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Researchers declare that ayahuasca tea helps the formation of latest neurons

The result was obtained in a study by the Complutense University of Madrid.

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October
7, 2020

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This article has been translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors can occur due to this process.

The study combines the results of a four-year "in vitro" and "in vivo" experiment on mice. Ayahuasca is obtained from a mixture of two Amazon plants, the ayahuasca vine (Banisteriopsis caapi) and the chacruna bush (Psychotria viridis).

Have you tried ayahuasca tea? A study carried out by researchers at Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) found that the Amazonian drink traditionally used by shamans helps create new neurons.

The study summarizes the results of a four-year “in vitro” and “in vivo” experiment on mice that showed higher cognitive capacity when treated with dimethyltryptamine (DMT), one of the components of ayahuasca, according to José Antonio López, researcher in the Faculty of Psychology at Complutense University and co-author of the work.

Ayahuasca is obtained from a mixture of two Amazon plants, the ayahuasca vine (Banisteriopsis caapi) and the chacruna bush (Psychotria viridis). "In ayahuasca, DMT binds to a type 2A serotonergic brain receptor and then its hallucinogenic effects are amplified. In this research, that bond is made with another receptor called sigma-type, which does not have these effects." its future administration to patients, "they explain in the study report.

According to José Ángel Morales, researcher at the Institute of Cell Biology at UCM and the Center for Research in the Network of Neurodegenerative Diseases (CIBERNED), the ability to modulate the plasticity of the brain is indicative of great therapeutic potential for a wide range of psychiatric disorders and neurological disorders .

The death of certain neurons creates the symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, the researchers said. Although humans are able to generate new neuronal cells, this always depends on other factors.

The challenge for scientists will be to activate the brain's ability to develop new neurons to replace those that die in people with neurodegenerative diseases.

"Ayahuasca" means "liana or rope of spirits" and is used by South American shamans as a traditional medicine in the Amazon peoples.

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