About the Dieta

Dieta Restrictions

The main restrictions to abstain from during the 10-day dieta:



  • Added Salt
  • Added Sugar
  • Added Spices and Herbs
  • Fruit, Specifically Acidic and Over-Ripened (Fermenting)
  • Pungent and Caustic Vegetables
  • Processed Oils
  • Frozen or Cold Food and Drinks
  • Dairy


  • Mammals (Red and White Meats), Specifically Pork
  • Factory Raised Fowl
  • Carnivorous and Farm Raised Fish
  • Fermented Drinks and Foods, Specifically Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Recreational Drugs
  • Pharmaceutical Drugs
  • Herbal Supplements and Multi-Vitamins


  • Sexual Activities and Thoughts
  • Bathing with Soaps and Shampoo
  • Deodorants, Lotions, Creams, Makeup, and Hair Products

The earlier one can refrain from consuming and participating in these restrictions prior to initiating the dieta, the better. Many foods, drugs, and pharmaceuticals react very strongly to certain Amazonian plant medicines; please refer to this forum for a very thorough list and possible reactions. Depending on the individual and the plant, there may also be a “post-dieta” (determined by the Maestra) during which you won’t be allowed to have the biggest energy shifters: sex, alcohol, drugs and pork. The post-dieta will provide additional time for your body to become accustomed to the healing and teachings of the samá.

These restrictions are meant to cleanse our physical, emotional, energetic, and spiritual bodies, which allow us to develop a clean and uninterrupted relationship with a plant medicine and teacher. A strict and properly observed dieta will better purify our bodies and make it easier for us to recognize and feel the subtleties of the plant medicine and connect with its accompanying spirit, or íbo, to heal us and teach us.

To receive true healing and teachings from the plants, it is necessary to build a relationship of respect with the plant and its spirit. This is done through the proper and complete observation of the traditional samá, and is maintained, and strengthens, with offerings of thanks and praise, also additional periods of dieta. Many Shipibo healers began their practice by healing their own illnesses through a traditional samá.

This dieta will be 10 days long, an appropriate length for an introductory dieta in the Shipibo tradition. There will be 5 traditional sound healing ceremonies and each person will twice drink the infusion of a master plant. The dieta will begin with a stomach cleansing emetic, which induces vomiting, and will then have an energetically cleansing and invigorating “blooming bath”.

If you have a certain illness that you want to work on during this dieta, please let us know as Maestra Manuela could prepare a specific master plant infusion or tincture for you.

A portion of the earnings of each dieta will help purchase land for Maestra Manuela and her family, allowing her to work comfortably from her own home.