We pick people up at the Liberia, Costa Rica International Airport (LIR), also know as the Daniel Oduber International Airport. Our facility is located 25 minutes from the airport just outside of Liberia, Costa Rica. The best time to arrive is mid-day (around noon) on the opening day of the session (usually the 1st, 12th or 22nd of every month). If you have trouble flying in on that day and would like to fly a day early, you can have a taxi take you to the Hilton Garden Inn or the Best Western El Sitio near the airport and we can pick you up there the opening day of the session around noon.
We recommend the above method to arrive due to less complications, especially for anyone participating in the Addiction Detox Program. If you are flying in from Europe or have trouble getting a flight to the Liberia, Costa Rica Airport...alternatively you can fly into the San Jose, Costa Rica Airport (SJO) the day before and stay at a hotel there that night. The Hampton Inn is very close to the San Jose Airport and is reasonably priced. The next morning you can take a bus through the Pulmitan de Liberia Bus Company (bus station is located in downtown San Jose) to the Liberia bus station and we can pick you up there around mid-day on the opening day of the session. There is a bus that leaves every hour up until 5pm. The ride is 4.5 hours and costs around $5 USD. There is also a company that offers service between Costa Rican hotels, here is their website: Graylinecostarica.com Or you can take a domestic flight early that morning through Sansa Airlines from the San Jose Airport to the Liberia Airport. It is a 45 minute flight and usually costs around $100 for a one way ticket. You can book tickets with Sansa Airlines online.
English is the main language used at Iboga House, however, our House Manager is also our spanish translator. Since Moughenda is from Gabon, Africa he can also speak French. We have had many people participate in programs that spoke either Spanish or French.
▶ What are the differences between a program with Moughenda and a program with the Shamanic Iboga Providers?
Moughenda is the only traditional Bwiti Shaman with 26 years of experience running iboga healing programs in the West. He has trained the Shamanic Iboga Providers using the same traditional Bwiti protocol. The Shamanic Iboga Providers run programs while Moughenda is home in Gabon, Africa. It is a lower priced option we offer, but the program is the same. Here is a link describing the providers and their training: http://www.ibogahouse.com/about_shamanic_healers_moughenda_mickala/shamanic_iboga_providers__staff/
The are many similarities and differences between these programs. For a detailed list, please see our Iboga House Blog article here: http://www.ibogahouse.com/pre-initiation-vs-psycho-spiritual-program-at-the-iboga-house/
The reason prices are not listed on the website is because:
There are different programs with different prices
Sometimes we offer specials during certain times throughout the year
The cost of a program with the Shamanic Iboga Providers is less than the cost of a program with Moughenda and those prices can vary throughout the year due to specials
The addiction detox program can vary in length and treatment protocol depending on many factors an Iboga House Representative would need to determine
Please call 1-888-624-3103 for a pre-screening and quote
Iboga can be life changing and give you the shift in your life that is needed. In the long term, it is important to stay aligned to your new way of thinking as well. We will be offering a weekly counseling option for people that would like to participate. More details are coming soon. We offer suggestions that are extremely helpful for after a treatment. Please see our "Iboga House Blog" under the "About Us" tab for aftercare instructions in the article titled Iboga / Ibogaine Treatment Aftercare: http://www.ibogahouse.com/iboga-ibogaine-treatment-aftercare/
▶ Since the Iboga House is a Shamanic Healing Center, will this be in conflict with the religious practice I follow?
Moughenda always states that Bwiti is a tradition, not a religion. The Iboga House does not try to convert patients from their religious practices. Every person has their own truth and path in life. Iboga is centered around finding your own truth, seeing it with your own eyes and hearing it with your own ears. Moughenda’s fireside ceremonies are powerful and full of life lessons not pertaining to religion such as controlling your thoughts, acceptance, forgiveness and fearlessness. These are universal themes that can be used by any person from any walk of life.
