Documentary looks at mystery medicine, Ayahuasca – The Leaf Online

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One of nature’s most powerful and controversial healing remedies, use of the Ayahuasca plant is both a tradition in Amazonian shamanism and a promising new focus of mental health research.

A recent documentary, The Medicine, feature reveals the hidden mysteries of the plant and its increasing popularity in the West. The video is now streaming on digital and on-demand on major platforms including AppleTV, Amazon, Google Play and others.

In the documentary, former NFL safety Kerry Rhodes (NY Jets, AZ Cardinals) and actor AnnaLynne McCord (Power, 90210Nip/Tuck), each facing personal struggles, are introduced to Ayahuasca by Colombian spiritual leader Taita Juanito Guillermo Chindoy Chindoy. Taita (“shaman”) Juanito guides them through an authentic ceremonial practice, and they emerge with new insights about their health, their pasts, and their emotional wellbeing. The Medicine is narrated by actor Stuart Townsend. 

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Actor AnnaLynne McCord prepares for her Huasca session.

The Medicine also features leading scholars and authors from around the world exploring the cultural and scientific significance of Ayahuasca, including Daniel Pinchbeck, Rachel Harris, Graham Hancock, Mauricio Diazgranados, Ph.D., and others. 

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“Practically every tribe in the Amazon region, from Brazil to Peru, has practiced Ayahuasca for thousands of years yet it’s been a mystery how they discovered the extraordinary properties of this particular combination of plants,” said filmmaker Farzin Toussi.

“Can this ancient medicine be a solution to modern problems of addiction, depression, trauma, and disease – has Mother Nature held the cure all along?”

The Medicine is produced by Alma Media and Aperture Media Productions, and distributed by 1091, a global commercial distribution platform for independent film and television content.

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Credits include Farzin Toussi (producer, director), Colet Abedi (producer), Jared Underwood (producer), Ali Moghadas (director of photography), and Shawn Tavassoli (editor). For more information click here.

Ayahuasca, AKA huasca, is distinct from a different addiction-curative plant medicine, ibogaine. Both plants hold tremendous medical potential.


View the film on demand at iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Microsoft Store, Vudu, and FandangoNOW.