La Luna del Amazonas

Ayahuasca retreat outside Iquitos, Peru

Medical guidelines

Depending on which medications you are taking, you may not be able to participate in our ceremonies. It is very important that you let us know which medications you are taking.

Ayahuasca contains MAOIs which can have serious interactions with certain medicines. If you are taking anti-depressants, you may need to stop taking them 2-6 weeks before the retreat.

Consult your doctor before stopping any medicine. Never attempt to do it on your own.

Do not take drugs before, during or after the retreat.

Also stay away from foods containing high amounts of tyramine.

Tyramine occurs widely in plants and animals, and is metabolized by various enzymes, including monoamine oxidases. In foods, it often is produced by the decarboxylation of tyrosine during fermentation or decay. Foods containing considerable amounts of tyramine include meats that are potentially spoiled or pickled, aged, smoked, fermented, or marinated (some fish, poultry, and beef); most pork (except cured ham). Other foods containing considerable amounts of tyramine are chocolate; alcoholic beverages; and fermented foods, such as most cheeses (except ricotta, cottage, cream and Neufchâtel cheeses), sour cream, yogurt, shrimp paste, soy sauce, soybean condiments, teriyaki sauce, tempeh, miso soup, sauerkraut, kimchi, broad (fava) beans, green bean pods, Italian flat (Romano) beans, snow peas, edamame, avocados, bananas, pineapple, eggplants, figs, red plums, raspberries, peanuts, Brazil nuts, coconuts, processed meat, yeast, an array of cacti and the holiday plant mistletoe.

Tyramine, Wikipedia (last visited Jan. 17, 2017).