The Iboga House has grown a lot in the last few years. We treat anywhere from 20 – 30 patients a month. The percentage of people that did not see a huge difference is very small compared to the success stories. Many people with inexperience, close mindedness, misunderstanding, personal jealousy, vengeance or even other competitors may have opinions that can be misleading. Our program is not only a physical cleanse it is a spiritual experience and apart from finding a reliable indigenous provider in Gabon we offer the safest Iboga treatment in the world. That we promise. We maintain our dignity and have confidence in our facility, our staff and our protocol. We have countless positive testimonials not only filmed by us, but by independent sources weeks or months after leaving here with nothing but positive things to say. None of the people in our testimonials have been paid. One of the most popular independent reviews is featured on the Joe Rogan Podcast featuring Aubrey Marcus recounting his time at the Iboga House. We did not know in advance that this patient was going to be interviewed by Joe Rogan. We treated him the same way that we treat every patient. Having said that, if someone is not 100% ready to work on themselves while they are here, or if they are not ready to be done taking drugs, or if they do not understand the reasoning why we have a certain protocol embracing the Bwiti tradition, etc…the program may not be 100% successful in those situations. We try our best through the screening process to not accept these patients because we want our patients and our program to be successful. Iboga is not a scam, its healing properties are well documented by scientific studies and by personal experiences. Our mission is to spread the healing of iboga to the people in the world that are ready for change.
The day after an Iboga Journey is a time to relax and journal. It is a very introspective time and some patients have breakthroughs on the day after. You will not sleep until that night so activity should be kept to a minimum, which will also allow the iboga to do its job properly. In between ceremonies, we take people to the Hot Springs and Spa where they can go ziplining and eat lunch and we take them to the beach on another day. It is important to try and unplug from the busy lives so many people have and not be distracted by constant activity in order to face the issues you came to heal from. It is also a Bwiti method of “breaking open the mind” which causes you to face the truth head on. It can be difficult at times, but necessary. It is beneficial to look at this 8 or 9 day program, not as a vacation to forget problems, but a healing retreat that requires attention to yourself.
We offer free wi-fi accessible by your phone or laptop and we have a large TV in the common living room for watching movies. We have yoga mats for stretching. You can go for a sunset walk around the facility and pick coconuts and other fruit to enjoy. We may take a trip to a local river or waterfall depending on time and healing.
No problem, just email us your diet details prior to arrival and we will make sure the cook is prepared. Please note that not all products and produce that is offered in the United States is available in Liberia, Costa Rica. We will do our best to meet your food preferences.
We have little to no mosquitoes in this part of Costa Rica. You do not need vaccinations. However, we are located in a tropical forest where there is a lot of wildlife. Costa Rica is known for many varieties of ants, but as long as food isn’t left in a patient’s room, the ants will not be a problem. At certain times of the year, there may be more insects flying around on the porch and balcony, but it has not been necessary to use any mosquito netting in the bedrooms. We offer herbal bug spray if you are going to be outside at night.
The Iboga House bridges the gap between the villages in Gabon with no running water or electricity and the West. We are not set up like a vacation resort nor are we set up like huts in the amazon. We have two typical Costa Rican houses, simple but large. One house is the patient/aftercare house and the other house is where most of the staff live and where our office is located. Most rooms are small but comfortable and most have a shared bathroom with one or two other patients. We do have one large master suite with a private bathroom. Rooms are air conditioned and there are a few hammocks on the property as well. All meals are served in the dining room and prepared by local cooks. We have staff working 7 days a week to keep everything clean.
Our houses are in the mountains just outside of Liberia, Costa Rica adjacent to the Rincon de la Vieja National Park. We are in a very safe area surrounded by trees and rolling hills. Our 104 acre facility is gated as well. We do not allow any unauthorized visitors on the Iboga House grounds.
Costa Rica is in a tropical climate just 10 degrees north of the equator between Nicaragua and Panama. It is a small country that has three micro-climates. We are located in the Pacific Northwest side of Costa Rica where it does not rain as much compared to the Central Valley. The dry season starts around the end of November/early December and lasts through April/May and it can be around 90 degrees during the day and 70 degrees at night. During the rainy season, the landscape is green and the temperature cools down a bit. During most of the rainy season, we may get a short rain shower once a day or every other day. During the mid to the end of October there may be a daily shower. We still have sessions all year long.
