What You Should Know About Sananga?

Sananga typically consists of roots and bark of the shrub Tabernaemontana undulata, which can be found in Brazil and other countries of South America. In order to extract the juice, the roots are ground into a fine powder.

There are several ocular diseases that this holy medicine will prevent and treat, including glaucoma, cataracts, farsightedness, nearsightedness, and even blindness.

Sananga is primarily used by tribes that live in the Amazon region such as the Kaxinawás, Matsés, and Yawanawás. Sananga is used by some tribes in the Amazon region for sharpening their night vision when hunting, but it is capable of so much more.

Those who use this powerful eye drop will experience a healing power that is more spiritual than physical, and their minds will gain insight as a result. Sananga is often used as part of the preparation for ayahuasca ceremonies as it enhances vision, enhances colors, and removes negative energy.

There is a burning sensation associated with sananga eye drops that typically lasts for a few minutes, but experienced practitioners claim that the pain is one of the healing factors. In order to benefit from sananga, they advise breathing deeply through the discomfort.

The genus Tabernaemontana found in sananga offers the following benefits:


Among the plants found in sananga, tabernaemontana pachysiphon and tabernaemontana angulata have antimicrobial properties that help treat skin infections.


Tanbernaemontana stapfiana prevents the growth of fungi.


The Tabernaemontana genus is also known to possess strong antioxidant properties, which contribute to the prevention of age-related eye diseases.


Berbernaemontana pandacaqui is used to treat arthritis because of its anti-inflammatory properties.


Research has shown the T elegans species of Tabernaemontana is an effective cancer fighter.

Sananga is primarily composed of ibogaine, a psychoactive alkaloid and mild stimulant in small doses, but a powerful psychedelic if it is used in large doses.

Apart from ibogaine, it is thought that sananga also contains coronaridine, quebrachidine, heyneanine, 3-hydroxycoronaridine, ibogamine and voacangine. Alkaloids possess powerful psychoactive properties and can exert strong antibiotic effects.

The effect of sananga is similar to that of other psychedelics, including mental, visual and auditory changes. Sananga is a unique type of psychedelic not only because of its administration method, but also because of the way it affects the body.

In response to the burning sensation that appears after sananga administration, the body releases endorphins, a chemical that relieves pain. These endorphins stay in the body after it is sananga-free, resulting in relaxation.

Traditional Uses of the Plant

Sananga is traditionally used by tribes like the Matses for obtaining clear perception and concentration, as well as for detecting subtle movements in the dark jungle.

Meanwhile, the drops provide stronger visualizations of the prey or the plant being hunted, resulting in a faster and more successful search. In addition to Sananga, Kambo is often used in combination with Sananga to improve hunting skills. Indigenous tribes depend on hunting for survival, so it is an extremely powerful and vital skill.

In tribal beliefs, becoming a good hunter or seeker is only possible through the use of sacred plants. There are sacred plants that improve the perception and sharpness, the intention, the sense of smell, the endurance, and the luck of people. Sananga and Kambo, for example, are hunting tools that have traditionally been used as medicinal plants by indigenous tribes.


“To focus better on art” is what this word means in Shipibo. Women of the tribe use Sananga drops to refine their ability to focus on crafts such as sewing, painting, embroidery and making pottery – which is a form of handicraft. Textile paintings and embroidery are famous among the Shipibo.

Shipibo women learn to practice from their mothers and grandmothers at an early age.


This word can be translated into Shipibo as ‘for better vision’. Before and during Ayahuasca ceremonies, Sananga drops are used to enhance a participant’s ability to “see” and to open them to a world of visions. After using eye drops, the vision becomes clearer and more detailed.

Shipibo members also say eye drops allow them to see far into the future – allowing them to better predict and foresee upcoming events.

Active components and Effects

Components with active properties: All of these substances can exert vasoconstriction effects in the body, either at the level of circulation or of transmission of signals. Sananga possesses several biologically active alkaloids, such as flavonoids, polyphenols, saponins, tannins, and terpenes. However, their biological activity is mainly attributed to cyperons, which are believed to have antimalarial and antioxidant properties.

Furthermore, although Sananga reeds, which themselves contain a large amount of ergot alkaloids, have been studied, the full scope of effects and bioactive ingredients of this sacred plant are still unknown. Furthermore, since the plant reproduces not by seed but by vegetation, there are many different subspecies of Sananga with diverse alkaloid compositions.

Sananga is said to contain a large amount of alkaloids, although it has not yet been proven that it contains ibogaine, a powerful active ingredient. Sananga may also contain alkaloids such as coronaridine, quebraquine, heineanine, 3-hydroxyconaridine, ibogamine, and vocanine, in addition to ibogaine. The alkaloids all possess powerful psychoactive properties, as well as antibiotic properties.

Sananga drops of the Kaxinawá tribe contain Kunakip (Tabernaemontana sananho) roots while the Becchete of the Matsés tribe contains Tabernaemontana undulata roots. This combination of roots produces a clear vision (waimatai) that is necessary for successful hunting.

Precautions and Dose

To understand dosage, you must first understand the power of your thoughts. Each medicine can only achieve what the patient firmly believes and intends.

With just a drop per eye, a powerful session of Sananga is possible. In order to benefit from meditative music, it is recommended to find a quiet and calm place, either in nature or at home in a meditative environment. It usually takes 10-15 minutes for acute effects to disappear, but subtler effects may last for days.

Keep your eyes opened in the beginning of the session to ensure proper application. One drop should be applied to both eyes, and the second drop should be applied immediately to balance the energies in both eyes. Blink to spread the fluid throughout your eye. Ideally, a healer should apply Sananga to you while providing Reiki throughout the process.

Many people report feeling a burning sensation after applying the product to their eyes, as well as experiencing a release of energy. Although these effects last only a few minutes, you can alleviate them by focusing on your breathing and visualizing the pain removing blocked energies and producing deep healing.

Additionally, vomiting and bowel movements may also be experienced, which are indications of blocked energy and diseases. Become relaxed as much as possible and surrender.