Traditional Amazonian medicine in addiction treatment: Qualitative results

O'Shaughnessy, David M., Sarnyai, Zoltán, Quirk, Frances, and Rodd, Robin (2022) Traditional Amazonian medicine in addiction treatment: Qualitative results. SSM - Qualitative Research in Health, 2. 100086.

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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.

Item ID: 78261
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2667-3215
Keywords: Addiction, Ayahuasca, Dieta, Substance abuse, Takiwasi, Traditional Amazonian medicine, Vegetalismo
Copyright Information: © 2022 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (
Date Deposited: 10 May 2023 23:17
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4208 Traditional, complementary and integrative medicine > 420899 Traditional, complementary and integrative medicine not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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