Trichocereus Pachanoi, is a columnar cactus native to the Andean mountains of Peru and Ecuador. Some of its indigenous names are: San Pedro, Huachuma, Chuma, and Wachuma. It is one of the four most sacred plants of Peru.
The shamanic use of San Pedro in different cultures inside of Peru has been found back in time until 1500 B.C. When the Spanish came to conquer the Incas, several years later, in the Peruvian colonial time, the people started to use the name of San Pedro, because it is a plant that can open the doors to heaven for you, just like Saint Peter in Roman Catholic tradition.
The natives and Shamans typically prepare San Pedro by slicing it and boiling pieces of the stem for a few hours; afterwards the liquid that is left, is taken orally. The cactus is said to taste bitterly, but not too unbearably however. San Pedro can also be taken in the form of powder that is made by drying the cactus.
San Pedro cactus helps us
1. To experience a better connection with nature, for example, you will perceive the auras of trees, animals, rivers, lakes and people. So, for San Pedro ceremonies the ceremonial place is very important, it will be the most important part for the ceremony. And this the shaman knows.
2. For healing; the energy of San Pedro harmonizes the different levels of the chakras, it helps to get more benefits from certain practices such as reiki, reflexology, kinesiology, massages, tai chi, yoga etc. The San Pedro shaman is one of the main practitioners of hands imposition on the body.
3. To enhance our creativity, it’s very good for artists, painters, musicians and dancers because it opens our eyes to the beauty of our mother earth and what she bears.
4. For visions; this visionary stay with this cactus very few people can experience. You know you really have unlocked the San Pedro spirit knowledge when you start to have visions. These visions are very vivid experiences.