You will feel safe at the Iboga House. We have a live-in house manager that is available 24 hours a day. We have a doctor on call 24 hours a day as well. We check on you very regularly the day after a journey and our aftercare team will bring you water and fruit if you do not feel like moving around much. You are never left alone while taking iboga, even after your guided journey the remainder of the night. Providers are always there to help or answer any questions you may have during a journey.
Our staff is professional and well trained. Inappropriate behavior between patients and/or between patients and staff will not be tolerated.
Normal office hours are 9am - 7pm Monday thru Friday and 9am - 2pm on Saturday, which is Mountain Time here in Costa Rica. The office is closed on Sunday. The office may be closed at other times throughout the year, if this is the case it will be posted on the main page of our website. If you call during business hours and get voicemail, please leave a message because we may be on the other line. We always call people back in a prompt manor.
Iboga is different from any other psychoactive substance out there. It is important to be 100% ready and willing to let go and take all that you can get from what iboga has to offer. A little anxiousness is normal when experiencing something that you never have before. However, obsessive fear can become a block and not let you focus on the issues you came here for. We talk a lot about the illusion of fear around the fireside ceremonies and that you have the power to control your thoughts. Thinking you are powerless over fear will only feed into it. We are skilled at talking someone out of fear or anxiousness during a journey. We have never had anyone have a “bad trip” they felt stuck in.
We never go by body weight because a small person may have more of a tolerance to iboga whereas a larger person may be more sensitive to iboga. The amount is different with every batch of iboga total alkaloid extract because potency levels can vary. We administer the iboga gradually and wait 30 minutes to 1 hour for a person to feel the effects before deciding if a person needs more iboga or not. We will not know how much you are going to take until the time comes. The dosage on the initial iboga detox session may be different than the second guided journey session as well.
It is good to not have expectations of how you want your journeys to go. It is beneficial to “let go” and not to force the direction you would like your journey to take. Ultimately iboga will give you what you need, not always what you expect. The first journey may be more of a physical detox and may be totally different from your second journey, so do not get discouraged through the process.
Every person in unique with how they feel when taking iboga because we all have different toxicity levels, mental issues, past traumas, physical issues, some people may have fungal/viral/bacterial infections that the iboga will be working on as well.
Some of the effects may or may not include:
Seeing “tracers” or light trails
Feeling “high” or euphoria
You may hear a high vibrational “buzzing” in your ears You may experience deep introspective thinking about your life…past, present and future Your hands and feet may feel a bit cold at times Your pupils will be dilated Sensitivity to light (your eyes are mostly closed during a journey) Your heart may speed up and slow down You may vomit as part of the purging process (70% of people may vomit) Your hands may twitch at times You may feel warm at times Some effects of iboga you may feel afterwards: Feeling that you need less sleep for a few days Calmness, once you get a good nights sleep The day after is still a very introspective time and journaling is beneficial You may feel temporary ups and downs with your mood while you are working on difficult issues in your life You may feel very happy You may feel a bit dehydrated and constipated, which is why it is important to drink plenty of water. All of these things are normal and part of the process. What you feel on day 2 or 3 may be totally different compared to day 7 or 8. We explain the effects to all of our patients; On the day you arrive we will conduct an orientation that will go over the process and procedure. This is where we can answer any questions or concerns you may have. The effects of iboga will be explained again at the fire ceremony. We also have a manual in each room that we encourage each person to review.
You may experience deep introspective thinking about your life…past, present and future
Your hands and feet may feel a bit cold at times
Your pupils will be dilated
Sensitivity to light (your eyes are mostly closed during a journey)
Your heart may speed up and slow down
You may vomit as part of the purging process (70% of people may vomit)
Your hands may twitch at times
You may feel warm at times
Some effects of iboga you may feel afterwards:
Feeling that you need less sleep for a few days
Calmness, once you get a good nights sleep
The day after is still a very introspective time and journaling is beneficial
You may feel temporary ups and downs with your mood while you are working on difficult issues in your life
You may feel very happy
You may feel a bit dehydrated and constipated, which is why it is important to drink plenty of water.
