers a new perspective on life.

San Pedro is significantly more potent than other cacti. The selection of our cacti is based on genetics and specimen health. Ken’s preparation extracts the medicine to potent concentrations while retaining its healing qualities. There´s nothing like the power of a healthy San Pedro experience, and we encourage you to participate! 

Cacao - All Hail the Dark Chocolate God!Cacao - Dark Chocolate of the Gods! Sacred Valley, Cusco, Peru

Teobroma cacao (food of the gods) is pure chocolate that we offer for our guests diets. Containing a variety of medicinal compounds, cacao serves as a vasodilator, anti-depressant, euphoriant, stimulant, alkaline supplement, antioxidants, and a source of healthy fats/oils.

Cacao is a great replacement for coffee. It provides a moderate level of stimulation but is free from “jitters” that coffee can elicit.

The alkaloids found within cacao are known to be reversible inhibitors of the monoamine oxidase. It shares the same properties as banisteriopsis caapi (found in ayahuasca) and as passiflora incarnata (passion flower).

No wonder we love chocolate!

Sapo (Kambo) Frog medicineKambo / Sapo - Our Froggy Purgative Ally. Munay Medicine, Cusco, Peru

Sapo (Kambo) is a defensive secretion from a leaf frog (Phyllomedusa bicolor). Used in small doses, it is a powerful medicine that Western science is already documenting. Some people refer to Kambo as nature’s vaccine.

Kambo´s (Sapo) secretion contains peptides that act as opioid receptor agonists, activating the neuronal receptors they attach to. Mimicking the effects of naturally-occurring endorphins, they bind to the opiate receptor sites and provide pain relief.

Sapo´s / Kambo´s compounds cause a detoxification of the body, often inducing purging.

In the short-term it sharpens the senses and in the long-term it creates immune boosting effects. The natives use it before hunting. It’s known to remove what the indigenous people call panema (bad luck). The effects begin almost immediately and usually last less than an hour.

Coca - Incan Marching LeavesCoca -spirit medicine of the Andes Mountains

Coca leaves have been used for its medicinal properties for several thousands of years in the Andes. Along with containing many vitamins and minerals, coca leaves also contain many beneficial alkaloids. It is helpful for altitude sickness and acclimation to the elevation in the Andes mountains.

Coca is a mild stimulant and decreases hunger, thirst, pain and fatigue. It is also used as an analgesic for headaches.

In the Andean Cosmology, coca leaves are used as an offering to the Apus (mountain spirits), Inti (sun) and Pachamama (Mother Earth) as well as in divination. The kintu (3 coca leaves together) is a very sacred symbol in the Andes.

In Summary

These potent plant medicines can deliver powerful experiences that when worked with can be fully transformative of a person’s life and habits. They are used with caution and respect developed over many years of use. We offer these medicines to help facilitate the personal growth we have come to know ourselves. It is with much compassion that we offer these technologies to those seeking a relationship with the plants. 

Health and Safety – IMPORTANT!

If you are taking or have recently taken pharmaceutical medications or other drugs, it is vital that you disclose this information with us.

There are certain pharmaceutical drugs that are contraindicated by the plant medicines. This is for your safety and wellbeing. We value your privacy and will not disclose your medical details with anyone else.

Our medicines are prepared on site by very experienced individuals who take great care and pride in their work. Western standards of care are applied in the preparation to ensure consistency and safety.

Western science is starting to catch up to the ancient wisdom of these medicines through studies on visionary plants, yet there is still so much more to be discovered. To find out more check out The Science page.