For millennia, Amazonian shamans have healed any kind of ailment using natural remedies and brews. They knew about nature’s secret herbs which they used to treat any kind of physical or psychological problem.
One of the most common brews was the ayahuasca brew, which contains a powerful compound known as DMT. According to studies, DMT can ease depression and a variety of mental problems, and new findings suggest that the brew can also produce new brain cells. This is a groundbreaking discovery which could be used as a basis for further development of drugs that can treat mental disorders.
The research was conducted by scientists involved in the Beckley/San Pau Research Program, and showed that the powerful brew can promote the production of new neurons in the brain. The lead researcher, Dr. Jordi Riba, says that the team has been able to develop completely new hippocampal stem cells in young and mature neurons by mixing the said cells with harmine and tetrohydroharmine from the ayahuasca brew. The scientific world is in awe of the new discovery which could change everything we knew about how our brains work.
Although certainly important, Beckley Foundation founder Amanda Feilding says that it’s too early to celebrate. “So far, everything was done in a petri dish,” she says. “If, however, everything is as good as it looks, we’ll move to in-vivo research to see if the brew could actually be a future treatment for mental disorders.”
The discovery offers renewed hope for thousands of Alzheimer’s disease patients, but there’s still much more to investigate. As Feilding says, they’re at stage one, and the next step should be to replicate the results using other compounds found in the brew. She also hopes that it could branch out to other psychedelics such as LSD. “I want to see it – I have a feeling that we’ll get similar or the same results,” Fielding said.
Fielding and Riba are only two of the growing list of neuroscientists who are examining the effects of psychedelics on our mental health. If the ayahuasca brew and other psychedelics just a fraction of what studies suggest, it could be the cure for mental disorders we’ve all been hoping for.
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