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Hi Lynn,

Good to hear from you, and sorry for the delay in replying.

My migraines have been greatly reduced by two shamanic plant hallucinogens. The first, and most important, is Ayahuasca -- which is entirely legal (with its use protected under laws of religious freedom) throughout the countries of the Amazon basin. Ayahuasca is presently illegal in Britain (because it contains the Class A hallucinogen Dimethylryptamine). In the United States the Supreme Court has recently ruled that members of the Unio de Vegetal (an Ayahuasca "church" originating in Brazil) may consume Ayahuasca legally in the context of their ceremonies. There are presently only about 150 UdV members in the US (mainly in New Mexico) but this is nevertheless an extremely important development in the direction of personal and religious freedom.

The second shamanic plant hallucinogen that moderated my migraines is Iboga (the active ingredient is called Ibogaine), which originates in Central Africa and is used by the Bwiti religion of Gabon and Cameroon.

Both Ayahuasca and Ibogaine are thoroughly described in my book Supernatural. Both have powerful (and sometimes distressing) physical side-effects which you must be fit and willing to deal with in order to experience the extraordinary impact that these plants have on consciousness. Of the two, Ibogaine's physical side effects are by far the most severe (I was seriously ill, violent vomiting, dizziness, shakiness for nearly 48 hours). For those with a compromised liver or weak heart, Ibogaine must be absolutely ruled out (there have been deaths). In the case of Ayahuasca you will typically experience an hour or two of vomiting and diarrhoea but usually nothing worse. Those on MOAI drugs, or SSRI anti-depressants such as Prozac and Seroxat MUST NOT take Ayahuasca until these pharmaceutical drugs have been out of their system for -- preferably -- three months. ALWAYS DO A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION FOR YOURSELF ON ANY POSSIBLE SIDE-EFFECTS BEFORE CONSIDERING EITHER AYAHUASCA OR IBOGAINE! This is the responsibility of any adult thinking of putting any powerful medicine into their system.

Now as to the details of my migraines! I have suffered terribly from migraines since the age of 17. By my early 50's I was locked into a horrible cycle of up to 20 migraines a month (sometimes more) which I controlled with the prescription drug called Immigran (in the UK) and Immitran (in the US), wherein the active ingredient is sumatriptan. This category of anti-migraine drugs is known collectively as triptans.

The first time I drank Ayahuasca, in Holland in November 2003, I immediately had a full month of complete relief from migraine. The migraines came back in December 2003. In late January 2004 I went to the Amazon and drank Ayahuasca ten more times over a 4 week period. This time I was free of migraines for a couple of months afterwards, but eventually they came back. Then in July 2004 I took Ibogaine and afterwards enjoyed three months free of migraine, but again the migraines eventually came back. Next adventure was in June/July 2006 (i.e. this year) when I travelled to Brazil to drink Ayahuasca 5 more times. After that I noticed an immediate and dramatic change to my migraine pattern. Specifically between mid-July and mid-December, 5 months, I would "normally" have expected to use upwards of 100 (repeat one hundred!!) Immigran (sumatriptan) injections to control my repeated migraines. Instead I have needed only 2 (repeat two) of these injections in this five month period and as a result the prescription I picked up in July still remains largely unused. The two migraines that I have suffered in this 5 month period were both immediately following large public-speaking events (one in Glastonbury, UK; one in New York) where I was on-stage with a bright light shining pretty much directly at my eyes, and where I gave out a lot of energy to the audience and left the stage feeling drained.

So, yes, I can definitely say that Ayahuasca has almost completely freed me of the lifelong burden of migraine, and the rare residual migraines that I still suffer are manageable.

I will not take Ibogaine again (really painful and physically unpleasant experience) but I intend to continue drinking Ayahuasca perhaps two or three times a year for the rest of my days on this planet. It is a wonderful lifegiving mixture of two Amazonian plants, it is healing in every respect (reduction of migraines being only one aspect of a more general healing that it has worked for me), and in addition it opens a secret doorway to the spirit world that surrounds us all the time but that we are usually not able to see in the normal, alert, problem-solving state of consciousness favoured by our society today.

Interestingly MAPS (the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) has recently been sponsoring research at Harvard Medical School into the use of LSD and psilocybin to control Cluster Headaches (which, as you know, are closely related to migraines). If you want to learn more about the positive health benefits of Ayahuasca search (amongst other things) "the Hoasca Project" on the internet.

I wish you every good fortune in getting migraine out of your life. Those who do not suffer from it have no idea how agonising and debilitating it can be.

