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Ibogaine Treatment for Mental Health and Behavioural Addictions

For generations, the Bwiti of Gabon have incorporated Tabernanthe Iboga, a powerful botanical remedy, into their sacred rituals. This deep-rooted connection between the Bwiti and Iboga dates back centuries. Merging ancestral Gabonese traditions with Christian influences, the Bwiti faith deeply influences the spiritual and communal facets of their society.


Historically, the Pygmies are believed to be the pioneers in recognizing iboga's curative powers. Subsequently, the Bwiti embraced this plant to augment their spiritual awareness and overall well-being. When some from the Bwiti community were captured and taken to Egypt, they carried with them precious bits of the Iboga plant. Only a handful in Egypt knew of the root bark's ibogaine content, a potent alkaloid. After this revelation, they started using it for broader consciousness, restricting its use amongst the enslaved Pygmies.

Introduction to Ibogaine


Derived from the West African Tabernanthe Iboga plant, ibogaine is a naturally occurring psychoactive alkaloid that has, for centuries, held cultural and spiritual significance for the Bwiti tribes of the Congo region. In modern times, establishments like us here at Quinta da Fé recognize the compound's immense potential to combat a variety of mental health disorders and behavioural addictions.

How Ibogaine Operates

Central to its therapeutic prowess, ibogaine recalibrates neurotransmitter pathways, notably glutamate, dopamine, serotonin, and opioid receptors. This restructuring of neural routes addresses addiction and mood disturbances. Simultaneously, the induced dream-like state offers a platform for introspection, allowing individuals to address deep-seated issues.


Ibogaine Treatment for Mental Health Issues


Depression and Anhedonia

  • Understanding Anhedonia: A hallmark symptom of depressive disorders, anhedonia manifests as a profound loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities. Those affected often report feelings of numbness, hopelessness, and a pervasive negative perspective on life.

  • Challenges of Conventional Treatments: Anhedonia's resistance to typical SSRIs, combined with the nascent stage of alternatives like ketamine and ECT, underscores the need for more effective solutions.

  • Ibogaine's Intervention: Beyond chemical balance restoration, ibogaine provides patients with a profound 8-12 hour psychedelic journey. During this experience, it enhances neurotransmitter release, such as serotonin and dopamine. This often leads to profound breakthroughs, sometimes surpassing years of conventional talk therapy.



  • The PTSD-Addiction Complex: PTSD victims, facing traumas like violence or the loss of loved ones, often grapple with concurrent addiction issues.

  • Ibogaine's Dual Advantage: Ibogaine not only resurfaces deeply buried traumatic memories for processing but also rebalances the brain’s neurotransmitter production, replenishing levels of dopamine and serotonin.

  • Encouraging Outcomes: Reports from PTSD patients after ibogaine therapy frequently mention enhanced self-compassion, reduced fear and anxiety, and improved interpersonal relationships.

Tackling Behavioural Addictions

  • Eating Disorders: Deeply connected to early emotional traumas, disorders like anorexia or bulimia significantly degrade life quality. Ibogaine therapy can disrupt harmful eating patterns, reduce body and food obsessions, and bolster emotional health.

  • Gambling Addiction: Beyond the excitement of games, gambling disorder entraps many in its clutches. Ibogaine offers introspective insights into the root causes of such behaviours and concurrently addresses challenges like depression.

  • Sex Addiction: More than just a physical compulsion, Compulsive Sexual Behaviour uses intimacy as an escape from deeper distress. Ibogaine's therapy provides both a deep look into past traumas and a recalibration of brain pathways.


Emphasizing Safety in Treatment

      With profound effects comes the responsibility of ensuring safety. At Quinta da Fé, we prioritize comprehensive pre-treatment evaluations and continuous monitoring. Our operations in Portugal, where ibogaine is decriminalized, further affirm our commitment to secure, legal practices.


A Comprehensive Road to Recovery

     While ibogaine is transformative, recovery is a broader journey. Post-therapy, Quinta da Fé offers:

  • Personalized counselling.

  • Nutritional guidance.

  • Holistic practices, including meditation, cold exposure and breathwork.

  • Post-treatment support via our partnerships with specific aftercare clinics.


For more details or assistance, contact us. Let us be your guide in this transformative healing journey.

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