WHAT IS NUNU?
Nunu is an indigenous sacred medicine made from medicinal trees, barks, and leaves from the Amazon Forest. Nunu is also referred to as rape, which is pronounced, “ha-peh” in English. Nunu is primarily made from tobacco but also includes cacao and macambo nut, all of which are ground down into a fine powder. Rape is consumed through bamboo or bone pipes, either from a shaman, or self-administered. The powder is blown into each nostril in a quick motion. This initial intake of the medicine creates a break in thoughts, and feels quite intense, and not very pleasant. After the medicine has been shot into the nostrils it will clear the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual bodies. The powder will move through the body by expelling mucus back out through the nose, or down the back of the throat.
Some people experience nausea or purging with nunu, but this is not always the case. The medicine releases acetylcholine, dopamine, and epinephrine in the brain. It clears bacteria, viruses, and illnesses from the body. It is also said to heal the pituitary gland, and decalcify the pineal gland (although there is no scientific backing for this yet). The pineal gland is responsible for regulating circadian rhythms, the immune system, and melatonin, and is also responsible for neurodegenerative diseases, if it is not cleared of fluoride or toxic buildup.