Warm best wishes

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migraines and psychedelics 1238 lynnv 09-Dec-06 04:40
Re: migraines and psychedelics 464 Richard Fusniak 09-Dec-06 10:11
Re: migraines and psychedelics 433 Raja 09-Dec-06 10:17
Re: migraines and psychedelics 372 Psychedelic Wonders 09-Dec-06 14:50
Re: migraines and psychedelics 417 lynnv 09-Dec-06 16:17
Re: migraines and psychedelics 461 Psychedelic Wonders 09-Dec-06 18:56
Re: migraines and psychedelics 330 Raja 09-Dec-06 20:04
Re: migraines and psychedelics 454 Michael Hayes 09-Dec-06 20:14
Re: migraines and psychedelics 414 lynnv 09-Dec-06 22:42
Re: migraines and psychedelics 339 Richard Fusniak 10-Dec-06 15:57
Re: migraines and psychedelics 386 lynnv 09-Dec-06 16:16
Re: migraines and psychedelics 395 David L 09-Dec-06 17:53
Re: migraines and psychedelics 370 lynnv 09-Dec-06 22:35
Re: migraines and psychedelics 396 Hoppy 09-Dec-06 22:04
Re: migraines and psychedelics 356 lynnv 09-Dec-06 22:37
Re: migraines and psychedelics 375 Hoppy 09-Dec-06 22:45
Moderator note 376 Richard Fusniak 09-Dec-06 22:52
Re: Moderator note 423 lynnv 09-Dec-06 22:56
Re: Moderator note 369 Richard Fusniak 09-Dec-06 23:02
Full-blown migraines 517 lynnv 09-Dec-06 23:26
Full-blown migraines 436 Richard Fusniak 10-Dec-06 00:16
Re: Full-blown migraines 342 lynnv 10-Dec-06 00:56
Re: Full-blown migraines 373 Richard Fusniak 10-Dec-06 01:05
Re: Full-blown migraines 347 debraregypt 10-Dec-06 01:22
Re: Full-blown migraines 514 lynnv 10-Dec-06 16:23
Re: Full-blown migraines 514 Gigatron 10-Dec-06 17:01
Re: Full-blown migraines 381 lynnv 10-Dec-06 17:44
Acupuncture 449 Raja 10-Dec-06 17:38
Re: Acupuncture 353 lynnv 10-Dec-06 17:45
Re: Acupuncture 362 Raja 10-Dec-06 17:56
Re: Acupuncture 435 Raja 10-Dec-06 18:02
Laxatives 383 Richard Fusniak 10-Dec-06 18:22
Re: Laxatives 483 Raja 10-Dec-06 18:29
Re: Laxatives 422 Raja 11-Dec-06 17:22
Re: Laxatives 470 debraregypt 14-Dec-06 12:16
Re: Full-blown migraines 376 Hoppy 10-Dec-06 00:18
Re: Full-blown migraines 540 Richard Fusniak 10-Dec-06 00:28
Re: Full-blown migraines 353 lynnv 10-Dec-06 01:21
Re: Full-blown migraines 348 Psychedelic Wonders 10-Dec-06 15:30
Re: Full-blown migraines 1089 lynnv 10-Dec-06 16:16
Halluciongens may not be cracked up to be total cure 367 Richard Fusniak 10-Dec-06 16:38
Re: Halluciongens may not be cracked up to be total cure 392 Susan Doris 11-Dec-06 08:01
Re: Halluciongens may not be cracked up to be total cure 377 Richard Fusniak 11-Dec-06 16:08
Re: Halluciongens may not be cracked up to be total cure 487 debraregypt 14-Dec-06 12:19
Re: Full-blown migraines 349 lynnv 11-Dec-06 22:58
Re: Full-blown migraine 347 David L 10-Dec-06 16:25
Re: Full-blown migraine 411 lynnv 10-Dec-06 17:46
A rare disease, Cronic Vomiting syndrome and ... 371 W_C_Sally 12-Dec-06 23:58
Re: A rare disease, Cronic Vomiting syndrome and ... 338 lynnv 13-Dec-06 00:07
Re: A rare disease, Cronic Vomiting syndrome and ... 378 Richard Fusniak 13-Dec-06 02:00
Re: A rare disease, Cronic Vomiting syndrome and ... 388 debraregypt 14-Dec-06 12:22
Re: migraines and psychedelics 3730 Graham Hancock 11-Dec-06 09:34
Re: migraines and psychedelics 445 lynnv 11-Dec-06 16:56
Ayahuasca and vomiting 387 David L 13-Dec-06 02:04
Ayahuasca Route 514 kelpy 13-Dec-06 16:11
Re: Ayahuasca Route 363 lynnv 13-Dec-06 16:41
Re: Ayahuasca Route 349 Raja 14-Dec-06 07:00
Re: migraines and psychedelics 336 Psychedelic Wonders 14-Dec-06 02:09
Re: migraines and psychedelics 394 ingi 12-Dec-06 15:47
Re: migraines and psychedelics 487 lynnv 12-Dec-06 17:45
Quakery 474 Richard Fusniak 12-Dec-06 18:18
Re: Quakery 362 lynnv 12-Dec-06 18:56
Coffee, florescent lights and CRT screens 457 Richard Fusniak 13-Dec-06 02:07
Re: Coffee, florescent lights and CRT screens 350 lynnv 13-Dec-06 02:37
Re: Coffee, florescent lights and CRT screens 371 debraregypt 15-Dec-06 00:24
