Tabernanthe iboga is a shrub native to Central West Africa traditionally used in rites of passage and healing ceremonies. Its main alkaloid is ibogaine, which has been used since the 1960s for the treatment of addictions.
Ibogaine is the most researched of the known iboga alkaloids. It is estimated that the plant’s other alkaloids could also have therapeutic properties. Iboga has been shown to be effective in reducing addiction severity, eliminating the withdrawal syndrome associated with opioid use, and in reducing the compulsive desire to consume a wide variety of drugs. The iboga experience can facilitate a deep review of one’s personal history and current situation as well as modification of behavior and perceived role in family and society.