All of these things are normal and part of the process. What you feel on day 2 or 3 may be totally different compared to day 7 or 8.
We explain the effects to all of our patients; On the day you arrive we will conduct an orientation that will go over the process and procedure. This is where we can answer any questions or concerns you may have. The effects of iboga will be explained again at the fire ceremony. We also have a manual in each room that we encourage each person to review.
Our journeys are always one on one but they are performed in a group setting. However, while another person is being guided, you will be having your own journey and you have total control of blocking out anything that is going on around you when you just focus on what you are experiencing. Having said that, it can be benefical to hear another person's journey because you can learn a lot and it may give you more insight to your own life. In Gabon, journeys are never conducted privately. Our facility may have anywhere from 4 – 7 patients at a time. It is different from an ayahuasca ceremony where there may be over 20 people taking ayahuasca and people are not guided during a ceremony. During and iboga ceremony you are not guided for 12 hours straight. After your guided portion, which can vary in time length depending on questions the patient prepares and other exercises they may be guided through, you will have your own journey. This is an important and private time. You stay in the temple the whole night and the providers never leave you alone. They are always there to help and answer questions a person may have. You will go back to your room just after sunrise and the aftercare team checks on you all day. We have had success with this method. We do offer limited private counseling sessions after the journey is complete throughout the week.
▶ What are some of the cultural differences between the Bwiti culture and Western culture that I should be aware of?
The Bwiti Tradition emphasizes the importance of being a strong, independent person. They even conduct rites-of-passage ceremonies to celebrate the initiation into adulthood. They practice a “tough love” approach within their culture. They believe it is important to not “baby” a person that is in need of healing because it can make a person get worse, it never benefits them. The Bwiti tradition may seem stern to the west, but it is done for a purpose. Self pity and attention seeking behavior feeds into a person getting stuck in a "victim mentality" and it does the opposite of helping a person become a strong, independent individual. This may be why depression in Gabon is almost nonexistent. It is also very different from Eastern Practices as well. An Iboga treatment is almost the opposite of meditation. Your mind will not be clear, you will be working on deep issues in the short time you are here. We offer a unique method for healing and it may be different than methods used in the west. Most people come here seeking a different approach because they have exhausted all other methods the west has to offer. One of the reasons we bring this up is because at times, Moughenda or the shamanic iboga providers may be straight forward with the truth and sometimes that can be difficult to hear, but necessary. The bottom line is that we want patients to heal and we want our program to be successful, so following this method is part of the process. We are here to guide you through your journey and provide a platform for healing, so you can help yourself as well. Having said that, we will always make sure you are safe, the environment is safe, and your needs will always be met.
Bwiti music is very different compared to Western music. It’s purpose is to awaken you and break you from your negative patterns through the purity of the handmade natural instruments. The Bwiti tradition always uses music they create themselves in their ceremonies. It aids in keeping a person on a certain thinking pattern during a journey and is always required during a ceremony. Candidates must be ready to heal in order to receive the rewards of this treatment and have an open-mindedness to trust the process and “go with the flow”. People that are not willing to trust the method and that focus on the music instead of their journey tend to be distracted. Most of our patients end up liking the music and even purchase Bwiti music to listen to at home. It tends to bring them back to their powerful journey and is a great aftercare method of remembering your powerful experience.
The Bwiti Iboga Journey is a spiritual ceremony that has certain requirements; it must be held in an outdoor temple or structure that can be exposed to elements of earth wind air and fire as well as provide openness to the starry night sky. This is a traditional ceremony performed by the Bwiti in Gabon for decades in this fashion in the jungle, therefore we are recreating the same spiritually safe environment at our centre. We have a temple in one of the houses on our property that is close to the fire. It is open to the elements and there is an overhang in case it rains. Many people appreciate these practices and tradition and think what our centre provides is a true gem for healing. There is a reason for everything we do here at Iboga House, being outside is one of the necessary components to our programs.
