The MAO inhibitors that are present in the ayahuasca brew, strongly conflict with certain drugs, medication or certain physical abnormalities, which can result in serious consequences. Therefore, we ask you to fill out our extensive questionnaire. We review each case one-by-one and decide if your situation is a contraindication to the usage of ayahuasca.
Aside from the possible contraindications (that might exclude you from participation), there are also certain foods that do not go well with the MOA inhibitors in the ayahuasca brew. These are foods that contain the amino acid “tyramine”. In the dietary guidelines we provide a detailed list of these. Under normal circumstances, the enzymes in our bodies can degrade this amino acid, but when we have a MAO inhibitor active in our system, these enzymes are – temporarily – not functioning. This causes a release of adrenaline which can trigger headaches and sweating and can increase the heart rate and blood pressure. Therefore, it is wise to limit the intake of foods that contain this amino acid, especially when you suffer from high blood pressure or heart problems.
Besides, by carefully preparing our bodies and minds for the upcoming ayahuasca experience, we show our willingness and commitment to truly dive into this process to receive the healing we need.