The Profound Power of an Amazonian Plant – and the Respect it Demands

Gabor Maté is a retired B.C. physician who has treated some patients with ayahuasca, known for psychedelic healing powers. He is the author of When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress.

As a Western-trained doctor, I have long been aware of modern medicine’s limitations in handling chronic conditions of mind and body. For all our achievements, there are ailments whose ravages we physicians can at best alleviate. In our narrow pursuit of cure, we fail to comprehend the essence of healing.

Thus the popularity of ayahuasca, the Amazonian plant medicine that many Westerners seek out for the healing of physical illness or mental anguish or for a sense of meaning amid the growing alienation in our culture.

– Read the entire article at The Globe and Mail.