The Ayahuasca Purge

The Ayahuasca experience is frequently described by many as a transforming journey of self-discovery and self-exploration. The ritual has the power to elicit significant insights and revelations that enable people to comprehend their own nature, behavioral patterns, and the importance they carry in life on a deeper level. It provides direction and clarity for matters pertaining to relationships, personal development, and life decisions.

It does not, however, come without a price. Ayahuasca not only provides but also takes, and the ayahuasca purge is just that. By definition, purging is the process of removing an undesirable attribute, state, or emotion from something. Similar ideas of cleansing apply within the context of an ayahuasca ceremony. But why is it significant and why does it occur during the ceremony? Let’s better understand the process of the purge.

What’s Ayahuasca Purge?

Purging is an essential component of an ayahuasca ceremony as it allows participants to cleanse themselves and release any negative factors that might be holding them back. This purging process can take on different forms and may result in both physical and emotional intensity. During the course of the ceremony. It is not uncommon for individuals to experience one or more of the following manifestations:

  • Vomiting
  • Shaking
  • Intense Sweating
  • Crying
  • Uncontrollable Laughter
  • Diarrhea

Purging is a natural and expected occurrence during an ayahuasca ceremony, and it is widely acknowledged for its potential therapeutic benefits. Whether it is an individual’s first or hundredth ceremony, purging should not be feared. In fact, it can be something to anticipate positively. For thousands of years, in the heart of the Amazonian jungle, purging has been practiced and tolerated, with the belief that it facilitates the release of accumulated emotions and negative energy. Some describe it as a process of shedding unwanted energetic baggage.

If one finds it challenging to purge during an ayahuasca ceremony, it is essential to approach the experience with patience and self-compassion. Each person’s journey with ayahuasca is unique, and purging can vary in intensity and timing. If struggling to purge, it can be helpful to focus on surrendering to the process, allowing oneself to fully experience the medicine’s effects, and trusting in the healing potential of the ceremony. Ayahuasca facilitators or experienced individuals present can offer guidance and support in navigating through any difficulties encountered during the purging process.

Is Ayahuasca Purging Good or Bad?

There are many debates about whether purging is good or bad. Realistically, nobody likes to vomit or be stuck on the toilet because of an upset stomach, but these little sacrifices can add up to something extraordinary. Purging will allow you to release the stagnant energy and emotional baggage breaking negative patterns that may hinder your personal growth. For this reason, we can look at purge as a catalyst for deep inner cleansing facilitating physical, emotional, and spiritual renewal. Remember that purging is also a part of your ayahuasca journey and without it, the experience wouldn’t be as effective as it is.

Physical Purge

While unpleasant, a physical purge during an Ayahuasca ceremony is a necessity for healing and transformation. It serves as a detoxification mechanism that allows the body to release accumulated toxins. Diarrhea and vomiting are common forms of a physical purge but don’t worry, at OM we got you! We have 3 restrooms steps away from the maloka, therefore you won’t have to worry.

When our bodies detoxify, it doesn’t only remove physical toxins, it also removes any energetic blockages that have accumulated over time. Ayahuasca synergizes with the body’s system activating all organs in order to facilitate a deep cleansing. When toxins are released, the body becomes lighter and rejuvenated, it can also be overlooked as an act of catharsis and rebirth. By releasing what no longer serves us, we create space for new energies, vitality, and healing to enter. Don’t try to resist the Ayahuasca purge, trust the process and allow your body to release what it no longer needs.

Emotional Purge

Emotional release is another important factor when it comes to the Ayahuasca purge. It is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for profound emotional healing and liberation of emotions that might be holding us back. Ayahuasca has the potential to bring to the surface emotions that have been deeply buried within ourselves, such as traumas and unresolved experiences. During the ceremony, it’s not uncommon to see people crying or laughing intensively, as ayahuasca can cause intense emotional states. However, they’re all part of the healing process, allowing you to confront and release emotional burdens that have been held within. While it may sound scary, the Ayahuasca ceremony offers a safe and supported space for people to express and process their emotions fully, without any judgment. Through tears, screams, or deep introspection, people release emotional baggage and find healing in the presence of Ayahuasca and the supportive environment of the ceremony.

Coping Tools for the Ayahuasca Purge

Purging can be challenging and sometimes even overwhelming. As participants confront suppressed emotions and face their inner demons, it’s easy to get lost on the journey. That’s where coping tools and helpers become invaluable allies, providing much-needed support and guidance throughout the Ayahuasca purge. Here are some of the most common tools used in order to ease the purge:


Rapé is a finely ground shamanic snuff that holds significant cultural and spiritual importance. Derived from Nicotiana Rustica, a type of tobacco, Rapé distinguishes itself from the tobacco found in cigarettes. It is administered through the nose. This sacred snuff combines not only tobacco but also a blend of other medicinal and sacred plants, including tree bark, leaves, seeds, and various botanicals. This interesting blend can facilitate the purging process making it easier for participants to release emotional and physical tension.


One of the most natural techniques used to ease off the tension is walking. When the effects of Ayahuasca start to unfold it’s common to feel restless. Taking a light walk or just gently moving can help you shift the energy and provide a sense of grounding. It can also be seen as a distraction from the unpleasant effects of purging, allowing participants to move through the intensity of the purge with ease.

Breathing Techniques

Breathwork, also known as deep diaphragmatic or belly breathing, has been shown to elicit relaxation responses in the body, according to a study published in Frontiers in Psychology. Using breathing techniques such as this one can improve your mental, spiritual, and physical well-being, as it can help you cope with stressful situations such as the purge. Deep and controlled breathing can also help alleviate nausea that is caused by the Ayahuasca brew.

Sound and Music

During the ceremony, music and sound are used to guide participants through different emotional states helping them release suppressed emotions. Focusing your attention on sounds and trying to stick with the rhythmic beat can also be used as a distraction from the unpleasant effects of the purge.

Honoring the Process

Continual self-work is not a linear journey, it encompasses everything from extraordinary progress to setbacks and plateaus. Understanding the fact that growth is not always smooth and honoring the process by accepting these opportunities can grant great success for learning and resilience. Cultivating wisdom, patience, and self-compassion after the purge will help you face challenges with an open heart, helping you grow and evolve.

Final Word

Being an extraordinary journey with huge potential for self-discovery and transformation, the Ayahuasca experience comes with its challenges and the purge is one of them. Purging both physically and emotionally is an integral part of the Ayahuasca ceremony and it serves to cleanse and release all negative factors that may be hindering your personal growth.

The Ayahuasca purge is challenging, but shouldn’t be feared. It is a simple catalyst for deep inner cleansing and transformation by breaking negative patterns and facilitating personal growth. By surrendering yourself to the process and trusting in the healing potential of the ceremony, you can embrace the purge as something that’s an essential part of the Ayahuasca journey you are about to take.

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