Ayahuasca is a sacred plant medicine and an herbal agent that has profound and powerful healing properties for the physical, mental and emotional bodies. Apart from its indigenous use as a medicine for the healing of the mind, body and soul, studies in western medicine regarding its healing properties have been impressive.
A study published in Scientific Reports journal in 2017 has shown the effects of caapi, alkaloids, harmine, harmaline and tetrahydroharmine (which are MAO inhibitors), to increase brain function, work as an antioxidant and antidepressant, and help against Parkinson’s Disease. Also, Banisteriopsis caapi may help treat adult neurological disorders by stimulating neuroplasticity and its antioxidant properties can help protect the neural cell damage.
Banisteriopsis caapi (also known as Ayahuasca, Caapi or Yage) is a vine that has had a long history of entheogenic use and has been regarded as a “plant teacher”. Traditionally, Banisteriopsis caapi has been used medicinally among the indigenous peoples of the Amazon rainforest. The name Ayahuasca literally means "vine of the soul".