On a monthly basis, approximately 20 to 30 patients come to the Iboga House for treatment. Most patients have a wonderful, self empowering, life changing experience and we get very few patients that do not make a life changing shift. Our pre-screening process is based and determined on the intentions and responses provided by the candidate. We do our best to ensure appropriate candidacy for our programs but unfortunately, from time to time candidates with the wrong intentions and/or expectations attend the healing sessions at Iboga House. For example, if someone came for a drug detox treatment but they were not ready to be done taking drugs, maybe a family member urged them to come here for treatment…Iboga will not take away your free will and being ready for change, to work on yourself, to block out fear and negativity is required for our programs. Our mission is to provide healing and if candidates are not ready for such experiences, they tend to be bothered or distracted and therefore miss out on the benefits of the programs.
Yes, there are a few conditions that would exclude a person from taking Iboga:
Sleep Apnea, Asthma or any other major respiratory conditions
Heart Conditions such as but not limited to: a heart transplant, enlarged heart, past heart attacks, artificial heart valves...If a person is unsure of the condition of their heart, the recommended test would be an EKG. An abnormal EKG would exclude a person from taking Iboga.
High and Low Blood Pressure - A person with blood pressure of 170/105 or higher or 80/60 or lower while not taking blood pressure medication
Abnormal Heart Rate - A person with a resting heart rate of 120 beats per minute or higher or lower than 50 beats per minute
Impaired Kidney and Liver Function - Any person with an abnormal liver panel test with enzymes over 400% or that is on dialysis for kidney failure
Any person requiring medications during treatment (including insulin) *Please speak with an Iboga House Representative for more information
Any person with no thyroid function or that has had their thyroid gland removed (Individuals with low thyroid function may be eligible)
Any person with a neurological impairment such as Psychosis or Dementia that does not have the mental capacity to understand why they are taking Iboga
For safety reasons, we do not detox patients from benzodiazepines and we do not detox physically dependant alcohol patients. Patients that will have shaking, DTs and possible seizures from physical alcohol addiction must be detoxed at a medical facility prior to treatment at the Iboga House and refrain from alcohol 5 days prior.
Any person interested in being treated at the Iboga House will be required to fill out a medical history form as part of the screening process. If you have a question about a physical condition and/or medication, please call our office.
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Iboga House at Finca la Valencia, Buena Vista - Canas Dulces, Liberia, Costa Rica
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Drink lots of water, eat well and rest up.
Think about what what you would like out of life. Think about what questions you would ask to help yourself obtain your dream life.
Don't worry about dieting, detoxifying, excessive exercising or any other form of physical preparation. Patients participating in the Addiction Detox Program should speak with an Iboga House Rep a week prior to arrival to review their drug or medication dosage. As long as you are ready to make a life changing shift through honesty, open-mindedness and willingness, you are ready.
Things to include in your packing:
* A T-shirt and shorts that can be thrown away
* A voice recording device if you have one
* Your preferred toiletries such as body wash & shampoo
* A notebook and something to write with
* $28 dollars for an exit fee at the Costa Rican airport
* Light weight clothing and an outfit in case it gets cooler at night
* Your swimming suit and a beach towel
* Your remaining treatment balance in US Cash if you have not already sent us the remainder by wire transfer/direct deposit
* Your passport
Most of all don't worry - if you just confirm and get here, everything will be fine.
After years of treating more than a thousand people we have refined our program to deliver the best possible experience for every individual. We have found that every single person that comes to the Iboga House needs two Iboga journeys. One to clean the body (no matter how clean you think you have been living) and another to do the mind/spiritual work. You will also receive a series of powerful group counseling sessions, which will assist you in applying the messages you received on your Iboga journey to truly change your life. Our main goal is to give people exactly what they need and not do a half-fast treatment. If you are an extraordinary case and you have never been on any medications, never done any drugs (including Ibogaine, Ayahuasca), you don't drink alcohol, you do not have any emotional problems, you only eat organic and you do not live in or near a major city than you may qualify for a shorter stay.
No, this is not a cult. With Iboga, there is no contract. At the Iboga House, we simply provide a service and people come and go—there is no group or requirement to join any organization or “Iboga Society”. You simply take Iboga, and then you continue on your path with greater power and clarity about your life. The Bwiti encourage people to find their own truth.
