Although the religious attributes may very well be the most important uses among the Bwiti, iboga has several medicinal functions in this tropical region. It is used in small doses as a stimulant for energy and stamina. The healing effects of iboga are demonstrated in its application for the treatment of physiological symptoms relating to infertility, various illnesses, physical ailments, psychological issues because of its therapeutic qualities, and many more. The medicinal use of the ibogaine containing shrub, Tabernanthe iboga has persisted for at least hundreds of years in this region



It is a relatively new medicine in Western societies, but its versatile nature continues to demonstrate more and more potential in the field of medicine. Research is limited when compared to many Scheduled and Controlled Substances in the United States, but it has been consistently proving that the legality of ibogaine should be reevaluated. It is also difficult to research because of this illicit status, and the research conducted exhibits promise in not only addiction recovery, but in psychotherapy as well.


The hallucinogenic qualities produce an experience that connects users to a different perspective to their own life that may otherwise never be fully realized. In many peoples' experiences with ibogaine, they report experiencing past events in their lives from a neutral perspective which is then likely to allude to feelings of acceptance and forgiveness. It has the capacity to reunite a person with their passions in life or even inspire several new passions. Perhaps the revitalization of which ibogaine provides can be better understood through the Latin root word, inspirare which translates to: to breathe life into. It is difficult to sum up the totality of benefits that ibogaine offers patients, but it frequently displays similarly successful results in each individual.


In addition to its therapeutic value, its neurological functions provide similar effects to antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications. It has been proved to repair dopamine receptors and pathways, while also promoting serotonin production to the appropriate amount. It is arguably more effective in depression than current Western medications like Prozac or Zoloft. And since it binds to the natural opiate receptor sites, specifically being a partial agonist at the k opiate receptors it provides a similar effect to drugs like Valium or Xanax, which alleviates anxiety. These effects are long-lasting because naturally derived ibogaine metabolizes into noribogaine which is slowly released from the liver for up to months after one dose.


It is unfortunate that this substance is associated with drugs of a high potential for abuse because it is not a recreational substance by any means. But the therapeutic possibilities appear to be limitless as it is healthy alternative to conventional methods used to treat anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). There is even more recent research that suggests it might have a profound effect on Alzheimer's Disease or the prevention of it, but because its research is prohibited on a grand scale, fully understanding its capabilities is proving to be a slow process. Fortunately, it is available as experimental medicine in a number of countries.