About the Iboga Association of Cape Town
The Iboga Association Cape Town established in 2006 is a body of registered professionals working in the field to assure complete confidence in the many aspects of Iboga’s (Tabernanthe Iboga) application to the patient. These aspects include patient safety; screening and in understanding the rich history iboga has as a traditional African medicine with anti-addictive; anti-depressant and anti-viral properties. For an indepth explanation of how I personally became involved with Iboga, explore this background page.
We are the first in South Africa to perform Ibogaine extraction when previously it was only available through establishments in Europe; at highly inflated prices in some cases. We have also gone on to research Iboga propagation with the hope that we will be able to grow Iboga without having to sacrifice the plant in the process. This is made possible by growing the root in quadrants so that we are able to stress the plant before harvesting a section of the root to increase its alkaloid content; and in the end saving the plant and providing a renewable or sustainable source of medicinal root bark. We hope that propagation in this way will relieve some of the pressure a renewed interest and demand in the plant may create.
Iboga is a rare African medicinal plant native to select areas of West Africa (In Gabon and bordering countries); and often only reaches maturity after five to eight years depending on the climatic conditions.
It is currently at great risk from poaching and over harvesting – often when the plants are still too young – in West African countries experiencing economic crisis and poverty.
The message we wish to send out; along with additional information to the public; is that Iboga or its alkaloids should never be administered without the presence or advice of an experienced professional. Each person needs individual attention to ascertain dose and regimen; as well as to adhere to a stringent screening procedure before the patient is considered a suitable candidate for treatment. Individuals react differently to the experience regardless of dose. Some people have experienced a “full-blown” experience using the smallest amount; while at times the depth of the experience on a psychotherapeutic level may vary considerably.
One does not need to have an issue related to addiction to gain from what this magical plant has to offer.
In many cases a person may be as stuck as some one with a drug related problem but because their coping mechanism is socially acceptable (such as shopping; being consumed by work or being dependent on anti-depressants) the problem often goes unchecked and the person suffers in silence. In a way we see people like this as “more at risk” because their problems are not as easily noticed as some one taking illicit drugs compared to say prescription drugs provided by a GP or physician. It is my opinion that each and every person has some level of psychological baggage that inhibits them in reaching their full potential. In this respect everyone can potentially gain from the ibogaine experience or learn some thing of great value from it.
One does not have or need to be dependant on illicit drugs in order to receive the benefits of Iboga.
The Ibogaine experience is known to leave the initiate or patient with a renewed sense of self; personal understanding and awareness. It is common to experience a complete re-evaluation of one’s life and life experiences with a heightened awareness of the far reaching consequences of their actions; and how all “living” things are somehow connected. Each of our actions has consequences so far reaching we are seldom aware of how far reaching their influence may be and this becomes clear after taking Iboga or Ibogaine. Iboga does not just offer a chance to right the wrongs of the past “so to speak” but also to gain a completely different perspective of the gifts life has to offer us through a better understanding of ones self; ones own personal potential; and the relationship we have with the world around us.
The Iboga Association Cape Town lists the following professionals among its current members and or associates: Registered nurses; General practitioners; Natural Health Care Practitioners; traditional Bwiti “N’ganga” (or healers); Researchers; Professors of Pharmacology; anthropologists; councillors and analysts; horticulturalists; and members of the public in their own personal capacity: All of which are beneficial in the ongoing research of Iboga as one of Africa’s most valuable medicinal plants. Should you wish to contribute in any way; especially with respect to cataloguing experiences; click on the link to have access to the “Iboga Association Cape Town” blog online.
Privately: We do consider sharing information in regards to dose; protocol; extraction and supply; with established healthcare providers that adhere to the minimum standards and requirements for patient screening and safety.