“Cult” is a term used to describe a group that imposes its beliefs upon an individual. The programs created by these groups are designed to control people, by blinding them to the truth and disconnecting them from Nature. Iboga is the furthest thing from this.
Through the use of Iboga, you get to see the truth for yourself, without having to rely on the word of others. You are able to interact with spirit and get the answers to any information you seek, thereby being your own witness and not simply accepting another’s interpretation. The experience is yours and yours alone.
We receive this question quite often and a comparison between the two can be very difficult. Here is what Moughenda has said about Iboga in relation to other medicinal and visionary plants:
“Iboga is the godfather of all plants on the earth. There are many powerful plants out there that people use for visions and for healings. Every plant on the planet has healing properties. You just have to know them. Iboga is the chief plant, like the chief spirit. You have the spirits of the earth, the spirits of the sun, the spirits of the fire, the spirits of the water, and the spirits of the wind. Every element has a chief spirit. Iboga is the chief plant spirit.
Plants like Peyote, Ayahuasca or mushrooms are also very good medicine plants, depending on how they are being used. Still, those plants have limits, especially when you are talking about visions. Medicinally, all plants have different levels. Doing journeys with these other plants for ten years would not be equal to one Iboga journey. I have worked with people who have done Ayahuasca or peyote many times, but they are still in the same spot. Once you come to Iboga, it is one shot. Why do you think that people who have been working with Ayahuasca for fifteen years still have a need to do Iboga? I have no need to do any other medicine plant. Whatever I need or whatever I want to find out, I got it. Iboga can take you to the beginning of time. There is no other plant on this planet, and I will bet my life on it, that will take you to that place. That is why Iboga is the master, the godfather of all plants. The Iboga understands all the plants on earth.
I have not researched these plants on the physical level. I have done research on them on the spiritual level with the Iboga. Everything I am telling you, the Iboga has shown me.”
We are a shamanic healing center that uses iboga only because that is what the Bwiti have used for hundreds of years in Gabon, Africa where iboga is native to. Ayahuasca is a South American shamanic herb and the Bwiti have never used South American herbs in their tradition. We are not dismissing Ayahuasca or other visionary plants, and many people who come to the Iboga house still believe the journeys they provide are unique and very much life changing. However, the one thing everyone always says who has had experience with other plants, is that Iboga is unlike anything else.
If you only knew what the Iboga and Moughenda will do for you...you probably wouldn’t be asking this. However, until you have experienced it for yourself, we will stress that this is a once in a lifetime “Peak” experience, a onetime investment in your health, and something most people say is the best experience of their life.
Something to consider is how much have you spent already? Wasting your hard earned money on things that don't work. Well if you really want to get better this treatment will work for you. So it really is priceless. Many people come to the Iboga house and get more out of one single treatment than some people get out of 50 Ayahuasca journeys. So as Moughenda says "This is a onetime investment in your health and future"
As an added bonus, we provide you with comfortable accommodations with beautiful landscape, three daily meals prepared with fresh, local foods, housekeeping and laundry service. After your recovery and integration period, we also have a few fun days that include visits to the beautiful beach, to a nearby mountain for zip lining and horseback riding, and to the local spa, where you can soak in volcanic hot springs, treat yourself to a volcanic mud treatment, swim in a beautiful river, and enjoy a delicious five course meal. We actually have more employees than patients so you will receive good care. We also provide the freshest, most potent iboga there is that has been harvested by Moughenda's family.
Here is a detailed article about cost: http://www.ibogahouse.com/iboga-treatment-cost/
The price depends on the type of treatment you need. Since the nature of the treatment can include physical, psychological and/or spiritual healing, the price will vary. This can be determined during a screening on the phone when you call 1-888-624-3103. You will be asked questions about your health and lifestyle so we know what your treatment will entail since every person is unique.
The treatments can be anywhere from 8 or more days. Please call for a screening to determine the length of time you will need depending on your situation. The addiction detox program can take up to 14 days in certain situations to make sure a patient will feel well before going home.
