Iboga vs. Ayahuasca - A Comparative Insight

Comparing Iboga and Ayahuasca for PTSD


Iboga tends to offer a more introspective, mentally clarifying experience. It enables individuals to revisit traumatic events with a new perspective, facilitating cognitive and emotional processing.

Ayahuasca, in contrast, often leads to more intense, emotionally driven experiences. It allows for the externalization of trauma and emotional catharsis, which can be incredibly healing for those who have internalized their traumatic experiences.

Choosing the Right Path

It's also essential to consider the legal and safety aspects. Both substances require careful preparation and should be taken under the supervision of experienced practitioners. Due to their potent effects on the mind and body, a thorough medical and psychological evaluation is necessary before undergoing treatment.

Iboga vs Ayahuasca

Aspect
Iboga
Ayahuasca

Primary Region

Central Africa Equatorial Rainforest (Gabon)

Amazon Rainforest (South america - Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia)

Cultural Association

Primarily associated with the Bwiti Spiritual Path and Pygmy groups.

Various indigenous peoples of the Amazon, including the Shipibo and Tukano.

Active Compounds

Ibogaine (mainly), along with other alkaloids such as tabernanthine, ibogamine, coronaridine

Ayahuasca combines DMT from Chacruna, Banisteriopsis caapi's harmala alkaloids (MAOIs), and often small dose of Datura's tropane alkaloids—scopolamine, hyoscyamine, atropine—for psychoactive effects.

Traditional Use

Use by Pygmies and in Bwiti rituals. Genetic studies suggest Pygmies have been in Central Africa for 60,000 years.

Archaeological evidence of psychoactive plant use in the Amazon dating back over 2,500 years.

Experience Nature

Described as a full body detox and 25 years of self-psychoanalysis condensed into 3 ceremonies, this process heals past traumas, enhances grounding and self-awareness. It enables rediscovery of peace, happiness, and clarity by connecting with your true self, offering a unique journey of personal insight.

Evokes strong emotions, reveals suppressed trauma, leads to personal revelations. More about connecting with the outside world and deep connection with nature.

Therapeutic Use

Physical Healing

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  • Comprehensive Body Detoxification

  • Environmental Toxin Cleansing

  • Drug/Substance Purification

  • Fungal Inhibition

  • Bacterial Counteraction

  • Viral Suppression

  • Chronic Pain Alleviation

  • Enhanced Neuroplasticity

  • Neurotransmitter Reset

  • Traumatic Brain Injury Restoration

  • Autoimmune Disease Amelioration

  • Parkinson’s Disease Treatment

Mental/ Emotional Healing

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  • Trauma and PTSD Healing

  • Depression and Anxiety Alleviation

  • Recovery from Various Addictions

  • Social Media Dependency Treatment

  • Eating Disorder Remediation

  • Release of Unhealthy Attachments

  • Severance of Attachments to the Deceased

  • Purging Negative Thought Patterns

  • Pattern Disruption

  • Grounding and Centering

  • Boosts Emotional Resilience and Security

  • Fosters Self-Love

  • Delivers Truth and Answers

  • Clarifies Mind

  • Instills Peace of Mind

  • Enhances Life Enjoyment

Spiritual Healing

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  • Spiritual Cleansing

  • Spiritual Renewal

  • Connecting with Your True Self/Soul

  • Ancestral Healing

  • Communion with Departed Loved Ones

  • Third Eye Awakening

  • Spiritual and Self Discovery

  • Spiritual Grounding

Physical / Mental Healing

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  • Treatment of Depression and Anxiety

  • Symptom Reduction

  • Induction of Psychedelic Experiences

  • Emotional Breakthroughs

Spiritual Inspiration:

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  • Unlocking Profound Spiritual Insights

  • Facilitating Creative Breakthroughs

  • Intense Visionary Experiences

  • Deepening Understanding of the World

  • Reconnecting with Nature

  • Catalyzing Personal and Artistic Inspiration

⚠️ Disclaimer: No medical findings definitively confirm Ayahuasca's benefits. Some users have reported feelings of disconnection from reality, traumatic experiences, and prolonged lack of clarity lasting years post-experience.

Preparation and Administration

Root bark ground into powder
(No mixture)

A brew made from the Banisteriopsis caapi vine and DMT-rich plants like Chacruna (Psychotria viridis), or highly toxic Datura (devil’s trumpet) from the nightshade family.

Ritual Practices

Guided by a traditional Shaman throughout the entire ceremony, accompanied by a team of traditional healers.

Self guided journey accompanied by a team of traditional musicians.

Key points
Iboga
Ayahuasca

Duration of Effects

Phase 1 - 12h - 1 Night (Psycho Spiritual Journey)

Phase 2 -12h - 1 Day (Processing Time)

Unique Phase 4-6 hours

Spiritual Guided journey by a Shaman

Yes

No

Self Psycho-Analysis / Life review

Yes

Episodic

Soul Meeting (Conversation with
 your innerchild)

Yes

No

Journey to the Moon
(Speak to your ancestors)

Yes

No

Initiations & Rites of Passage

Yes

No

Clear communication
throughout your journey
in your own language

Yes

No

Lost in translation

Consumed  in its natural state

Yes

No

This brew is prepared by shamans
 with human intervention.

Listed in National Constitution
as a Cultural Heritage
and National Treasure

Yes

Since 2000 in Gabon

No

Nasdaq Investment in research

500 Million $

0 Million $

Average number of retreats by participant

Once in a lifetime

Multiple

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 Neuroscientists)

Financial and Expertise:

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Mind and Body Nurturers:

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