The Therapeutic Use of Ayahuasca

  • Beatriz Caiuby Labate
  • Clancy Cavnar

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxii
  2. Fernanda Palhano-Fontes, Joao C. Alchieri, Joao Paulo M. Oliveira, Bruno Lobao Soares, Jaime E. C. Hallak, Nicole Galvao-Coelho et al.
    Pages 23-39
  3. Jessica L. Nielson, Julie D. Megler
    Pages 41-58
  4. José Carlos Bouso, Jordi Riba
    Pages 95-109
  5. Beatriz Caiuby Labate, Rafael Guimarães dos Santos, Rick Strassman, Brian T. Anderson, Suely Mizumoto
    Pages 153-159
  6. Xavier Fernández, Josep María Fábregas
    Pages 161-182
  7. Xavier Fernández, Rafael Guimarães dos Santos, Marta Cutchet, Sabela Fondevila, Débora González, Miguel Ángel Alcázar et al.
    Pages 183-196
  8. Brian T. Anderson, Beatriz Caiuby Labate, Celina M. De Leon
    Pages 197-215
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 225-226

About this book


This book presents a series of perspectives on the therapeutic potential of the ritual and clinical use of the Amazonian hallucinogenic brew ayahuasca in the treatment and management of various diseases and ailments, especially its role in psychological well-being and substance dependence. Biomedical and anthropological data on the use of ayahuasca for treating depression, PTSD, and substance dependence in different settings, such as indigenous contexts, neo-shamanic rituals, contemporary therapeutic circles, and in ayahuasca religions, in both South and North America, are presented and critiqued. Though multiple anecdotal reports on the therapeutic use of ayahuasca exist, there has been no systematic and dense reflection on the topic thus far. The book brings the therapeutic use of ayahuasca to a new level of public examination and academic debate. The texts in this volume stimulate discussion on methodological, ethical, and political aspects of research and will enhance the development of this emergent field of studies.


Ayahuasca Ethnopharmacology Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder drug and therapeutic potential psychedelics and therapeutic agents

Editors and affiliations

  • Beatriz Caiuby Labate
    • 1
  • Clancy Cavnar
    • 2
  1. 1.CIDE Región Centro Circuito Tecnopolo Norte s/nCenter for Economic Research and Education (CIDE)AguascalientesMexico
  2. 2.Nucleus for Interdisciplinary Studies of Psychoactives (NEIP)San FranciscoUSA

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