In Gabon, many children as young as 12 years old take Iboga as part of their rite of passage ceremony. Moughenda has and will treat everyone who passes the screening from the age of 16 to 80 years old. If a patient is under the age of 18, a parent must be with during treatment. To work on mental issues, it requires a certain level of maturity a patient must possess. You can call our office for more information regarding this.
We wouldn’t be answering this question if it wasn’t for the fact that we realize there are people out there who are concerned about something like this. Put bluntly, NO you will NOT be brainwashed. The Iboga House is here to help you heal and to discover your true self. The Iboga treatment will not make you lose any part of yourself—including your ego, your sexual preference or anything else. We cannot stress enough that when you walk out of here you can become the person you have always wanted to be, without any more self-imposed restraints or limitations.
Iboga (and Ibogaine) are completely legal in Costa Rica, Canada and another 190 Countries around the world. It is restricted only in the USA, France, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Australia and Switzerland. The reasoning given for the restriction of Iboga in these particular countries seems to have two main components. First, Iboga has been labeled a psychotropic with hallucinogenic properties. There is a common misunderstanding associated with this label that Iboga only creates mental hallucinations, whereas in reality, it is allowing the individual to access the generally unseen and very real spirit realm. In addition, Iboga has been officially deemed by some to have no medicinal value. It is not fully known why such a powerful plant (and its extract), with evidence of so many healing capabilities, has been declared not to have any, and has not yet been given FDA approval. Many doctors and experts in the United States and France (two countries where it is illegal) agree that Iboga and its characteristic visual experience have been very helpful for patients. Regardless of the inability of modern science to understand the intricacies of its effects, Iboga remains a profoundly healing, non-addictive medicinal plant, and the Gabonese people have been using it for over a thousand years with no adverse side effects.
Yes, the use of Iboga with the guidance of a Bwiti shaman is safe, as long as you pass the requirements and follow safety instructions.
We are a government licensed center. In Moughenda’s 26 years of experience, he has never had a death occur. It is part of Moughenda's mission to teach safe practices using Iboga/Ibogaine and he continues to do so internationally. Moughenda administers the Iboga gradually as well. However, there are a few conditions that a person may have that Moughenda will not treat. It is also not safe to mix medications or drugs after a treatment has started. Some medications or drugs cannot be taken 72 hours prior to treatment. People that do not qualify for treatment will be notified, this is determined during the pre-screening process and by filling out a medical form. Moughenda's family consists of three different Bwiti tribes from the South of Gabon. All of those tribes have been using Iboga since its discovery a thousand years ago. Many of his family members were and still are active healers that use Iboga as their primary source of medicine and not one of their patients has had an adverse reaction from Iboga.
The Bwiti know how to pre-screen someone and determine if their body is able to handle Iboga. They do not use someone’s weight to determine their treatment dose. They use these same traditional techniques they use in screening as when they are providing treatment in determining how much medicine a person needs based on their level of mental stability, body sensitivity and current health condition. Because of this and the knowledge of the antidotes, the Bwiti have always been safe.
What about medical staff?
For the peace of mind of our western patients, we have a doctor on call during all of our treatments.
For legal reasons, we are not able to say that Iboga can cure anything. However, we have many patients who have been diagnosed by their doctors pre-treatment with various complications or illnesses, and then post-treatment, the problem that was originally diagnosed can no longer be found. We cannot say that iboga will cure you of your condition 100% for life. Please speak with an Iboga House Representative for more information regarding the conditions you are suffering from.
In most cases, Iboga will drastically improve your health on multiple levels and improve many symptoms that you are experiencing. Physically speaking, Iboga is a powerful detoxifing herb and has anti-biotic, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic and anti-viral properties. How much it can help a person mentally and spiritually also depends on the honesty, open-mindedness and willingness a person has. If a person wants to get better they will work hard on themselves, block out distractions and follow aftercare suggestions. Iboga isn't necessarily a magic pill that will take away all symptoms of depression or depersonalization a person may have...it is a tool a person can use to help themselves.