Re: Coffee, florescent lights and CRT screens 356 Raja 15-Dec-06 06:48
Re: Coffee, florescent lights and CRT screens 358 lynnv 15-Dec-06 17:07
Re: Coffee, florescent lights and CRT screens 368 Raja 15-Dec-06 17:28
Re: Coffee, florescent lights and CRT screens 362 lynnv 15-Dec-06 17:35
Quakeapathy 444 ingi 14-Dec-06 14:31
Re: Quakeapathy 323 lynnv 14-Dec-06 17:06
Like cures like 453 Raja 14-Dec-06 17:50
Re: migraines and psychedelics 325 David L 13-Dec-06 02:06
Re: migraines and psychedelics 512 Raja 15-Dec-06 13:06
Re: migraines and parasites 375 debraregypt 15-Dec-06 14:07
Re: migraines and parasites 389 Richard Fusniak 15-Dec-06 16:32
Re: migraines and parasites 358 lynnv 15-Dec-06 17:08
'Stop trying to be my doctor' 388 Richard Fusniak 15-Dec-06 19:14
Re: 'Stop trying to be my doctor' 322 lynnv 15-Dec-06 19:47
Re: 'Stop trying to be my doctor' 414 Richard Fusniak 15-Dec-06 21:51
Not "psychedelic" but shamanistic. There is a big difference. 420 Graham Hancock 16-Dec-06 10:46
Re: Not "psychedelic" but shamanistic. There is a big difference. 362 lynnv 16-Dec-06 21:52
Re: Not "psychedelic" but shamanistic. There is a big difference. 450 W_C_Sally 17-Dec-06 09:56
Re: Not 376 Richard Fusniak 17-Dec-06 17:14
Re: Not 391 debraregypt 17-Dec-06 17:28
Re: Not 493 lynnv 17-Dec-06 17:34
Re: Not 485 debraregypt 17-Dec-06 17:42
Re: Not 349 lynnv 17-Dec-06 18:42
10 patients on gluten-free diet, 7 cured 401 Richard Fusniak 17-Dec-06 18:58
Re: 10 patients on gluten-free diet, 7 cured 382 lynnv 17-Dec-06 20:00
Re: 10 patients on gluten-free diet, 7 cured 336 Richard Fusniak 17-Dec-06 20:32
Re: 10 patients on gluten-free diet, 7 cured 517 Raja 28-Jan-09 06:27
Re: Not 335 Graham Hancock 18-Dec-06 14:47
Re: Not 347 lynnv 18-Dec-06 17:46
Re: Not "psychedelic" but shamanistic. There is a big difference. 390 kurtr 22-Dec-06 17:39
Re: migraines and parasites 494 debraregypt 16-Dec-06 14:36
Re: migraines and parasites 358 Richard Fusniak 16-Dec-06 15:54
Re: migraines and parasites 469 debraregypt 16-Dec-06 16:01
Re: migraines and parasites --curatives-- keep us in the loop!t 343 W_C_Sally 17-Dec-06 10:00
Re: migraines and parasites --curatives-- keep us in the loop!t 376 debraregypt 17-Dec-06 13:24
Re: migraines and parasites 350 Richard Fusniak 17-Dec-06 15:17
Re: migraines and parasites 506 debraregypt 17-Dec-06 16:17
Re: migraines and parasites 384 Richard Fusniak 17-Dec-06 16:43
Re: migraines and parasites 392 debraregypt 17-Dec-06 17:15
Re: migraines and parasites 420 Richard Fusniak 17-Dec-06 17:18
Re: migraines and parasites 351 debraregypt 17-Dec-06 17:25
Re: migraines and parasites 356 Richard Fusniak 17-Dec-06 18:38
Re: migraines and parasites 363 debraregypt 17-Dec-06 18:53
Re: migraines and psychedelics 354 sharloten 06-Jan-07 04:29
Re: migraines and psychedelics 383 lynnv 06-Jan-07 04:55
Re: migraines and psychedelics 427 debraregypt 06-Jan-07 15:35
Re: migraines and psychedelics 372 lynnv 06-Jan-07 16:00
Re: migraines and psychedelics 341 Richard Fusniak 06-Jan-07 16:06
Re: migraines and psychedelics 384 lynnv 06-Jan-07 16:22
Re: migraines and psychedelics 487 Richard Fusniak 06-Jan-07 16:46
Re: migraines and psychedelics 347 lynnv 06-Jan-07 17:48
Re: migraines and psychedelics 358 Richard Fusniak 06-Jan-07 18:01
Re: migraines and psychedelics 368 lynnv 06-Jan-07 18:11
Re: migraines and psychedelics 370 Richard Fusniak 06-Jan-07 18:25
Re: migraines and psychedelics 377 sharloten 06-Jan-07 22:55
Re: migraines and psychedelics 316 Raja 07-Jan-07 05:47
Re: migraines and psychedelics 385 Psiloscribe 06-Jan-07 22:51
Re: migraines and psychedelics 396 lynnv 06-Jan-07 23:04
Re: migraines and psychedelics 387 Psiloscribe 06-Jan-07 23:11
Re: migraines and psychedelics 409 W_C_Sally 28-Jan-09 23:02
Re: migraines and psychedelics 385 afriendofomadaepsilon 30-Jan-09 06:51
Imigran-sumitriptan-Full circle. 499 Chaka 30-Jan-09 13:27

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