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  • Writer's pictureDr. Martin Polanco

A multimodal psychedelic approach to healing trauma and post-traumatic stress.

Ibogaine and 5-MeO-DMT, a multimodal treatment for trauma and post-traumatic stress (PTS).

Depression and anxiety affects about 8 million adults in the US every year, this problem is especially acute in war veterans. In the last several years there’s been an increase of adults suffering from depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress. Among those are Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans needing help to treat post-traumatic stress, many are having difficulties in finding appropriate treatment options and encountering other barriers to receive mental and physical care.

Trauma whether it is directly or indirectly experienced, presents a challenge for many who wish to recover and continue a healthy and balanced way of living. Many adults have suffered from trauma during their childhood or adulthood, some have been through personal experiences while others have been through witnessing traumatic experiences. The impact of trauma in a person has consequences that go deep into the psyche, understanding the profound effect it has on people’s lives provides us with the awareness of the importance to find therapeutic solutions.

Multimodal therapy is an approach to treatment that involves combining two or more modalities that target different aspects of a disease to improve the outcome for recovery and healing. Multimodal therapies are intended to optimize treatment of disorders by delivering different types of therapy together. Some of the modalities used in treatment include 2 different psychedelics or entheogens, psychotherapy/coaching, meditation and massage. These different modalities provide a complementary approach to activate and potentiate the therapeutic effect of the treatment.

A multimodal therapeutic treatment with ibogaine and 5-MeO-DMT for healing trauma and post-traumatic stress, must be done using strict safety protocols, conducted by professional and experienced teams of doctors and therapists and high quality medicine. Making sure to screen patients medically beforehand and providing extensive preparation and integration coaching.

Ibogaine treatment is a 6-12 hour-long experience into the realms of the past, ancestors, trauma and meaningful life events that are brought back for resolution and healing. Ibogaine is an indole alkaloid of the Tabernanthe Iboga plant, a bush that grows in the countries of Gabon and Cameroon.

Research shows that ibogaine stimulates the growth of neurons and promotes brain regeneration, allowing the brain to rewire itself. Ibogaine also helps in regulating dopamine and serotonin levels in the brain bringing the brain back to balance. These chemicals are associated with mood-stabilizing, pleasure and feelings of well-being, and are affected by mood disorders. Those who suffer from trauma and PTS show less activity in certain areas of the brain which can be restored with an ibogaine treatment.

As the client recovers from the ibogaine session, processing and integrating the experience requires patience, a supportive environment and healthy eating and resting.

The use of 5-MeO-DMT days after an ibogaine experience has been shown to provide resolution, enhanced release and a transformation of the sense of self. 5-MeO-DMT is a substance that comes from different organic sources, one of those is the Bufo Alvarius toad, which secretes 5-MeO-DMT through the parotid glands located behind the ears, the curve of the elbow and groin. The substance is vaporized and inhaled and has an effect within 15 seconds after its administration leading to profound psychoactive effects lasting about half an hour. People describe experiencing a mystical state, ego-dissolution, a new sense of well being and of deeper perceptions of reality. The also report a feeling of communion with a higher consciousness.

At The Mission Within, we have extensive experience providing this multimodal psychedelic treatment to those suffering from trauma, depression, anxiety and PTS. Experiencing the treatment can change your life forever, it provides a release of feelings and resolution of the past, a broader state of consciousness where everything in life makes sense and life feels in better balance. This treatment is usually rated among the most significant moments in a person’s life.

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