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Some in Gabon believe the bitter iboga root comes from the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden.The deaths, deemed accidental, of two Western initiates saw the practice come under sharp scrutiny.Users say it helps them to break away from negative habits, and an extract from the root is now being used in Western medicine to treat drug addicts and alcoholics.Despite the dangers and the high price, Tatayo says he receives around 20 to 25 new foreign initiates – mainly Europeans – a year.
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