Traditional Amazonian medicine in addiction treatment: qualitative results

David M. O’Shaughnessy*, Zoltán Sarnyai, Frances Quirk, Robin Rodd

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Abstract

Traditional Amazonian medicine, and in particular the psychoactive substance ayahuasca, has generated significant research interest along with the recent revival of psychedelic medicine. Previously we published within-treatment quantitative results from a residential addiction treatment centre that predominately employs Peruvian traditional Amazonian medicine, and here we follow up that work with a qualitative study of within-treatment patient experiences. Open-ended interviews with 9 inpatients were conducted from 2014 to 2015, and later analysed using thematic analysis. Our findings support the possibility of therapeutic effects from Amazonian medicine, but also highlight the complexity of Amazonian medical practices, suggesting that the richness of such traditions should not be reduced to the use of ayahuasca only.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100086
Number of pages8
JournalSSM - Qualitative Research in Health
Volume2
Early online date1 Jun 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2022

Keywords

  • Addiction
  • Substance abuse
  • Traditional Amazonian medicine
  • Ayahuasca
  • Dieta
  • Takiwasi
  • Vegetalismo

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