Sananga is a powerful liquid made from the root bark of the Tabernaemontana undulata shrub, which is a part of the Apocynaceae family. This remedy is made by a Katukina tribe from deep inside the Brazilian Amazon. The Tabernaemontana undulata can grow to heights of 10 m tall. The plant itself has also been used for both food and remedies. It can be found growing in various regions such as Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas, Panama, Costa Rica, and Trinidad.
When the liquid is being made, it is infused with intentions and prayers for healing to bring about clarity and focus. Traditional there are reports that it is used for the healing of various physical conditions, as well as spiritual ailments, for the clearing of the mind and one’s energetic field to support a new way of perception and focus. Where Sananga is most often used is for the deep clearing of blockages on the emotional, physical and spiritual levels. It is believed to have the capacity to balance and increase the vitality of the body while also uncovering deep roots of illness and blockages that may have led to disease. Sananga facilitates a sense of wellbeing, clarity and peace of mind.
Traditionally, drops are applied into the eyes to expand spiritual vision and awareness while enhancing one’s ability to read other people’s intentions. Sananga is also said to increase a person’s long-range vision. Indigenous people believe it can also be used to treat a broad range of ocular problems such as myopia, depth and colour perception, definition of images and for detection accuracy. It has also been used in the treatment of various other eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, and even blindness, but not scientific evidence has been reported yet.
The drops are known to exert such a powerful effect on a person’s ability to receive visions, particularly when applied before or during Aya-mother ceremonies. It can increase visualization and spiritual insights. Other traditional uses include use as a febrifuge, emetic, diuretic, calmative and for several others including skin conditions, addiction, apetite suppressant, to ease dental problems, to counteract snakebite wounds and poisoning, to cure various eye wounds, rheumatism and to end negative thought patterns. Another important curative aspect of the Apocynaceae family is its antimicrobial activity, it is a strong antioxidant, anticancer, fever-reducing, anti-inflammatory, antimycobacterial and antimicrobial.
Traditionally used in Brazil by the indigenous people to increase their visual acuity for hunting within the Amazon rainforest. It helps to sharpen their eyesight, awareness and extra sensory perception so they may stay strong and focused. They believe that the Sananga drops also enhance ‘panema’. When a person lacks panema, there is low-drive, motivation and focus, laziness, depression, sadness, bad luck and negative energetic influences that can attract difficulty in life along with disease. The Yawanawa, Kaxinawa and Katukina believe that Sananga extends their connection into the spiritual realms. On an energetic level, this sacred medicine helps to open the third eye, while decalcifying and activating the pineal gland. It clears negative thought patterns and mental confusion, aligns the chakras and the aura while clearing away negative energies.