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Sananga Eye Drops


A powerful new way to

perceive the world

Kambo Cleanse and our sister company Shamanic Supply enjoy a close working relationship with the tribes.  We currently work with the Yawanawá, Katukina and Kuntanawa.  These relationships built over the years and are based on mutual admiration and trust.  By working with Kambo Cleanse or by purchasing items from Shamanic Supply you can be sure that you are not only working with the freshest, most sustainable medicines, but that you are also working within a fair-trade framework.  Because so much of the work we do in Shamanism is energetic, please consider for a moment that the energies of the people and the medicines which you work with are very important.  The tribes and I would like to thank you in advance for your support.


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Sananga Eye Drops Explained

Sananga has a longstanding traditional use by many tribes of the Amazon.  It is considered sacred and is used for both healing physical and spiritual ailments.  For example, Sananga can be used to clear the mind of distracting energies, opening up for a completely new way of perceiving and focusing.  It is also used often prior to hunting to increase perception and depth/color perception.

Sananga is handmade in small batches by the tribes and is infused with clear energies of the medicine makers. The Sananga we offer for sale and utilize during Kambo Cleanse retreats is sent directly from the Kuntanawa, Yawanawá and Katukina tribes of Brazil.

Davi Making Sananga in the Jungle

Sananga: Suggested Uses

• To improve eyesight

• To improve intuition

• To quiet a busy mind

• Prior to meditation

• Prior to activities requiring concentration

• Prior to activities requiring detailed focus

• Post computer/cell phone use to clear your field

• Prior to sleep for deeper and more lucid dreaming

It is best to use Sananga for a period, then take a short break.  (ie. one week on, a few days off)

Sananga: Cautions

• Please keep your bottle refrigerated.  This will preserve your Sananga up to 6 months.

• Do not freeze your Sananga.

• Contact lenses should be removed before applying Sananga.

• If your Sananga is just too strong for you, you can dilute it with a sterile saline solution until you can work back to full strength.

• Prepare the person receiving Sananga for the first time. Tell them what to expect and remind them to focus on deep breathing throughout their experience.

• Use periodically, ie. One week on, a few days off.  Work in cycles and vary their length.

Why use Sananga?

• Improved day and night vision

• Clearer, calmer mind

• Deeper meditations

• Strengthens intuition

• Improves lucid dreaming

• Supports psychic abilities

• Stimulates stagnant energies



The Medicinal Roots of the Tabernaemontana Genus

While the two species used most commonly for sananga haven’t been researched as thoroughly, the Tabernaemontana genus as a whole has been studied since the 1970’s. This genus has shown some powerful medicinal potential, and while we can’t assume that the sananga species share all the same properties, it does provide interesting fodder in the discussion for how and why exactly sananga works to treat ocular problems.

Studies on the Tabernaemontana genus have shown the following properties:

  • Antimicrobial: Studies from 1984 and 2002 show that the species T. pachysiphonand T. angulata have antimicrobial properties effective against a variety of bacteria. The bacteria species targeted include Staphylococcus aureus, which can cause skin infections and respiratory infections, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a notoriously drug-resistant bacteria linked to pneumonia, sepsis, and eye infections in people who wear contact lenses.  
  • Antifungal: A 2009 study showed that extracts of T. stapfiana was effective against a variety of fungi species, including Candida albicans, a yeast that can cause thrush in the mouth and yeast infections in the vagina. While Candida infections are typically easy to treat, the fungus poses risk to people with compromised immune systems.
  • Antioxidant: The Tabernaemontana genus also has strong antioxidant properties. While nutritional antioxidants are widely known for their value in maintaining general health, ongoing research also suggests antioxidants could play a critical role in preventing age-related ocular problems like cataracts and macular degeneration.
  • Anti-cancer: Studies dating back to 1977 have shown promising results that Tabernaemontana species could help combat cancer. The African species T. eleganswas shown to be particularly effective at killing cancer cells.

This section referenced from the article Scientific Studies Hint at How Sananga Eye Drops Treat Ocular Diseases

Sananga: How to use the eye drops

Before applying Sananga to another person or yourself, make sure you are in a good place, quiet, balanced and centered.  After application, only hold good thoughts for the Sananga the person receiving or yourself.  Consider carefully your thoughts and the power of your intention: every medicine can only achieve and cure what you are intending.  Welcome the Sananga like an old friend and try not to resist it.  The best way to do that is with a deep, calm and steady breath.

One drop per eye is all that is required for your Sananga ceremony. We recommend being in nature or your garden if possible, else in a quiet spot in your home.  Depending on your experience the effect can last from 2 – 20 minutes, yet subtle after-effects can last for days.  You may be more light sensitive after Sananga, so make sure you are in a shady spot when working outside.  The light sensitivity can last upwards of 30 minutes for some people.

It is important to apply one drop to both eyes, and do not wait to apply the second eye, apply it immediately to balance out the energies of both eyes.  If you are applying to yourself, lie down, close your eyes, apply one drop by your tear duct (the nose side of the eye), then open your eyes and blink for a short time to distribute the liquid over the whole eye.  Ideally, you find a second person who can apply the Sananga for you.  In this case, simply hold open both eyes (see above) and once they are applied, close your eyes and begin working with your Sananga.

