What is the history of Iboga and Ibogaine?

The substance known as Ibogaine comes from plants in the Apocynaceae family that include the Tabernanathe iboga and the Voacanga africana varieties. When taken internally, Ibogaine has mild hallucinogenic properties. However, curiously the substance also alleviates the user from physical and psychological addiction to a variety of substances that include alcohol and illegal drugs. Banned in the United States, the formulation is often found in Africa, Canada, Mexico and Europe.

The first known use of Ibogaine occurred among the Bwiti community in Africa when a hunter in search of porcupine brought the roots back to his wife as a potential food source. The woman cooked the plant, consumed the roots and began experiencing visions. From that time on, the people used the plant root in a variety of spiritual ceremonies.

Ibogaine became available in France during the late 1800s and was marketed as a medicinal stimulant. The compound’s anti-addictive properties came to light during the 1960s when heroin addict Howard Lotsof used the substance one time recreationally for the hallucinogenic effects and discovered that he no longer craved heroin. Since that time, many countries began evaluating the use of the unusual compound for addiction treatment.

Treatment facilities around the world successfully use Ibogaine for eliminating the symptoms of and the desire for alcohol, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine along with other illegal substances. Researchers contribute the success of Ibogaine to the combination of neurotransmitting substances the compound contains that seem to have the ability to reset the brain. The mind altering properties also provide recipients with the freedom for personal and spiritual reflection.

Staffed by licensed physicians, nurses and a team of other medically trained personnel, the Safe Haven Ibogaine Spa and & Resort welcome guests in search of substance addiction treatment. Each candidate must undergo an initial evaluation, which includes assessing the type and length of substance addiction. Treatment specialists also assess the general physical and mental health of each client.

Upon acceptance into the program, each client begins treatment with a specific dose of Ibogaine. Treatment at the facility also includes individualized counseling and a dietary consultation designed to meet the nutritional needs of individual clients. Conveniently located on Mexico’s scenic coastline means that patients may choose from a variety of meals specially prepared with a large selection of fresh seafood, fruits and vegetables.

Patients stay in private rooms equipped with a TV and a computer having internet access. Clients might also bring laptops and cell phones. Besides being an addiction treatment center, the facility offers a wide selection of world class recreational amenities that include full-service spas, massage therapy, yoga classes and personal trainers. Staff members highly recommend that clients experience a fulfilling stay by participating in any number of activities.

The facility has a billiard table and provides ATVs for four wheeling adventures. The beautiful location also lends itself to nature hikes on the many trails and into the mountains. Reservation packages might also include deep-sea fishing, horseback riding, surf lessons or bicycle excursions. The nearby community features excellent shopping opportunities where clients find everything from inexpensive retail outlets to luxurious unique boutique stores.

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