04 January 2022

How Psychedelic Therapy Fuses Indigenous Shamanism with Western Science

Anthropologists studying the ceremonial use of psychedelic plants often write about the skillful manner in which shamans guide their patients into “managed altered states of consciousness”. Such techniques are routinely employed by indigenous healers at the Takiwasi Center in Peru, a world-leading treatment and research facility where traditional Amazonian medicine is combined with Western psychotherapy. Our scientific director, Dr Matteo Politi, has been interviewed by IFLScience for this piece on Psychedelic Therapy.

14 December 2021

International Scientific Meeting - Summer 2022

Our scientific director Matteo Politi will represent Takiwasi at the next Summer International Scientific Meeting with the presentation “Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit sharing in Peru: Implications for researchers”. The meeting will take place online from January 2 to 4, 2022 and is co-organized by the International Scientific and Technological Council of Peru together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, CONCYTEC, Ricardo Palma University and the National Engineering University (UNI).

02 December 2021

Online Courses of the Takiwasi Center

This set of online courses is open to anyone interested in alternative and natural medicine and especially to health professionals, cross-cultural experts, educators, therapists and others linked to the work of rehabilitation, study of addictions and modified states consciousness, as well as the use of psychoactive substances. All the courses are in Spanish.

29 November 2021

From Research to Reality: Global Summit on Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Medicine

The Planning Committee for the upcoming international conference From Research to Reality: Global Summit on Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Medicine (Toronto, May 27-29, 2022) is pleased to announce that conference research abstract submissions will now be accepted until Dec 15 2021.

22 November 2021

Beyond the Psychoactive Effects of Ayahuasca: Cultural and Pharmacological Relevance of Its Emetic and Purging Properties

The aim of this review is to shed light on the understudied purging and emetic effect of ayahuasca herbal preparation. It firstly focuses on reviewing the cultural relevance of emesis and purging in the context of Amazonian traditions. Secondly, on the basis of the main known phytochemicals described in the ayahuasca formula, a comprehensive pharmacological evaluation of their emetic and purging properties is presented.