How Shamanic Plants Are Curing PTSD For Veterans

Dylan Charles | Waking Times

Wars should not be waged so frivolously as hey are today, for the human spirit is too fragile to engage in such barbarity without suffering terrible consequences. Even the strongest, most dedicated, and most courageous of soldiers can be haunted for life after combat. Killing others and surviving death while buddies may not have been so lucky can do that to a man.

“PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is a condition that has had limited progress in the creation of viable treatment options for people afflicted with this despair and rage inducing disorder. Conventional medicine has come up with no long-term answers to the problem, which not only has a range of dangers for the person who has PTSD but also for the society at large.” [Source]

Getting for help for PTSD through the Veteran’s Administration is a frustrating experience for many returning from war, and the typical treatments follows the psychiactric model which prescribes counseling and psychotropic medications, which for many, only further cloud the psyche, preventing any true resolution of the fear and guilt associated with combat-related PTSD. As an alternative, many desperate veterans are seeking treatment from an unusual source, an entheogenic shamanic plant medicine from Africa, named iboga.


“Iboga is a psychoactive plant medicine derived from the root bark of a small African shrub, tabernanthe iboga, and has been used for perhaps thousands of years as a shamanic medicine and healing sacrament for tribal Africans of the Bwiti tradition and Pygmy peoples. The bark of the roots is removed, shredded, then ingested in raw form, or an extract of the primary psychoactive alkaloid, ibogaine, can be derived.” –Dylan CharlesOpiates, Iboga and the Roots of Self-Destruction

Taken in a proper, well-protected and guided ceremonial context, this medicine induces a fascinating and almost indescribable psychological and spiritual journey within the mind’s eye. It is known for its success in treating many persistent psychological neuroses including depression, anxiety, and compulsive behavior, and is especially well-known for its effectiveness in treating opiate addiction, which is becoming a serious public health crisis. It works because the induced journey triggers much deeper than typical awareness of the continuity of life, and opens a powerful spiritual connection to the eternal, loving consciousness of the universe.

Some compare the intense and extended psychological journey to the trips induced by well-known psychedelic drugs such as LSD and psilocybin mushrooms, and accordingly, it is listed as a schedule I controlled substance. The notable difference between psychedelics and iboga, however, is in the unmistakable spiritual nature of each journey, which most often leads people through a life review and a guided conversation with their own eternal soul, offering clarity and closure to painful issues. 

“Tapping into your own database of memories, memes, and anchor points, the spirit of Iboga crystallizes momentous visuals on your inner chalk board, while many also hear a telepathic voice of truth both answering questions and pointing out blind spots over the course of a single session which can last up to 36 hours depending on your sensitivity, dose, and current state of consciousness.” -Dylan Charles, Iboga, the Matrix, and Pineal Gland Decalcification

READ: The Difference Between My Psychiatrist and My Shaman

For these reasons, evidence supporting the effectiveness of treating PTSD with iboga is largely antecdotal, not clinical, and while very few clinicians will attest grant it scientific efficacy, the real-life stories of people who’ve dirctly addressed and overcome PTSD with this shamanic medicine are quite intriguing. Many personal accounts of the unusual and life-changing iboga journey and how it relates to post-combat stress can be found online, adding further credibility to the argument that some medicines don’t have to be fully understood to be very effective.

Here is a section of a personal account of how the experience of iboga helped this author to overcome PTSD:

“I was allowed to see with intense clarity scenes from my life, moments of triumph and kindness, but more importantly times when I was monstrous and unkind…times when my PTSD reared its ugly head and I felt psychotically obligated to show the rest of the world my pain. I was shown also possible futures, outcomes both apocalyptic and serene, and I knew in those moments Mr. Iboga was showing me not simply my pathways through time, my life path, but the choice for us all to live in the light or perish in the darkness.

I understood in that moment that my fear had put me off the path towards the light, that all engulfing fear that possessed me with thoughts of worthlessness and suicide had become my temporal vehicle into a dismal and deadly future that wasn’t going to stop until it tore me away from every bit of love and light I held in the core of my heart. Mr. Iboga showed me how to open the door of this vessel of doom, how to send it careening into the abyss without me, and at the end of my arduous journey, 31 hrs. in total, how to let go of my affliction.” –D.M. Smith

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  1. 878154818939589@facebook.com' Denny Derocher says:

    Look within. If you are have problems with stress or anxiety or simply want to enhance your meditation skills my composition on YouTube may help you. Please use headphones and listen to the entire recording about 15 minutes for best results. Try it for a few days and see if you feel the difference it can make in your life. Thank you for listening and may peace and love find you. Simply Google Spirit of the Wind 10.

  2. 10153381655724151@facebook.com' Megan Moore says:

    James Twobirds Caldwell can we do this?

  3. 10206454742824552@facebook.com' Heidi Wendell says:

    Yes… HELP OUR VETS!!
    However, Conscious Life News… it would be much more “conscious” of you to take out the words “war on terror”…. as that is a created fallacy to get our multinational corporations on foreign soil for profits (via stealing their resources and fueling the War Machine). Nameste.

  4. 174919346191749@facebook.com' Alex Davies says:

    Meditation is great treatment, iboga, a psychedelic can make matters worse for some individuals by dredging up the experiences again, beneficial for some but not all, its not always the best solution

  5. 778212755658707@facebook.com' Tucker Dread says:

    Why help for veterans who are tired and stressed after killing millions of people. It would be more logical to extend compassion to the victims of war who have been terrorised and traumatised by these veterans.

  6. 10203817796444705@facebook.com' Angela Kessler says:

    God bless them.

  7. Anonymous says:

    How about not sending them out to kill?

  8. 150203335340171@facebook.com' Helena Maria Vieira says:

    God courage these soldiers

  9. 10153228862854205@facebook.com' Anny Ruygrok says:

    David Hoffmaster

  10. 138000139899589@facebook.com' Audrey Lees says:

    Not just soldiers….our RCMP, our Police, our Paramedics, EMS, EMR, Fire fighters, Registered Nurses,

  11. 758496370946308@facebook.com' Danne Indigo Hippie says:

    Thc, mdma, Mushroom, meditation, binural beats etc is doin wonders in medical trys against this

  12. 1077720095592155@facebook.com' Phil Barnard says:

    It is shameful to request and in many cases demand our young people become warriors to fight in wars and then when they returned with the problems engendered by combat to discard them like so many disposable items in our lives. Veterans are the responsibility of those who send them into battle. It is always been this way throughout history and unfortunately it is still this way.

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