According to Schultes and Winkelman (1996), “Diet is viewed as a tool helping to maintain the altered state of consciousness (ASC) which permits the plant teacher to instruct, provide knowledge, and enable the initiate to acquire power. The diet is viewed as a means of making the mind operate differently, providing access to wisdom and lucid dreams. These regimens provide strength . . . .” In Luna’s studies of aya-huasca shamanism in Peru, he likewise says that the “necessity of diet — which includes sexual segregation — to learn from the plants was stressed by every vegetalista I met” (1991).
As the dieta progresses, the sensations and communications get stronger. The relationship becomes closer and deeper, eventually forming a special bond, a friendship between the dieter and the plant spirit. It is through this friendship that the curandero or student receives benefit from the relationship, the fruits of the dieta. This new friend provides information, guidance, and energy to assist in the healing process. Sometimes, it takes time for a friendship to develop, especially if the dieters determination is not completely solid, and there is no guarantee as to what will result from a dieta, but if it is done right, with the right intentions, thoughts, actions, and energy, it should produce a beneficial connection that will continue to develop after the dieta has been completed or closed.
Cuando se está durante un proceso de pérdida de peso es posible que el médico o el nutricionista indique, además de la alimentación saludable y de la practica de actividad física, la ingesta de algún medicamento o remedio natural que ayude a acelerar el metabolismo, quemar la grasa acumulada, inhibir la absorción de grasa en el intestino, disminuir el apetito, controlar la ansiedad o para combatir la retención de líquidos en el organismo.