Plant medicines such as Wachuma San Pedro have been used for thousands of years amongst Indigenous populations worldwide. In more recent years, these sacred plants have become increasingly available to those living outside native communities. Western travellers in particular are becoming more interested in traditional medicine and ancient wisdom teachings. When sacred plant medicines are administered in a ceremonial context under the guidance of a Shaman or healer, they can provide profoundly healing and transformative experiences. The medicine is typically prepared as a tea ; pieces of the stem are boiled for a few hours, and once the liquid is cooled it is taken orally. It is known as a gentle, powerful Masculine teacher plant.
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Wachuma is a cactus Trichocereus Pachanoi , native to the Andes between the deserts to the mountains. The use was reported in the ancient history of the Andes at least over 5, years if we count Caral and it is still use in different parts for medicinal reasons or traditional medicine, and in certain places can be grown as an ornamental cactus. It has been used for healing and religious divination in Peru since the last century. The Wachuma cactus is undoubtedly one of the most ancient of the master plants of the Andes. The oldest registered archaeological evidence, is a Chavin stone carving in part of its temple in the Northern mountains of Peru, which goes back to B. We also find the symbolism of the cactus with power animals as the feline and the hummingbird decorating old textiles of Chavin. Some Andean ceramics made between the and B.
Prepare your mind and body
For over years, the cactus has been used as a medicine, a teaching and healing plant, and is used for prophecies and for the expansion of consciousness. Like the Ayahuasca vine, the San Pedro cactus is a master plant and is also called the grandfather plant because of its masculine energy. In order to obtain the powerful medicine from the San Pedro cactus, first the outer mm thin layer is peeled off. Then, it is cut into small pieces or slices, the inner core being removed and thrown away. The pieces are placed in a large dish and covered with water. The bowl is then placed in the sun for a whole day and a whole night in the shade. The next day it is emptied into a large pot and boiled. In this process, the liquid becomes slightly thicker and slimy, and the contents of the pot are then emptied back through a sieve, into the dish. The remaining slimy liquid is the medicine and is handed over to the participants in a ceremony for drinking. The ceremony usually takes place during the day, is accompanied by a shaman and can take up to 12 hours.
Wachuma is the Quechuan name for the San Pedro cactus. It is said that if done with the right intentions, people can see into their past, future, and heal deep, emotional wounds. A couple of days before the ceremony, we were told not to eat meat and have mostly fruit and vegetables which I do anyway.