Activities During Retreat
During the retreat we complement the process with other shamanic medicines, these are used according to the needs of each patient.
Other Shamanic medicines
Rapé is the general name given to medicines that are grinned into fine powder and then blown into both nostrils. Most rapés are made with tobacco and other ingredients.
Rapé can help us to move the energy that is blocked or when we feel stuck during Ayahuasca ceremonies. The use of Rapé is considered by the indigenous peoples to be therapeutic on multiple levels. On the mental level it is known for clearing the mind, as well as helping to find ones center.
We have been working exclusively with rapé from the yawanawa and Kaxinawa (Huni Kuin) tribes that is prepared with lots of prayers, respect and lots of focused attention and intention to be a helpful medicine. This medicine is composed by sacred tobacco and the ashes of a tree known as tsunú, which is consider to be one of the most used trees as remedy for many ailments.
Ortiga is special for the proper functioning of the circulatory system, kidneys, lungs, stomach, intestines. It restores good mood and has a mild calming effect on nervous people.
The natives call it the acupuncture of the jungle. It's spines stimulate points in the body where it produces the secretion of hormones.
It decreases pain and regulates the vegetative nervous system so it serves for chronic arthritis or osteoarthritis, and acute pain such as headache, backache, menstruation, fibromyalgia or pain caused by injuries, such as contractures or sprains.
It promotes circulation and can be effective in inflammations and varicose veins, improves wound healing, and reduces muscle edema.