Updated: Apr 21, 2022
The Amazon jungle is a veritable treasure trove of medicines, cures and remedies, with many yet to be discovered. Psychedelic forest brews, peptide-rich frog slime and gun powder strength tobacco snuffs to name but a few. Amongst the more obscure treatments is a little known eye medicine called “Sananga”.
But with so much mysticism, lack of research and hocus-pocus surrounding this intense alternative eye remedy, it understandably leaves many sceptical about its efficacy, benefits and safety for personal use.
In this article, I will dispel the myths and provide an easy to follow protocol to ensure you can enjoy all the optical enhancements of Sananga without risking your eyesight.
What is Sananga?
Made by soaking the roots and bark of the Tabernaemontana Undulata shrub in water for 24 hours, Sananga is essentially the jungle equivalent of Optrex eye drops. Much revered by the indigenous tribes, it’s said to cross the boundary between the spiritual and the physical and heal in multiple dimensions. Sananga is used in various ways by the indigenous, primarily as a hunting medicine to enhance visual acuity but also to provide spiritual insight, provoke third eye visualisation and heal various maladies.
Does Sananga improve eyesight?
First and foremost Sananga is renowned for the way it enhances eyesight. Used by many hunter-gatherer tribes as a hunting medicine to increase visual acuity, sharpen ocular perception and improve concentration, Sananga is an essential asset in the successful indigenous huntsman's survival tool kit.
It’s said that Sananga allows the user to detect subtle movements in the visual field thus allowing the hunter to stalk camouflaged prey at night when the jungle is dark and visual cues are at a premium. This alone would make Sananga invaluable to the hunter but furthermore, it’s claimed it can provoke strong visualisations of the animal being hunted giving the hunter inside information about the upcoming event allowing for a faster and more humane kill.
As well as cleansing the eyes’ corneal layer, Sananga is said to decalcify the pineal gland, allowing one to activate the 3rd eye and access higher levels of spiritual insight.
Hunters believe that channelling these powerful premonitions grants them a competitive advantage when stalking prey in treacherous jungle terrain.
This 3rd eye-opening attribute is also why Sananga is often used in preparation before working with other psychedelic medicines such as Ayahuasca. Many users report that their visual experiences with these medicines are heightened by the use of the shamanic eye drops in the hours before.
What are the benefits of Sananga?
Sananga is also claimed to be a true tonic for the eyes and helps maintain optimum ocular health through its antimicrobial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory effects. These effects make it an alternative medicinal treatment for styes, infections, glaucoma and cataracts. Obviously, the Amazon jungle is not the most sterile environment in the world so having a natural medicine with easy access for treating such sensitive conditions as eye infections is a very valuable asset.
Aside from being an eye-enhancing medicine, it is also considered by the indigenous to be a general remedy for human health and can be applied in a multitude of ways.
It is taken orally in only a few instances; when used to treat fevers, as an antidote for snakebites or poisoning and when used for digestive problems. In the case of the fevers and poisons, it is reduced down to a liquor and swallowed, and for digestive issues, it's made into a tincture and taken in drops.
Other uses include treatment for wounds where it is applied topically to the skin, and as a malaria remedy, where it is brewed and then applied as a nasal rinse. Additionally, it can be brewed into a tea that is said to have aphrodisiac effects and will also intensify lucid dream states.
What does Sananga feel like?
The Sananga experience is short but very intense, to say the least. When the drops are applied to the eyes they cause an immediate, intense burning and stinging sensation much like one would imagine the experience of having lemon juice and chilli squeezed into the eyes. This is followed by an energetic rushing feeling that moves over the whole body, confirming the claim that Sananga is not just working on the eyes but rather working on the energy field of the whole body.
From my personal experience using this medicine I’ve come to realise that the key to getting the most out of the Sananga process is to relax and “surrender to the sting”.
The natural reaction from a Sananga first timer is “Holy f*ck my eyes are on fire!”
...and they will sit up and start rubbing their eyes. It’s important to explain to them before it’s applied that they will feel this urge and that they must resist it, breathe deeply and relax into the process. The more one can breathe, relax and surrender to the experience the more pleasant it will become. After some repeated sessions using Sananga where one has become very comfortable surrendering to it, the user will find that it can become quite a blissful experience.
Sananga Dosage. How much should I apply to each eye?
The dosage for Sananga is one or two drops in each eye depending on the strength of the solution, the previous experience of the receiver and what kind of experience one is looking for. One drop in each eye is enough for most people and should be your starting dose only increasing to two drops once one is more experienced with it.
Sananga can be taken sitting with the head tilted back or lying down, although I recommend lying down to new users as it makes the process more comfortable and easier for one to surrender to the experience. After applying to the first eye, apply to the second eye immediately, there is no need to wait in-between applications.
Sananga can be applied by oneself but it’s much easier to have someone else apply it for you so I would suggest those less experienced with it have an assistant apply it for you.
Sananga usually comes in a glass dropper bottle with a pipette or in a plastic squeezy bottle. In the case of the glass dropper bottle suck up some of the liquid into the dropper and apply it one drop at a time. For the squeezy bottle just squeeze the bottle gently to apply in the same way. The whole Sananaga experience should last 3-8 mins with approximately another 5 mins of mild effects after.
How is Sananga made?
The vast majority of users buy Sananga preprepared as a liquid, although Sananga is very simple to make if purchased in its raw form as wood. Sananga is made by soaking the shredded or powdered roots and bark in near-boiling water and then this solution is agitated periodically and left to cool for 24 hours in the fridge. The resultant brew is filtered to remove any residue and then your Sananga is ready to rock. You can control the strength of the solution by how much water is used to soak the wood and of course, you can dilute overly strong mixes later, once they have been made and tested.
How should I store Sananga?
When Sananga is made in the West, colloidal silver is added as a preservative and then the liquid is kept refrigerated to preserve its potency.
Sananga made in this way should last 3-6 months when kept refrigerated and 2-3 weeks unrefrigerated.
Sananga is fine if let out of the fridge for short periods such as leaving it out overnight but ultimately will lose potency when kept unrefrigerated for longer periods. In the jungle, obviously, refrigeration is not an option but there is an abundance of this shrub which grows wild so it is made and used immediately.
Is Sananga Legal in my country?
I’m pleased to say that Sananga is legal globally. There are no restrictions whatsoever so you can purchase and use it without breaking any laws. That being said, like any imported product, customs che