Iboga is one of the most powerful plant medicines known to man. Iboga’s root bark has been used for thousands of years for healing and divination purposes. Iboga’s visionary properties are said to be significant to the healing process, and it’s believed that it gives its users access to infinite knowledge from the beginning of time. It’s also believed that iboga allows one to speak to the dead while being granted access to their world.

Iboga is often referred to as the Tree of Knowledge, the Karma Cleanse, Holy Wood, Rebirth, and it’s also said to transfer negative energy into a positive energy, along with claims of being an instant detox of the calcified pineal gland (3rd eye). The 3rd eye is said to be “the seat of the soul” and is the connecting factor between our world and the spirit world.

With iboga’s history and the claims the surround it, it’s really nothing short of magical or super natural. Here at ICS we try to embody both the mystic and scientific explanations. We do not push ideologies and beliefs, but rather let our guests develop their own opinions/beliefs through their own experiences.


Ibogaine is an isolated alkaloid from the root bark of the Tabernanthe Iboga Shrub, which grows in West Central Africa. There are many other plants that carry similar alkaloids, and in most of these plants, ibogaine is only present in very small amounts, if any at all. Some clinics do use Ibogaine that has been synthesized from Voacanga Africana, using this ibogaine is said to be a tougher experience and the extract is said to be less effective. ICS only uses ibogaine that has been derived from the Tabernanthe Iboga Shrub.

Knowing the different forms of iboga is important. Each form is of a different strength and is utilized for different ailments. A good example of this would be how root bark will not revert an opiate dependent person back to a pre-addictive state. When you hear the term HCL we are speaking of the alkaloid Ibogaine. HCL is an isolated extract of the Tabernanthe Iboga’s root bark. It will contain ibogaine and no other alkaloids. Root-bark is the raw bark that has been shaved from the roots of the Tabernanthe Iboga Shrub. Root-bark contains all the Iboga alkaloids, and 4% to 6% is Ibogaine. TA stands for Total Alkaloid, which is another extract of the Tabernanthe Iboga Shrub’s Root Bark. TA contains all the Iboga alkaloids, and 40% to 60% is Ibogaine.

Most practitioners utilize only one form of iboga in their clinics. Here at ICS we utilize all three of the mentioned forms. We use both HCL and TA combined to ensure everyone receives the true Iboga Experience. All guests have visions and nobody leaves feeling that they were under-dosed.

Withdrawal Symptoms from Heroin and Opiates

Drugs like heroin and other opiates can hijack the pleasure centers of the brain where addiction occurs. These drugs mimic natural “pleasure” chemicals and plug into the brains neural receptors, creating a euphoric effect that the body identifies as a positive reward.

Our bodies are wired to seek out pleasurable stimuli based on our natural survival mechanisms. This form of pleasurable stimuli is what makes drugs like heroin and opiates so addictive.

Dependence sets in quickly and, within a relatively short time frame, many addicts are only using to avoid withdrawals and to feel a sense of normalcy.

And withdrawal symptoms from heroin and opiate use are some of the most difficult to overcome. When an addict stops using, the brain sends out distress signals which we call physical withdrawal. The physical withdrawal can include everything from tremors, fevers, nausea, vomiting, cold sweats, sleeplessness, body aches, seizures, and severe hallucinations.

Ibogaine Treats the Physical Brain

Ibogaine treatment works on the same neurotransmitters in the brain that have been affected by opiate and heroin use.

By targeting these areas in the brain, Ibogaine resets the brain back to its pre-addicted state. The majority, if not all, of the withdrawal symptoms from heroin and opiate addiction are eliminated, and the dependant person is relatively normalized in a period of 24-36 hours.

This process can take weeks, even months, for the addict to do naturally without the help of Ibogaine. The reduction in withdrawal symptoms is what makes Ibogaine such a powerful drug addiction treatment. Many substance dependant people use drugs to avoid withdrawals. Ibogaine allows the dependant person to overcome their withdrawal symptoms in a matter of hours, giving them a chance to decide for themselves to stay off drugs and move forward with their lives in a more positive way.


Ibogaine’s Treatment and the Psyche

But Ibogaine doesn’t work only on the physical brain. Addiction is often a profoundly personal ailment that requires true introspection and psychological healing to overcome. Ibogaine induces a state of dissociative objectivity in many addicts that allows them to view their past from a unique perspective.

Often, someone that is dependant can confront the underlying reasons for turning to drugs and alcohol in the first place. Trauma, negative life experiences, and bad decisions are usually dealt with during this introspective phase, helping the person achieve a new level of understanding and healing.

This form of healing, in conjunction with other methods, can give a person the insight they need to understand their trauma finally and to face their dependency issues in a new and more effective way.

How Safe is Ibogaine?

Ibogaine is not without risks and should only be administered by an experienced practitioner, 24/7 care, and medical monitoring equipment to reduce risk and complication associated with Ibogaine treatment.

You will be required to undergo specific tests to make sure that you’re healthy enough, and strong enough to go through the experience safely.

Find the Path That’s Right for You

Ibogaine is an alternative treatment option that isn’t right for everyone. The best treatment method is the one that works for the individual person.

In the end, the individual must decide to stay sober. Don’t be discouraged, don’t lose hope, and don’t be afraid to think outside of conventional methods. Everyone deserves a happy, successful life free from addiction.