Arguably, the most powerful plant medicine on the planet, this rare tree in its natural habitat in the south of Gabon, Africa can be found growing in the jungle, on the beach, in the city and in villages. Iboga is used by Bwiti Shamans and healers in Gabon for many different types of healing and ceremonies and now after several centuries since its discovery is gaining popularity around the world.
Among the people praising Iboga, Joe Rogan & Aubrey Marcus, the maker of the powerful AlphaBrain smart-drug,recently spoke about Iboga at our center during his entire show, an excerpt of which can be experienced here:
On the physical level, Iboga is believed to work by resurfacing cellular receptor sites in your entire body and brain. This is how people can detox from drugs like heroin in as little as one or two days without withdrawals. Another intelligent part of the plant allows for rapid detox from fluoride and mercury among viruses such as herpes. The scientific studies on the physical benefits alone are vast.
On the mental side, Iboga is said to reset your mind on the deepest of levels, often showing you the subconscious patterns that you’ve had in your DNA and in the first few months of your life and drastically increasing neuro-plasticity (the ease and ability to rewire your mind) where you have several days to truly transform yourself and stop making choices through the programs, and much more with your spirit.[p>
This brings us to the true benefits of Iboga, the Spiritual Awakening Journey. Many people who take Iboga, the tree of knowledge, in the Shamanic way, have had their whole life story being healing from an illness, chronic pain, or depression. Once that is out of the way, many are able to communicate with a loved one, their own soul, and learn the beautiful truths of the spiritual realm which in fact are simple and necessary laws and revelations which enable one to truly take advantage of life, the biggest gift there is.
Iboga was discovered over 1000 years ago by the pygmies. A pygmy man was hunting and caught a porcupine. He took it home to his wife who prepared and cooked it. By the time she served dinner the man was sleeping. She ate by herself and later that night had some really intense visions. She woke her husband and told him what was happening. He dismissed what she was trying to tell him so she went to the chief of the village and told him. He asked her to get her husband to show him where he had found the porcupine. Right next to where he got the porcupine was some roots of a tree that were dug up and chewed on. The chief sampled the roots and the rest is history. The knowledge of working with Iboga and the tradition of the Bwiti was developed by the Pygmies and soon passed onto some of the bantu tribes who were settling in the south of Gabon.
The Bwiti Shamans and other healers in the Bwiti in Gabon are what one may call Iboga experts. They use Iboga for right-of passage and initiation ceremonies, healings and ritualistic ceremonies to strengthen the Bwiti’s overall values, health and protection. Children of Bwiti parents starting at the age of 12 years old will eat Iboga and learn about the creation of the Universe, themselves and God. They also use Iboga for profound healing of many different illnesses, including infertility, detoxification, physical health problems and emotional/spiritual issues. It is with the tradition of the Bwiti that they pass down from generation to generation the codes to unlock the spirit of Iboga which in turn allows them channel such profound healings.
One single Iboga tree reproduces all by itself, it is both male and female. This blessed perennial shrub has fruits and flowers, much like an apple tree. The plant itself needs at least several years to come of age before its roots can be used as a very powerful plant medicine by a few native Gabonese people that know where to find it. Bwiti initiates know the exact layer of root bark to collect. Once this special layer of the Iboga root bark is collected from the depths of the jungle: where the strongest Iboga lives; it will be brought to the village for processing. Only certain members of the tribe are allowed to process the Iboga in order for the Iboga to maintain its full strength or spirit.
Many common folks in Gabon will never see Iboga . Only very low grade Iboga processed from other parts of the Iboga tree, very young trees and weak trees that have been grown in the city can be found in heavily populated areas. Even fake Iboga is sometimes sold in the city markets.
Iboga is very well known as an extremely powerful medicine in Gabon and now gaining exposure around the world; good quality is difficult to come by and Gabonese Iboga, as well as lesser strength Iboga from other parts of central west Africa is known as powerful plant medicine. Capable of curing most illnesses; quality Iboga can easily be sold within Gabon for a very high monetary value all depending on its origin, the potency and people who have processed it. Today varied potencies of Iboga can be purchased online and around the world but the highest quality of Iboga rarely makes it out of Gabon.
In the western world many people will use Ibogaine which is an extracted residue containing only one of the many beneficial alkaloids in Iboga. Ibogaine is extracted using a chemical process. Much of the Ibogaine that exists in the world today is processed in labs in Europe. After undergoing a chemical process Iboga cannot maintain the spirit of Iboga. Ibogaine is a result of laboratory experiments conducted over 70 years ago in France and the US, while scientists were unsuccessfully attempting to secure patents.
At the Iboga House we use both Iboga and all the total alkaloids. We do an in-house organic extraction on our own Iboga (wild harvested and cultivated from our own trees). This process is done in a traditional Bwiti ceremony in order to preserves all the total alkaloids and the full spirit of Iboga. The reason we use the total alkaloid is because it is easier to digest. Iboga can be quite bitter and difficult for some to swallow. Once extracted and put into capsules it can quickly and easily be given to a patient, especially when someone needs to absorb the medicine quickly in order to avoid the pain of withdrawal when detoxing from highly addictive substances. Apart from being an anti withdrawal medication, it has also been very good for fertility, herpes, hepatitis C, arthritis, fibromyalgia, depression, bipolar disorder and chronic fatigue, just to name a few.
To learn more about the Bwiti click here.