Heart Medicine

Heart Medicine : A True Love Story - One Couple's Quest for the Sacred Iboga Medicine & the Cure for Addiction

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Two longtime lovers: spray paint artist, Chor Boogie, and yogini and performance artist, Bast.

One shocking drug relapse--after more than a decade clean.

Then the disheartening discovery: 90% of narcotics addicts relapse in the first year with standard treatment models.

The lovers navigate the treacherous labyrinth of addiction and ultimately chose to pursue treatment with an obscure indigenous African sacred plant medicine called iboga, used since ancient times for shamanic initiation and spiritual healing, and proven to have powerful addiction breaking effects. It sounds too good to be true, but it's seems to be worth the try, considering the alternatives.

This medicine is only available well beyond the borders of the United States. There is hope for healing, if they can both make it to the shaman in time.

As their journey unfolds, it becomes clear that their relationship demands a detox as well. They are brought to a critical crossroads, facing deepening intimacy--or dissolution.


​Winner of the 2017 National Indie Excellence Award for Spirituality
Top Finalist for the 2017 National Indie Excellence Award for Addiction & Recovery
Finalist for the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award for New Age
Honorable Mention for the 2017 San Francisco Book Festival for Memoir/Autobiography

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Product details

  • Paperback | 412 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 23mm | 522g
  • English
  • 0997121300
  • 9780997121308
  • 1,164,884

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"I stayed up and read 200 pages in one sitting! Elizabeth Bast's writing is so compelling, so present! What a gift she is giving the world with her experience and her exquisite writing. It's the best kind of modern love story: passionate lovers, spiritual awakening, urban addictions, and the rising power of shamanism and plant medicine to help individuals, couples and families step into a new, more enlivened and powerful paradigm of relating. It's not only a fascinating read, it has the power to be a vehicle of healing for so many. There are so many folks right now on prescription medication or addicted to drugs (or hey, even playing Sudoku) who are seeking relief from suffering. This is the perfect story to get through to them. And also for those who are already more aware, what an amazing reminder of what is possible and how to realign with what we know to be true. I'm so heartened to know that her story offers true solutions to modern ailments and is now available to the world at large. It's going to grab people and give them a healing just as they read it." - Bella Shing, Award-Winning Writer, Director, & Founder of Sweeter Media
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25 ratings
4.12 out of 5 stars
5 48% (12)
4 28% (7)
3 16% (4)
2 4% (1)
1 4% (1)
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