Shortly after the application to the eyes, most users report a strong burning and intense prickly pain sensation. Yet, these effects reside after a few minutes and can be alleviated by focusing on your breathing and by reminding yourself that Sananga is a benevolent Spirit, a great healer and all it is doing it is doing for your benefit.

Rarely a person may experience vomiting and/or bowel movements, which are further indications for the removal of blocked energies and illness. Try to surrender fully and relax as much as possible.

Sananga: Usage and Medicinal Effects

The pure spirit of Sananga supports a deep cleansing of blocked energies on emotional, physical, and spiritual levels. Sananga can balance and increase your energies, and find the roots of your diseases and blockages, leading to a complete equilibrium, focus, and peace of mind. Moreover, Sananga eyedrops are known to expand your spiritual vision and awareness and enhance your ability to read others people´s intentions.

Traditionally Sananga is used before hunting as it increases your long-range vision, which is important for the perception of the jungle and predictions of where the game will be.  Basically, Sananga heightens your ability to see and perceive thus it increases your chances of achieving your goals.

Away from the hunt, Sananga eyedrops are also used to cure and improve a broad range of ocular problems (Lambert et al 2010), like myopia, depth and color perception, the definition of images, and detection of accuracy.

Furthermore, people report Sananga eyedrops have helped them in cases of severe eye diseases, such as glaucoma, cataract, and blindness.

As these drops can exert such powerful effects on your visualization, it is not recommended to mix them with other medicines.  It is best to do Sananga three times a day according to Davi, the Sananga Shaman of the Katukina.  Davi likes to do his Sananga the forest to increase his visualization while looking for plants and to open his spiritual insights.

Even though Sananga is famous for its effects on vision and visualization, this medicine is considered to be an indigenous all-purpose remedy. It is applied for febrifuge, emetic, diuretic, calmative, and several other diseases.

Furthermore, Sananga is often used to cure skin illnesses (dermatitis), suppress appetite (Jernigan 2009), ease dental problems (Shepard 1999), and counteract snakebite wounds and poisoning, cure eye wounds and rheumatism (Sanz-Biset et al. 2009; Schultes 1979).

Another important curative aspect of the Apocynaceae family is its widely explored antimicrobial activity, which showed that this family has strong antioxidant (Pereira et al. 2005), anticancer (Kingston et al. 1977; Gunasekera et al. 1980), antifertility/ contraceptive (Meyeret al. 1973), antipyretic (fever reducing), anti-inflammatory (Taesotikul et al. 2003), anti-mycobacterial (Pereira et al. 2005), and antimicrobial (Beek et al. 1984; Suffredini et al. 2002; Ruttoh et al. 2009) effects.

Traditionally, tribes like the Matsés use Sananga eyedrops as a hunting tool to obtain a sharp perception and concentration and to enable the detection of subtle movements in the dark jungle (Lambert et al 2010). Moreover, the drops can enable strong visualizations of the prey or the plant to be hunted, allowing for a quick and successful quest.

Often Sananga is combined with other hunting tools, like Kambo, which further enhance the hunting skills. For most indigenous tribes, hunting means survival and therefore signifies an exceptionally important and crucial ability.  The Katukina tribe though do not recommend mixing these medicines, they ask that people give one hour between the medicines.

The tribes believe that becoming a good hunter and a good aimer, can only be achieved by using sacred plants. These sacred plants enhance the perception and sharpness, intention, sense of smell, endurance and luck. Therefore, hunting tools like Sananga and Kambo, account for about a quarter of all medicinal plants used in indigenous tribes (Shepard 1999).

Sananga: Origin, Creation and Application

Sananga eye drops are made from the Tabernaemontana undulata shrub of South America, and is known to the Kaxinawás tribe as “Mana Heins” and as “Becchete” to the Matsés tribe.

As an aside the visionary plant Iboga (Tabernanthe iboga) also belongs to the Apocynaceae family (König et al. 2015).

The bark of the root of this shrub is first ground to a very fine powder that is strained various times through a cotton mesh and finally, it is extracted into a juice.

When applied on the skin, Sananga leaves are softened by fire and applied directly on the affected part, or the latex from the root is mixed with water and applied with a cloth (Van Beek et al. 1984).  When consumed as a vomiter a drink is made with a water extract of the root bark.

When applied in the eyes, the eyes are held open, and one drop is placed in the center of each eye.  The eyes are then closed and the process of purification begins.  The Katukina say, the more the Sananga stings the weaker the physical and spiritual vision of the person.  In time and with frequent use this stinging gives way to a pleasant experience of just a few minutes.

Sananga: Active Ingredients and Effects

Sananga is said to contain an abundance of alkaloids (Liu et al. 2013), It has been hinted that Sanaga includes the potent active ingredient is ibogaine (König et al. 2015), However, this statement has yet to be scientifically proven.

Apart from ibogaine, several other alkaloids, such as coronaridine, quebrachidine, heyneanine, 3-hydroxycoronaridine, ibogamine and voacangine (Van Beek et al 1984; delle Monache et al. 1977) have been thought to also be contained in Sananga. All of these alkaloids have powerful psychoactive effects and can exert strong antibiotic effects.

There can be slight differences in the composition of Sananga: the Becchete from the Matsés tribe contains Tabernaemontana undulata roots, whereas the Sananga eye drops from the Kaxinawá tribe contains Kunakip (Tabernaemontana sananho) roots. Both of these roots are known to produce strong vision (waimatai) that are very useful for successful hunting (Jernigan 2009).


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