Sananga is made from the roots and bark of the Tabernaemontana undulata shrub a “milkwood” species in the family Apocynaceae, and comes from the Amazonian tribes peoples. This sacred and potent medicine is used for healing physical and spiritual ailments, by clearing the mind of distractive energies and allowing for a complete new way of perceiving and focusing. Although Sananga is said to contain Ibogaine alkaloids there is actually little evidence to suggest this is in fact true. Tabernaemontanta is not actually a genus but a “sub-family”, and therefore also classified as “Tabernaemontanoidae”. McKenna reports that only some of the several dozen or so plants in this sub family contain ibogaine, others like ‘undulata’ may only have analgesic or sedative properties.
The pure spirit of Sananga supports a deep cleansing of blocked energies on emotional, physical, and spiritual levels. Sananga can balance and increase your energies, and find the roots of your diseases and blockages, leading to a complete equilibrium, focus and peace of mind. Moreover, the drops will expand your spiritual vision and awareness, and enhance your ability to read others people´s intentions. Also, Sananga increases your long-range vision, which is important for visualizations and predictions of the future. Apart of this, the drops are also used to cure and improve a broad range of ocular problems (Lambert et al 2010), like myopia, depth and color perception, definition of images, and detection accuracy. Furthermore, this magical modality is indicated in cases of severe eye diseases, such as glaucoma, cataract, and blindness. As these drops can exert such powerful effects on your visualization, they are also commonly applied before or during Ayahuasca ceremonies, to increase visualization and spiritual insights.
Even though Sananga is famous for its effects on vision and visualization, this modality is considered to be an indigenous all-purpose remedy. It is applied for febrifuge, emetic, diuretic, calmative, and several other diseases. Furthermore, Sananga is often used to cure skin illnesses (dermatitis), suppress appetite (Jernigan 2009), ease dental problems (Shepard 1999), and counteract snakebite wounds and poisoning, cure eye wounds and rheumatism (Sanz-Biset et al. 2009; Schultes 1979). Another important curative aspect of the Apocynaceae family is its widely explored antimicrobial activity, which showed that this family has strong antioxidant (Pereira et al. 2005), anticancer (Kingston et al. 1977; Gunasekera et al. 1980), antifertility/ contraceptive (Meyeret al. 1973), antipyretic (fever reducing), anti-inflammatory (Taesotikul et al. 2003), anti-mycobacterial (Pereira et al. 2005), and antimicrobial (Beek et al. 1984; Suffredini et al. 2002; Ruttoh et al. 2009) effects.
Traditionally, tribes like the Matsés use Sananga as a hunting tool to obtain a sharp perception and concentration, and to enable the detection of subtle movements in the dark jungle (Lambert et al 2010). Moreover, the drops can enable strong visualizations of the prey or the plant to be hunted, allowing for a quick and successful quest. Often Sananga is combined with other hunting tools, like Kambo, which further enhance the hunting skills. For most indigenous tribes, hunting means survival and therefore signifies an exceptionally important and crucial ability.
The tribes believe that becoming a good hunter, can only be achieved by using sacred plants. These sacred plants enhance the perception and sharpness, intention, sense of smell, endurance and luck. Therefore, hunting tools like Sananga and Kambo, account for about a quarter of all medicinal plants used in indigenous tribes (Shepard 1999).
Origin, Creation and Application #
Sananga eye drops are made from the Tabernaemontana undulata shrub that grows in Acre, Brazil and other South American countries, and is known to the Kaxinawás tribe as “Mana Heins” and as “Becchete” to the Matsés. Mana Heins or Becchete belong to the Apocynaceae family, the same family that iboga (Tabernanthe iboga) belongs to (König et al. 2015). The bark of the root of this shrub is first ground to a very fine powder that is strained various times through a cotton mesh and finally it is extracted into a juice. When applied on the skin, Sananga leaves are softened by fire, and applied directly on the affected part, or the latex from the root is mixed with water and applied with a cloth (Van Beek et al. 1984). Yet, it can also be applied with a drink made with a water extract of the root bark.
Active ingredients and effects #
Sananga is said to contain an abundancy of alkaloids (Liu et al. 2013), It has been hinted that Sanaga includes the potent active ingredient is ibogaine (König et al. 2015), However this statement has yet to be sceintifically proven. Apart from ibogaine, several other alkaloids, such as coronaridine, quebrachidine, heyneanine, 3-hydroxycoronaridine, ibogamine and voacangine (Van Beek et al 1984; delle Monache et al. 1977) – – have been thought to – – also be contained in Sananga. All of these alkaloids have powerful psychoactive effects and a.o. can exert strong antibiotic effects.
There can be slight differences in the composition of Sananga: the Becchete from the Matsés tribe contains Tabernaemontana undulata roots, whereas the Sananga eye drops from the Kaxinawá tribe contains Kunakip (Tabernaemontana sananho) roots. Both of these roots are known to produce strong vision (waimatai) that are very useful for successful hunting (Jernigan 2009).
Before thinking about the dose, you should reflect carefully on your intention: every medicine can only achieve and cure what you are intending.
Only one drop per eye is enough for a powerful Sananga session. We recommend finding a calm and quiet place, either in nature or at home in a peaceful setting and with meditative music. The acute effects will wear off after 10-15 min, yet subtle after-effects can last for days. Make sure you lie down to enable a good application and leave your eyes closed during the session. It is important to apply one drop to both eyes, and do not wait with the second drop, apply it immediately to balance out the energies on both eyes. Thereafter, you should blink with your eyelids for a short while to distribute the liquid over the whole eye. Ideally, you find a second person who can apply the Sananga for you.
Shortly after the application to the eyes, most users report a strong burning and intense prickly pain sensation. Yet, these effects reside after a few minutes and can be alleviated by focusing on your breathing and by visualizing how the pain removes your blocked energies and brings deep healing. Moreover, one may also experience vomiting and bowel movements, which are further indications for the removal of blocked energies and illness. Try to surrender fully and relax as much as possible.
Reproduced here with the kind permission from the author Maurice de Graaf for inclusion in the IAKP Newsletter.